Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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Program of Study
- Required courses for program.

AG-ACNPs assess and manage acutely ill patients within the inpatient/hospital setting and across hospital-to-clinic settings, including the emergency department, intensive care unit, acute and sub-acute care units, specialty clinics, or any combination of the above. The AG-ACNP can legally diagnose and treat medical conditions. In addition, some AG-ACNPs provide direct patient management from admission to discharge in collaboration with other members of the health care team. AG-ACNPs also may continue to follow the patient into the outpatient setting to ensure successful transition after discharge and complete resolution of transition needs.

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Program Information

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide advanced nursing care in complex patient situations. The AGACNP manages acute, critical, and chronic illness across the adult lifespan and across a continuum of care settings. The AGACNP program emphasizes evidence-based clinical practice to provide quality, patient-centered care that meets the specialized needs of complex and high acuity patients. Graduates of this program are prepared for direct care roles as an AGACNP and to be leaders within the healthcare system.

The BSN-DNP program with AGACNP concentration consists of 77 credit hours of coursework in a hybrid environment that includes online, blended, and on-campus courses. It requires 1000 hours of clinical practicum, with 675 hours in the AGACNP clinical specialty. Clinical practicums are arranged in a variety of hospital (including ICU and ER) and specialized outpatient settings, and include both medicine and surgery specialty areas.

The AGACNP program is offered in Chicago and at the Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford, Urbana, and Springfield regional sites.

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Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in one of the specialties, graduates may be eligible to seek certification from a variety of national programs (e.g., the American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC]).