Oct 04, 2023  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - MSN

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Master of Science in Nursing

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track – MS1236

School of Nursing
Athens Campus (Main Office)
Grover Center E365
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701
800-560-0144 (toll free)

Delivery Mode: Online

Terms of Entry: Fall

Program Overview

The Ohio University School of Nursing promotes excellence in the profession of nursing through education, scholarship, and service. The School provides quality educational experiences, utilizes clinical partnerships, and facilitates regional collaboration that will enhance the health of diverse communities.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program consists of both didactic and practice-based clinical performance courses. The didactic courses present the nursing knowledge, theoretical concepts, models, and research that inform patient care and evidence-based practice. The practice-based courses provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge; practice skills; plan, implement and evaluate interventions and programs; and learn the full scope of the role for which they are preparing.

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) track option prepares students to be eligible for certification as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP). AG-ACNPs provide direct patient management and patient care in acute and complex care settings.

Clinical practicum experiences occur in acute-care settings under supervision of acute-care physicians and advanced practice providers for a minimum of 500 direct-care hours. Courses are taught in a primarily online format with opportunities for synchronous web-based interactions with faculty and peers as well as brief on-campus intensives that focus on skills and advanced practice and procedures. The expected time for completion of the program is 5 semesters taking the typical two courses per semester.

Program Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Synthesize knowledge derived from a scientific foundation and evidence-based practice to demonstrate expertise in advanced nursing practice.
  • Analyze health care policies to enhance and improve population health outcomes across diverse clinical practice settings.
  • Demonstrate leadership and interprofessional collaboration for improving clinical prevention and health outcomes.
  • Synthesize and apply quality improvement strategies to promote positive health outcomes.  
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and confidence for entry-level advanced nursing practice.
  • Integrate knowledge and skills related to healthcare informatics in the advanced nursing practice role.

Opportunities for Graduates

This certificate provides specific specialty content required for board eligibility for AGACNP certification. This national certification is required by many healthcare organizations for employment as an acute-care nurse practitioner in acute care settings such as:

  • Caring for the Traumatically Injured
  • Emergency departments
  • Medical/Surgical ICUs
  • Cardiovascular ICUs
  • Specialized Intervention Units

Further Information

Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/chsp/nursing/graduate/masters/adult-gerontology-acute-care-nurse-practitioner

Admission Requirements

  • Awarded Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited institution with minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation from from individuals who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s ability to complete graduate-level coursework and practice abilities. A minimum of 2 of these must be from individuals prepared at or above the master’s level. One must be from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse.
  • Residents of and evidence of valid, unencumbered RN licensure in an approved state (https://www.ohio.edu/chsp/nursing/graduate/masters/msn-application-process)
  • A web-based admission interview with faculty
  • Evidence of the equivalent of two years full-time relevatns experience working as an RN within the past five years

Pre-Clinical Requirements

  • Specified health status/clinical requirements (i.e., immunization status, BLS certification) per the current Graduate Handbook
  • Federal and state background checks free from disqualifying offenses
  • Evidence of malpractice insurance

International Students

This certificate program does not permit full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this program.

Graduation Requirements

Complete 38 credit hours as follows:

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