School of Nursing
Waters College of Health Professions

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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The Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Track prepares advanced practice nurses to care for acutely, critically or chronically ill adults. Experiences in clinical practice facilitate student integration and synthesis of theory about health and disease, findings of evidence-based research, knowledge of advanced pharmacotherapeutics and disease management, in order to meet healthcare needs of patients and their families. Opportunities are available to precept with physicians and experienced nurse practitioners in acute healthcare settings.

A total of forty-four semester credit hours is required for completion of the Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Track. The program’s courses prepare students in health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, diagnostic reasoning, clinical decision making, and advanced therapeutics. While this is an online program, there will be 2-3 on-campus learning days each semester while enrolled in these clinical specialty courses.

Graduates of the Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner major are eligible to take national certification examinations.

Why Georgia Southern?

  • Georgia Southern University is nationally recognized as a top 100 nursing program
  • New academic-clinical partnerships: Our partnerships with clinical agencies providing health services allow placement of students for clinical practicum.
  • Qualified preceptors: Our partnerships with professionals in the health field provide clinical supervision as they treat and care for the full range of diagnoses and conditions in team-based care.
  • AACN Accredited: The (baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or post-graduate APRN certificate program) at Georgia Southern University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (
  • National Recognition. Georgia Southern University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree has been recognized among the nation’s best in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Nursing Schools rankings. The graduate nursing program has been named one of the top 80 programs in the country under the Health Disciplines category, best programs along with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the University of South Carolina and the University of Central Florida to name a few.

Last updated: 10/23/2019

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