School of Nursing
Waters College of Health Professions

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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The Adult-Gerontology 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-three semester credit hours is required for completion of the Adult-Gerontology 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-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner major are eligible to take national certification examinations.


Professional License Disclosure

The School of Nursing anticipates that graduates of this program will seek the following professional state licenses or certifications: Certification as an APRN (Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner [depending on which program they completed]) and licensure as an APRN.

For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for APRN license visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (www.ncsbn.org).

The School of Nursing has determined that the required classes and educational activities of this online academic program will qualify a graduate of this program to take the exam for certification as an APRN in Georgia and other states as listed on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (www.ncsbn.org). 

For all Online Programs:

Federal Law requires colleges and universities to make certain disclosures to prospective students of these programs. These disclosure include information on the University’s authority to operate outside of Georgia, complaint processes, adverse actions, and refunds.

For required disclosures in general with regard to online programs offered by the University, visit the Office of Legal Affairs website.


Accreditation: 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 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Last updated: 2/20/2020

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