Adult/Gerontology- Acute Care Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) are Registered Nurses educated at the Master's level with expertise in the care of the adult/gerontology population with high intensity nursing and medical needs, including acute, critical, and complex chronic health conditions. Preparation in the following roles is offered: Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) and Acute Care Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACCNS or Adult CNS). Graduate are eligible to sit for certification as Acute Care or Adult NPs or CNSs.
An additional option within this program is specialization as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist in oncology nursing (with additional eligibility to sit for certification as an Advanced Oncology Certified NP or CNS). Dual preparation as both a nurse practitioner and a clinical nurse specialist is also available.
The population of interest for these programs is adults, from late adolescence through senescence, who have acute, critical and complex chronic health needs. The age and patient status, not the location of the patient, is key; students may care for patients in a variety of settings, including the patient's home, outpatient clinics, medical/surgical wards, critical care units, or emergency/urgent care units.
Acute Care Nurse Practitioners provide advanced nursing care across the continuum of healthcare services to meet the specialized physiological and psychological needs of adult/gerontology patients with acute, critical, and complex chronic health conditions. They perform comprehensive health assessments, order and interpret the full spectrum of diagnostic tests and procedures, use differential diagnosis to reach a medical diagnosis, construct and order a plan of care, and evaluate the outcomes of interventions for patients.
Adult/Gerontology-Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialists intervene in the individual patient/family sphere, a nurses-nursing practice sphere, and the organizations-systems sphere to influence patient outcomes. Their activities span 8 dimensions of care: clinical judgment, clinical inquiry, facilitation of learning, collaboration, systems thinking, advocacy/moral agency, caring practices, and response to diversity. Clinical Nurse Specialists perform comprehensive health assessments, interpret diagnostic tests and procedures within their areas of expertise, provide expert consultation to other health care providers, support organizational goals, evaluate application of research to clinical practice within an organizational setting, provide formal and informal multidisciplinary education, and provide leadership, mentoring and guidance to staff nurses.
The goal of the UCLA School of Nursing Adult/Gerontology-Acute Care program is to prepare nurses to assume an advanced practice role in the care of adult/gerontology patients with acute illnesses or with exacerbations of chronic illness and with high-intensity nursing and medical needs. While all students are expected to gain proficiency with care of adult/gerontology patients in acute care general medicine settings, students may also select an area of focus within the adult/gerontology population. Students specializing in oncology may select from a variety of oncology settings.
Education: Master of Science in Nursing
Credentials (depending on role and/or specialty):
Types of Care provided by the Advanced Practice Nurse:
Key elements of the ACNP include:
Key elements of the ACCNS include:
The two-year program (3 quarters per year) consists of theory and clinical courses designed to prepare APNs to work in a collaborative practice setting. Courses meet the criteria designated by state and national accreditation bodies and professional organizations including the California Board of Registered Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty. Dual NP/CNS students also take an intensive clinical course during the Summer Session between the first and second years of study.
Nursing Core Courses:
N200 Biobehavioral Theoretical Foundations of Health Assessment
N204 Research Design and Critique
N224 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses
N229ABC Systems-Based Health Care 1, 2, and 3
N231 Human Physiology
Adult/Gero Acute Care Courses:
N214A and 214B Seminar for Advanced Concepts in Oncology I and II (required for Oncology)
N414A and 414B Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Oncology NP I and II (required for Oncology)
N216ABC Adult/Gero Concepts for Advanced Practice Nurses in Acute Care I, II, and II
N416A-E Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners I through V
N440 Advanced Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis Practicum
N444 Adult/Gero Advanced Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis Practicum II
Clinical Lab and Practica Courses:
Advanced Assessment (N440)
Advanced Practice Clinical Practica (N416A-E and N414AB)
Clinical Nurse Specialist Courses:
N220 Theories of Instruction and Learning in Nursing
N245 Theoretical Foundations of CNS Practice
N267 Health Care Policy
N269 Quality Improvement and Population-Based Quality of Practice
N445 Advanced practice Nursing Residency: CNS
Theory Elective(s): 4 units required
Clinical Elective(s) – optional additional clinical hours by arrangement with individual faculty