Wayne State University

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Adult Acute & Critical Care Nurse Practitioner

The Master of Science in Nursing degree with a focus in Adult Acute & Critical Care Nursing prepares the nurse for advanced practice in the care of physically ill adults. Emphasis is on adults with existing and/or potential physiological alterations and their concomitant developmental and psychosocial needs. Clinical practicum sites are individualized based on the student’s identified goals and area of clinical interest. The curriculum develops the advanced practice nurse’s roles of practitioner, educator, and clinical scholar through education in rigorous and consistent diagnostic reasoning and theory-based practice. The analysis, critique, and utilization of nursing and biopsychosocial theory and constructs are also reviewed. Graduates are eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

Course Requirements: 43 Credits
Master's Core Courses: 13 Credits
Course Title Credits
NUR 6510 Health Economics, Policy, and Professional Issues for APNs 3
NUR 7015 Research for Evidence-Based Advanced Practice I 4
NUR 7018 Research for Evidence-Based Advanced Practice II 3
NUR 7105 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice 3
Cognates and Pre-Clinical Course: 12 Credits
NUR 7030 Advanced Nursing Assessment 5
NUR 7890 Special Topics in Nursing: Pathophysiology 4
NUR 7555 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice 3
Clinical Nursing Sequence: 18 Credits
NUR 7130 APN: Oncology, Mental Health and Lifestyle Changes 6
NUR 7140 APN: Management of Cardiopulmonary and Renal Problems 6
NUR 7370 APN: Management of Neurological, Endocrine and Musculo-Skeletal Problems 6