Schools for Acute Care Nurse Practitioners

Learn where to find acute care nurse practitioner programs and what admission requirements you need to meet. Find out how to select a school that works for you and what subject matter will be covered in a degree program. Schools offering Family Nurse Practitioner degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Students interested in becoming an acute care nurse practitioner can choose from a couple of education options. You can explore these options, how they are delivered, what they cover, and where they are offered by taking a look at the article below.

What Types of Schools Offer Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Programs?

University-based nursing schools commonly offer Master of Science in Nursing programs with an acute-care nurse practitioner specialization. Some schools also offer post-master's certificate programs to nurses who already have a master's degree in the field but want to specialize in acute-care nursing.

Which Schools Offer Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Master Degree Programs?

Plenty of universities present an opportunity to earn a master's degree in acute care nurse practitioner. See the schools below:

  • Drexel University delivers an online Master of Science in Nursing in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree program
  • Thomas Jefferson University has a hybrid format Master of Science in Nursing in Adult Gerontology- Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree program
  • Duke University hosts a hybrid format Master of Science in Nursing in Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner Acute Care degree program

Which Schools Offer Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate Programs?

You can also go on to earn an acute care nurse practitioner post-master's certificate. Listed here are a couple of program examples:

  • University of Pennsylvania houses a Post-Master's Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate program
  • Vanderbilt University provides a Post-Master's Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program
  • University of Cincinnati has an Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate program

What Are the Requirements to Attend These Schools?

To apply to an acute-care nurse practitioner program, you need to be a registered nurse (RN). To become an RN, you must earn an undergraduate degree in nursing from an accredited school and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

Most schools look for applicants who have clinical experience in an acute-care setting or at least one year of experience as RNs. Additional prerequisites often include letters of recommendation, a current resume and undergraduate transcripts. An interview with a nursing faculty member may also be required.

What Should I Look For in a School?

Consider attending a school whose program is accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Completion of an accredited program is required in order to obtain certification as an acute-care nurse practitioner through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Most states require you to be certified in order to work as a nurse practitioner.

If you're currently employed, you might consider attending a hybrid program. In these programs, you'll take some courses online while attending others on campus. You may be able to complete required clinical rotations at a health care facility in your area.

What Will I Learn?

Classes in acute-care nurse practitioner programs train you to care for acutely ill patients or patients in critical condition. You'll study clinical skills used in the field, like diagnosis techniques, pharmacology, working alongside other physicians and monitoring patient recoveries. You'll be prepared for work as a nurse practitioner in trauma wards, intensive care units and hospital emergency departments.

Acute care nurse practitioner graduate programs are commonly available at plenty of universities. They may be offered as a specialization within a master of science in nursing degree, sometimes delivered entirely online; at the next level, you can find post-master's certificate programs that expand on previous education.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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