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Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Do you enjoy working in a fast-paced, challenging environment? Do you enjoy solving problems quickly, constantly learning new things and providing direct bedside care to adult patients, while working around the clock to help families understand their loved one's health? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then the University of Mississippi School of Nursing Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner track is the appropriate track for you.

Mississippi's only acute care nurse practitioner track

The Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner track, the only one of its kind in Mississippi, prepares nurses to deliver acute and critical care to adult clients in a variety of settings. This track's clinical component consists of 630 hours of guided experience under the mentorship of an advanced practice nurse or physician. The first 45 hours of clinical experience plus an additional 200 clinical hours must be done at UMMC. However, all clinical hours must be completed in the state of Mississippi. Graduates are eligible to take the ANCC or AACN national certification exams and obtain a state advanced practice license as a nurse practitioner.

Plans of study and course scheduling

The Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner coursework is offered through a combination of online, on-campus and hybrid methods. Half of the Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner courses meet on campus up to four times per semester; all other courses are either online or hybrid. Online courses may be synchronous, in which both the student and the instructor are online at the same time, or asynchronous. Asynchronous courses are courses in which students can access materials, lectures and assignments at any time. Hybrid courses may meet on campus up to four times per semester.

Flexible plans of study are available and are designed by faculty with individual consideration given to students' goals and geographic locations. Students will be given an individualized plan of study appropriate for their role by their academic adviser upon enrollment, and applicants who already have a nurse practitioner certification in another area will have a shorter plan of study.

Certification and Licensure

The University of Mississippi School of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, an Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) program leading to licensure and/or advanced practice certification/endorsement, satisfies the requirements set forth by the governing body in the State of Mississippi. Completion of the MSN Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner track also qualifies graduates to take the Adult-Gerontology/American Association of Critical Care Nurses Examination and the Nurse Practitioner/American Nurses Credentialing Center Examination. Please be advised that the requirements for Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner licensure and/or advanced practice certification/endorsement vary from state to state. If you are interested in the University of Mississippi School of Nursing’s MSN Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner track, please check with the appropriate nursing licensing body in the state where you intend to practice to verify that the desired program will meet the eligibility criteria for the professional credentials you seek.

For more information

For additional general information regarding the Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner track, you may email admissioncounselor@umc.edu or call (601) 815-0124.

For more specific information please contact the individual track director listed on this graduate contacts page.