2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) 
    
    May 25, 2019  
2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Return to: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)  

In the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialization, students build their core competencies to become nurse practitioners while acquiring the advanced practice skills essential to high-acuity healthcare settings such as hospital emergency rooms, intensive care units, trauma centers, and specialty practices. Coursework prepares students for the challenges of managing the care of acutely or chronically ill adolescents (13+), young adults, adults, and older adults across the entire patient care experience, from initial assessment and diagnosis to developing a treatment and care plan. Graduates of this program will also be prepared to apply research and evidence-based practice to support quality improvement initiatives.

Note on Certification


The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for national nurse practitioner certification exams, which are required for practice as a nurse practitioner in most states. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency to determine specific certification exam requirements. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners at www.aanpcertification.org, American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursecredentialing.org, or other nurse practitioner certification exam websites.

Note on Licensure


The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates with an active registered nurse (RN) license to practice as nurse practitioners. However, each state Board of Nursing has its own academic and certification requirements and issues its own credential for an RN to be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner in that state. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency in the state in which he or she wishes to practice to determine specific requirements. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance relating to the state-by-state requirements for practice as a nurse practitioner; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to the practice as a nurse practitioner in the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential. For more information about the requirements to practice as a nurse practitioner, students should contact the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency.