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Acute Care Nursing Programs
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Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (ACNPs) are a sub-specialty of nurse practitioners providing mid-level care to adults in a variety of hospital-based departments. They are unique because they maintain a whole-person approach to treating patients and families who are coping with the stresses and strains of sudden and severe illness and hospitalization.

Even though they're working with acutely ill patients with complex medical problems, ACNPs can connect the dots between the different clinical services that exist to treat various problems that a patient may have. This connection helps to create continuity of care for patients and families, so ACNPs are like the glue that binds the various clinical services together around the patient - to create seamless, well-coordinated care.

Areas of Expertise for Acute Care Nurse Practitioners

Acute Care Nurse Practitioners are members of the healthcare team, providing skilled care to patients in almost any clinical area. Examples may include services such as cardiology, diabetes, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, plastic surgery, pulmonary medicine, transplantation, and radiology.

Unlike other Adult NPs who may practice in either community settings or hospitals, ACNPs focus their education and training in hospitals, where patients today have ever more complex healthcare needs involving multiple medical conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, in addition to the acute problems causing hospitalization.

Acute Care Nurse Practitioners are experts at assessing and managing acutely ill patients within a wide variety of clinical settings ranging from anesthesia services to neurology and radiology.

Acute Care Nurse Practitioners can legally diagnose and treat patients' diseases and conditions. In addition, some ACNPs direct patient care from the time of hospital admission to the time of discharge. Acute Care Nurse Practitioners collaborate with physicians and other members of the healthcare team to improve patient care in many ways. ACNPs also may track their patients into outpatient settings to ensure a successful transition from one setting to another. The exact structure of the role can vary and depends strongly upon the specific agreement an ACNP has with the physicians and other members of the healthcare team.

Options for Acute Care Nurse Practitioners

Some ACNPs choose to stick with one clinical area for their entire career, while others move around and work in different areas. The benefit of staying in one clinical area is a greater depth of knowledge and skill, which grows over time.

Those who choose to switch to different clinical areas develop a broader clinical base. Both kinds of career approaches are useful, and demonstrate the career flexibility that ACNPs have. The flexibility inherent in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner role creates job mobility, which generally means more options are open. Because of the variety of roles to choose from, ACNPs have a career that can change with them - throughout their lives.

ANPs may also conduct clinical research or manage research projects of all sizes. In these important roles a broad range of skills from history and physical taking to patient education, to data analysis and scientific writing may be put to use.

Spotlight on Johns Hopkins University

With access to unique resources, clinical sites, and faculty, students at Johns Hopkins learn to develop and apply assessment, diagnostic, and treatment skills to adrenaline-infused environments where patients are clinically unstable and dependent upon technology. Students who want to learn to improve outcomes for acutely ill adult patients find a rigorous academic environment at Johns Hopkins. They also benefit from a wealth of clinical opportunities to manage adult patients. The curriculum builds students' knowledge of theory, research, informatics, statistics, ethics, and the medical technology needed to manage patient populations.

Listed below are all of the schools in the US offering accredited Acute Care Nursing programs.

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Kaplan University - Online (Layton - Satellite of Ogden, UT)
Program Name: Adult Gerontology Practitioner Certificate (online)
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Alabama

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)
Program Name: Acute and Continuing Care NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Alabama in Huntsville (Huntsville, AL)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)
Program Name: Adult Acute Care NP (online), Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP (online), Advanced Emergency Nursing (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Dual Role) (online), Emergency NP (online), Pediatric Acute Care NP (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Arizona

Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, AZ)
Program Name: M.S. in Nursing: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Adult-Gerontology (accepts only AZ, CO, FL) (online), M.S. in Nursing: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist: Adult-Gerontology (online)
University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Program Name: Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (online)
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Arkansas

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock, AR)
Program Name: Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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California

Brandman University (Irvine, CA)
Program Name: Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
California State University-Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Program Name: Nurse Practitioner - Primary & Acute Adult, Nurse Practitioner - Primary & Acute Pediatric
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
Program Name: Advanced Practice Nursing of Adults and Elderly (Acute Critical Care Nursing NP/CNS CNS or Nurse Educator)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of California Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Program Name: Acute Care (CNS and/or NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of California San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
Program Name: Acute Care NP, Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Critical Care/Trauma Nursing CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Colorado

Colorado State University-Pueblo (Pueblo, CO)
Program Name: Acute-Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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Connecticut

University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)
Program Name: Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Acute Care (CNS or NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Yale University (New Haven, CT)
Program Name: Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Florida

Barry University (Miami Shores, FL)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers, FL)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Jacksonville University (Jacksonville, FL)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner/Emergency Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL)
Program Name: Acute Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Georgia

Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Mercer University (Atlanta, GA / Macon, GA)
Program Name: Acute/Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Master of Science in Acute/Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (Adult)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Illinois

Loyola University Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Program Name: Acute Care CNS, Acute Care NP (ACNP), Acute Care-Emergency Care NP (ENP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Rush University (Chicago, IL)
Program Name: Acute Care NP (ACNP), Acute/Chronic Care Pediatric NP (ACCNP), Critical Care CNS (CCCS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Program Name: Acute Care (CNS or NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Indiana

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Southern Indiana (Evansville, IN)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Iowa

Allen College (Waterloo, IA)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Kansas

Wichita State University (Wichita, KS)
Program Name: Acute Care NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Kentucky

University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
Program Name: MSN - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Louisiana

Northwestern State University of Louisiana (Shreveport, LA)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP), Critical Care Nursing of an Adult
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Maryland

Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
Program Name: Adult Acute/Critical Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Maryland (Baltimore, MD)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute, Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing: A Blended Clinical Nurse Specialist and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, Trauma/Critical Care and Emergency Nursing CNS/NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Massachusetts

MGH Institute of Health Professions (Boston, MA)
Program Name: Acute Care CNS, Acute Care NP, CNS, NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
Program Name: Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary and Acute Care
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Regis College (Weston, MA)
Program Name: Acute/Critical Care Clinical Specialist
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
University of Massachusetts-Boston (Boston, MA)
Program Name: Master's Program in Nursing - Acute and Critical Care CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Massachusetts-Medical School (Worcester, MA)
Program Name: Adult Acute/Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner with Adult/Acute Critical Care or Adult Primary Care
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Michigan

Baker College (Auburn Hills, MI / Clinton Township, MI / Flint, MI / Muskegon, MI / Owosso, MI)
Program Name: Nursing (Pre-licensure) - Bachelor
Madonna University (Livonia, MI)
Program Name: Adult Acute/Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
Program Name: Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
Program Name: Adult Acute & Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Minnesota

Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Program Name: MSN - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (RN Track) (online), MSN- Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (BSN Track) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Mississippi

University of Mississippi Medical Center (Jackson, MS)
Program Name: Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Missouri

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College (Saint Louis, MO)
Program Name: Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
St. Louis University (Saint Louis, MO)
Program Name: Adult Acute Care NP (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Nebraska

Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
Program Name: Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Cardiology, Gerontology, or Oncology option), Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, NE)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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New Jersey

Rutgers The State University of New Jersey-Newark (Newark, NJ)
Program Name: Acute Care of the Adult and Aged (NP or CNS) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (Newark, NJ)
Program Name: Acute/Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, Acute/Critical Care: Advanced Practice Oncology Nursing
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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New Mexico

University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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New York

Adelphi University (Garden City, NY)
Program Name: Emergency Nursing/Disaster Management
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Columbia University (New York, NY)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
New York University (New York, NY)
Program Name: Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Acute Care NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY)
Program Name: Adult Health Practitioner (Primary / Acute Care)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The College of New Rochelle (New Rochelle, NY)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)
Program Name: Acute Care NP, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Cardiovascular or Critical Care)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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North Carolina

Duke University (Durham, NC)
Program Name: Adult Critical Care (NP or CNS), Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Ohio

Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Kent State University (Kent, OH)
Program Name: Acute Care NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
Program Name: Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Wright State University (Dayton, OH)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma Health Science Center (Oklahoma City, OK)
Program Name: Acute Care CNS
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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Pennsylvania

Thomas Jefferson University (Danville, PA / Philadelphia, PA)
Program Name: Acute Care (NP and/or CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
Program Name: Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute/Chronic Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Critical Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Post-Masters DNP - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Johnstown, PA)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
Widener University (Chester, PA)
Program Name: Emergency/Critical Care Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Rhode Island

Rhode Island College (Providence, RI)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Adult), Adult Health / Acute Care CNS
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South Carolina

University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)
Program Name: Acute Care Clinical Specialist, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Tennessee

Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, TN)
Program Name: Acute Care NP
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis, TN)
Program Name: Acute Critical Care (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - ACNP (online), Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - ACNP, Emergency Nurse Practitioner FNP/ACNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care (online), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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Texas

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (Lubbock, TX)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX)
Program Name: Acute Care NP, Acute Care Pediatric NP, Emergency NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas at Tyler (Tyler, TX)
Program Name: Acute Care NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (Houston, TX)
Program Name: Acute Care Nursing (CNS or NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Critical Care Nursing (Clinical Nurse Specialist)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (Galveston, TX)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Virginia

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
Program Name: Acute and Specialty Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)
Program Name: Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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Wisconsin

Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)
Program Name: Acute Care - Adults, Acute Care NP, Pediatric Acute Care NP, Pediatrics - Acute Care
Accreditation: CCNE accredited