The baccalaureate nursing program and master’s/post-master’s certificate programs at Cedar Crest College located in Allentown, Pennsylvania are accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 404-975-5000
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the baccalaureate nursing program and the master’s/post-master’s certificate programs is continuing accreditation.
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The Post-Master’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Certificate program in Adult Gerontology Acute Care is designed for registered nurses who hold a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing, and are interested in specializing in another area of study. Graduates of the Post-Master’s APRN Certificate program are expected to meet the outcomes of the Master’s program, the core nurse practitioner (NP) competencies, and the population-focused competencies for the specialty NP track.
All entering Post-Master’s APRN Certificate students must show evidence of having completed three (3) separate, comprehensive graduate-level courses in advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology. Post-Master’s APRN Certificate students who have not satisfactorily completed such courses will be required to complete MSN 550, MSN 551, and MSN 552 as part of the Certificate curriculum.
All students entering the Post-Master’s APRN Certificate program will have a gap analysis performed to determine their individual plans of study. Graduates are eligible for national certification.
Semester 1 (Spring)
MSN 620 Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner(2 credits didactic)
MSN 621 Clinical Practicum for Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (1 credit clinical)
Semester 2 (Summer)
MSN 610 Adult Gerontology Diagnosis & Management of Chronic & Acute Illnesses I (3 credits; 12 weeks)
MSN 611 Clinical Practicum Adult Gerontology Diagnosis & Management of Chronic & Acute Illnesses I (3 credits [168 clock hours]; 12 weeks)
Semester 3 (Fall)
MSN 612 Adult Gerontology Diagnosis & Management of Chronic & Acute Illnesses-II (3 credits; 14 weeks)
MSN 613 Clinical Practicum Adult Gerontology Diagnosis & Management of Chronic & Acute Illnesses-II (4 credits [224 clock hours]; 14 weeks)
Semester 4 (Spring)
MSN 614 Adult Gerontology Traumatic Injury & Emergency Illnesses Diagnosis & Management (1 credit; 14 weeks)
MSN 615 Clinical Residency (5 credits [280 clock hours]; 14 weeks)
Integrate knowledge of theory and research to develop a comprehensive and ethical approach for nursing practice, education, and administration in a global society.
Utilize advanced clinical knowledge and skill to promote, maintain, and/or restore optimum wellness to clients.
Articulate the issues and trends that affect the social, economic, political, and institutional forces that influence nursing and health care delivery.
Critically appraise and utilize scientific, expert, and other sources of knowledge to ensure quality outcomes in the context of evidence-based practice.
Develop collaborative and interprofessional relationships to improve health outcomes in a variety of settings.
Provide full scope of evidence-based care utilizing both independent and collaborative approaches, to the adult/gerontology population.
Manage acute, critical, and/or complex chronic health problems, health promotion activities, disease prevention, and transitional support and end of life care.
Participate in evidence-based quality improvement initiatives to improve health care outcomes.
Coordinate health care teams and engage in inter-professional collaboration with members of the health care team.
Advocate for health care systems and policies that reduce health disparities, facilitate access to care, and address cultural diversity.