The application deadline is April 1, 2018 for Fall 2018 start.
The Post-Graduate Certificate curriculum is designed for working professionals. The classes/labs/simulations are taught using a block format or executive style with classes being offered one long weekend a month (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) from 0800-1700. During the summer, there are two 4-day blocks of classes that include the weekend (Thursday – Sunday).
Critical care experience is not required but is helpful. It is recommended for students to have mastery of basic EKG/Rhythm recognition skills and have completed an ACLS course prior to starting the program.
Admission into this certificate program requires that you have already completed a master’s degree (or higher) with a focus as a primary care nurse practitioner (FNP, ANP, AG-PCNP, etc.). Moreover, you must have completed all the prerequisite courses for advanced practice including pathophysiology, advanced health assessment and pharmacology.
Yes, to complete the DNP in tandem with the AG-ACNP, you will meet with the DNP advisor to create an individual and detailed program of study based on your prior course work.
The DNP courses are not offered executive style and will require attendance in classes offered during the week. Typically, these courses are taught on Mondays (although subject to change).
The post-graduate certificate option will only be offered for a limited period. In 2021, the post-masters certificate option will be phased out leaving only a post-doctoral certificate. For people with a master’s degree, the last cohort to be admitted into a certificate program will be September 2020. If you have a DNP or PhD, you will still be able to pursue a post-graduate certificate, however, the class format may transition into a traditional classroom approach (weekly classes and seminars).
There are two certifying agencies offering the AG-ACNP certification exam. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (ACCN). Upon completion of this program you are eligible to sit for both examinations.
This is a new focus and you must complete a minimum of 550 clinical hours regardless of where you are currently practicing. Your clinical schedule can be adapted to your current clinical practice requirements. Due to the fast pace of acute care, we ask you to complete a minimum of two consecutive days and prefer three consecutive days allowing you to be able to assess client changes over time.
Yes, we have several clinical agency partners in western Washington and can help with clinical placements. If you have contacts for clinical placement, we can work with you to complete your clinical in your preferred locations. Prior to starting any clinical hours, an Affiliation Agreement must be in place between Seattle University and the clinical agency and students must complete all “onboarding” that is required by the agency.
Unfortunately, no. You cannot be related to your preceptor. Your preceptor must be free to provide direct and essential feedback to you during your rotations. If you have this type of a relationship/connection, it may be very helpful to arrange clinical training for your classmates with your family member.
The depends. Under no circumstance can you consider hours that you are getting paid as your clinical hours for school. If you work in a large agency and you can complete your hours in a different department, this is acceptable if you are not getting paid. You may not complete your clinical hours in the unit in which you are employed.
Yes, but this requires advanced planning. You must be approved by that state's board of nursing and hold at least an RN license in that state, unless it is a federal agency. If you are requesting to complete your clinical hours outside the state of Washington, you may be asked to pay the travel expenses for faculty to make required site visits.
You need to hold a current license in the state where you will complete your clinical experiences. If you live in a different state and will be able to complete all your clinical hours in that state, you do not need to hold a Washington RN license.
Yes, you will need a current policy in your name before starting clinical rotations. Even if your current employer provides your malpractice coverage as an umbrella coverage, you still need your own policy. This can be a student policy, but it must be in your name and have coverage for at least $1 million per occurrence and $3 million aggregate. Your policy can be from any commercial vendor that provides professional medical malpractice coverage.
Yes, if accepted for admission to the AG-ACNP program, you will need to complete a background check through “certified background”, provide documentation regarding vaccinations titers, influenza vaccination, complete a 2-step tuberculin skin test, and hold a current AHA CPR for healthcare providers. There will be more information available, if you are accepted.
Yes, tentative dates (subject to change) for the 2018/2019 cohort are:
Fall I - First Quarter
The first quarter of the program focuses on pharmacology, but from an inpatient perspective including conversion of outpatient medications to inpatient prescribing and then back to outpatient. Procedures such as basic and advanced suturing techniques, cardiac rhythms and 12 lead EKG interpretation, radiological interpretation, performance of point of care ultrasound with interpretation, joint injections, biopsies, and principals of wound care will also be covered.
Winter - Second Quarter
The second quarter focuses on management of chronic health conditions while clients have acute exacerbations. This quarter will have a didactic and simulation component in addition to clinical hour requirements. There will be specific skills taught in this course such as paracentesis, central line placement, and lumbar puncture. (Hospitalist role)
Spring - Third Quarter
The third quarter focuses on management of acute conditions (unstable angina, COPD exacerbation, respiratory failure, pneumonia, etc.) in addition to underlying chronic health conditions. The course will have a didactic and simulation component in addition to clinical hour requirements. There will be specific skills taught in this course such as intubation (airway management), chest decompression (needle and tube thoracotomy). (Inpatient subspecialty role)
Summer - Fourth Quarter
The fourth quarter focuses on critical care management. This quarter will address airway and ventilation support, hemodynamic monitoring, nutritional support, and other aspects of critical care. The course will build on previous material and include didactic/simulation/clinic hour requirements. There will be an additional critical care pharmacology course taught during this quarter. (Critical care intensivist role)
Fall II - Fifth Quarter
The fifth quarter is designed for specialty content and is driven by the learner and the post program goals. If the learner is planning to work in cardiology, these clinical objectives and hours can focus on cardiology.