Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

AGACNP Hospitalist Focus

What Will You Do as an AGACNP Hospitalist?

As an AGACNP Hospitalist, you will provide comprehensive medical care to acutely ill patients requiring hospitalization. You will be prepared to practice with multi-disciplinary services to provide general medical care to hospitalized patients along the complete hospital trajectory, from admission to discharge. This discipline focus area is to provide care to both critically ill and non-critically ill patients admitted in all capacities of the hospital.

Where Will You Practice?

The AGACNP Hospitalist delivers comprehensive medical care to those patients whose illness requires hospitalization.AGACNP Hospitalists are utilized in both tertiary and community hospitals.

How Will Vanderbilt Prepare You?

Increased patient acuity in hospital settings has led to the development of the Hospitalist role in an effort to improve comprehensive care management of hospitalized patients. Hospital practice has grown exponentially, thus creating a new demand for the AGACNP Hospitalist. The Hospitalist sub-specialty program is designed to provide didactic and clinical experiences which will prepare you to practice in a variety of hospital settings. The program pairs the AGACNP Hospitalist student with a Hospitalist physician or nurse practitioner to provide complex hospital care to a variety of acutely ill patients. Advanced clinical simulations are also utilized to help guide and refine clinical skills.

Through this program:

  • Your curriculum will include the AGACNP content with additional coursework in advanced care of the hospitalized patient
  • Clinical hands on experience by working with a Hospitalist
  • Clinical simulations which focus on management of specialized clinical situations you will experience as a Hospitalist
  • Introduction to a specialized patient care skills such as airway management, central line placement, and lumbar puncture

The program is offered in a modified-distance format. Registered nurses with 2 or more years of nursing experience may pursue the AGACNP Hospitalist sub-specialty program without having to relocate or terminate employment. Courses are offered via different learning methods which include on-campus time during the weekdays, online conferencing and clinical practicum placement in your home region.

Due to State Boards of Nursing and/or State Higher Educational rules, the School may not be able to provide clinical placements in your location of choice, but every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate your placement request.

Credentials and Certification

Graduation from the Vanderbilt MSN program prepares you to sit for the AGACNP certification exam, and eligible for prescriptive authority consistent with state law. Visit Credentialing and Certification for specific information. 

Interested in learning more about the AGACNP Hospitalist focus? Watch a previously-recorded webinar (August 2017), which:

  • Describes the program in detail
  • Explains the application requirements
  • Provides tips for preparing a competitive application