Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Block Schedule and Textbooks

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

VUSN reserves the right through its established procedures to change this schedule as course requirements dictate.

For questions contact Specialty Director Brian Widmar or by phone: 615-875-8799

Please Note: The dates on this block schedule are for FULL TIME students. PART TIME students may not be required to be in class for the full block.

2019 - 2020 Block Schedule

New students, please remember mandatory orientation on August 19-20 . Students moving from the Pre-Specialty year into the Specialty year are only required to attend the afternoon session (beginning at 1 PM) on August 20.

New two-year part time students are required to attend the mandatory orientation on August 19-20, as well as the first day of classes (Wednesday, August 21 from 8AM until 12PM central). Part time students will only be required to attend block sessions during their clinical course sequence. Please note, if an elective course is taken during the first year of a two-year part time plan of study, on-campus attendance may be required.

Fall 2019 

  • Aug 21-23
  • Sept 9-13
  • Oct 7-11
  • Nov 11-15

Spring 2020

  • Jan 6-10
  • Feb 10-14
  • Mar 9-13

Summer 2020

  • May 18-22
  • July 29-31

2018 - 2019 Block Schedule

Summer 2019

  • May 6 – 8 
  • July 31 – August 2


Summer 2019

Course Name Instructor Required Materials Recommended Materials
6134: Pathophysiology and Collaborative Management in Acute Care for the Adult-Gerontology ACNP III Brian Widmar

Papadakis, M., McPhee, S. & Rabow, M. (2017). Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment 2018 (57th ed.). New York: Lange. ISBN: 9781259861482.

American Psychological Association (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, D.C. ISBN: 9781433805615.

Bickley, L.S., & Szilagyi, P.G. (2016). Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking (12th ed.). New York: Lippincott. ISBN: 9781469893419.

Doherty, G. (2015). Current Surgical Diagnosis and Treatment (4th ed.). New York: Lange. ISBN: 9780071792110.

Fischbach, F., & Dunning, M.B. (2015). A Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests (9th ed.). New York: Lippincott. ISBN: 9780781771948.

Hammer, G., & McPhee, S. (2014). Pathophysiology of Disease: An Introduction to Clinical Medicine (7th ed.). New York: Lange. ISBN: 9780071806008.

Urden, L.D., Stacy, K.M., & Lough, M.E. (2017). Thelan's Critical Care Nursing: Diagnosis and Management (8th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby. ISBN: 9780323447522.

6195: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship Sharon Bryant   AACN & Wiegand, D.L. (2017). Procedure manual for critical care. 7th ed. Sauders/Elsevier.

Bhat, P. (2016). The Washington manual: Manual of medical therapeutics 35th ed. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Doherty, G.  (2015). Current surgical diagnosis and treatment. 14th ed. Norwalk, CT:  Appleton & Lange.

Domino, F.  (2018). Griffith's 5 minute clinical consult. 26th ed. Lippincott, Williams and   Wilkins.

Fischbach, F. & Dunning, M. (2015). Manual of laboratory and diagnostic tests.  (9th ed). Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins.

Goldman, L. & Schafer, A. (2015) Goldman's Cecil textbook of medicine. 25th ed. Elsevier    

Griffin, B. (2012). Manual of Cardiovascular Medicine. 4th ed. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Marino, P. (2014). The ICU Book. 4th ed.  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Papadakis, M., McPhee, S., & Rabow, M. (2017). Current medical diagnosis and treatment 2018.  57th ed. McGraw-Hill Education. 

Urden, L. D., & Stacy, K. M. (Eds.) (2017). Thelan's critical care nursing:  Diagnosis and             management. 8th ed. St. Louis: Mosby.

6065: Professional Formation 2: Application of Evidence in Healthcare Environments Sharon Karp

Melnyk BM, Fineout-Overholt E. Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2015 ISBN-13: 978-1451190946 ISBN-10: 1451190948

Ogrinc, G. S. (2011). Fundamentals of Health Care Improvement: A Guide to Improving Your Patient's Care. Joint Commission Resources. ISBN-13: 978-1599405698 ISBN-10: 1599405695

American Psychological Association. (2010) Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) Washington DC: American Psychological Association. ISBN-13: 978-1433805615 ISBN-10: 1433950618

Polit DF, Beck CT. Nursing Research: Generating and Assessing Evidence for Nursing Practice. 10th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2017 ISBN-13: 978-1496300232 ISBN-10: 1496300238 ---this book (including older past editions) will not have required readings, but is a staple resource text for many faculty and students.
6075: Professional Formation IV: Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice Leslie Hopkins
Brian Widmar

Buppert, C. (2017). Nurse Practitioner's Business and Legal Guide (6th ed). Burlington: Jones & Bartlett. ISBN: 978-1284117165

Tracy, M. F., & O'Grady, E. T. (2018). Hamric & Hanson's advanced practice nursing: An integrative approach. (6th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Health Sciences. ISBN: 9780323447706 (5th ed.)  New York: Saunders. ISBN: 978-14557398063.

American Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. (6th ed.). American Psychological Association. ISBN: 978-1433805615

6155: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Intensivist Practicum Megan Shifrin

McPhee, S., & Papadakis, M. (2018). Current medical diagnosis and treatment. Lange Medical Books. ISBN 9781259861482

Parillo, J. E., & Dellinger R. P. (2013) Critical Care Medicine: Principles of Diagnosis and Management in the Adult. (4th ed,) St. Louise: Mosby Elsevier. ISBN 9780323089296

New England Journal of Medicine Procedure website:

6170: Advanced Critical Care Simulation Megan Shifrin   See suggested texts from 6149, 6135, and 6155