Curriculum development for preparation of acute care nurse practitioners requires a comprehensive process. To develop a program for their preparation at a large university, the faculty examined needs of the target patient population and care delivery system; scope of acute care nurse practitioner practice; current guidelines for the education of primary care nurse practitioners; evolving guidelines for the didactic and clinical education of acute care nurse practitioners; educational requirements of governing or licensing and certifying bodies; and placement of this new role within the existing healthcare team structure. A curriculum was then developed using a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach.

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