Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
Certification Review/Clinical Update
Live Course

Barkley & Associates is approved as a provider of nurse practitioner continuing education by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners: AANP Provider Number 081018. This program has been approved for 11.25 contact hours of continuing education
(which includes 5 hours of pharmacology).


Why choose anyone else?
Choose Barkley & Associates,
“Simply The Best!” W. Barkley, Jr., DSN, ACNP-BC, FAANP is President of Barkley & Associates, Inc., dedicated to providing the nation’s best nurse practitioner certification review/clinical update and continuing education courses. He is also a Professor of Nursing and Director of Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs at California State University, Los Angeles. Since the mid-1990s, Dr. Barkley has been actively teaching, developing, and implementing nurse practitioner continuing education offerings both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Barkley’s clinical background and practice are in critical and acute care nursing, where he holds national certification as an acute care nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Alabama, a master’s degree in critical care nursing from the University of Virginia, and holds the doctor of science in nursing degree with a specialty in nursing education and nursing education administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also distinguished as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

In addition to his classroom and practice responsibilities, Dr. Barkley is the primary editor of the American Journal of Nursing Book-of-the-Year award-winning text, Practice Guidelines for Acute Care Nurse Practitioners. He has also published numerous refereed articles related to acute care nursing practice, nursing education, and multicultural HIV/AIDS prevention.

Using expertise gleaned from his years of experience, Dr. Barkley annually assists thousands of nurse practitioners with successful passing of their initial national certification
exams. His company offers the most extensive number of different specialty live certification review/clinical update courses in the country. Additionally, Barkley & Associates provides the nation’s leading continuing education expertise in 24/7 online pharmacology updates for all nurse practitioners.

While dually prepared as both an ACNP and ANP, Dr. Barkley frequently presents numerous continuing education courses both nationally and internationally, with consistently outstanding evaluations. As a dynamic and engaging speaker, he frequently co-presents with other expert faculty in many of Barkley & Associates' courses.

What's Included:

  • 11.25 contact hours of CE (certificate)

  • Extensive Course Manual

  • 12 hours of Acute Care content

  • 5 hours of pharmacology credit

  • Total course run time 12 hours

  • Individual attention from the faculty

  • Small classroom environment

  • Morning coffee service & afternoon soda break in most cities

  • Special unpublished hotel rates for course attendees (when available)

Course Overview:

Test-taking and Study Strategies for Success

Extensive Review of System-Specific Health Problems

♦ Cardiovascular

♦ Pulmonary

♦ Endocrine

♦ Neurological

♦ Renal/genitourinary


♦ Gastrointestinal

♦ Hematology

♦ Oncology

♦ Immunology

♦ Musculoskeletal

♦ Miscellaneous

Psychosocial Health Issues

♦ Violence

♦ Depression

♦ Substance abuse

♦ Anxiety

♦ Grief

♦ Sexuality

♦ Powerlessness

♦ Altered mental status


Common Problems in Acute Care

♦ Fever

♦ Shock

♦ Nutritional imbalances

♦ Fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base imbalances

♦ Poisoning and drug toxicities

♦ Wound management

♦ Infections (community, hospital, opportunistic)

♦ Immobility

♦ Palliative care (end-of-life, pain management)

♦ Transplantation

♦ Pain (acute, chronic)

Nurse Practitioner/Patient Relationship

♦ Professional therapeutic relationships

♦ Advanced directives

♦ Privacy and confidentiality

♦ Crisis intervention

♦ Therapeutic communication

♦ Patient autonomy

♦ Collaboration

♦ Cultural competence and sensitivity

Assessment and Diagnosis

♦ Comprehensive health assessments

♦ Patient risk analyses

♦ Epidemiology

♦ Screening exams

♦ Differential diagnoses

♦ Diagnostic reasoning

♦ Prioritization


Clinical Management

♦ Integrating and applying evidence-based practice

♦ Standards of care

♦ Clinical guidelines

♦ Management of acute, chronic, and complex conditions

♦ Service consultation and/or referral

♦ Documentation

♦ Health promotion

♦ Risk factor management

♦ Patient teaching

♦ Evaluating outcomes

Health Care Delivery

♦ Coordination of multidisciplinary care

♦ Health care policy

♦ Resource allocation

♦ Negotiating and implementing the plan of care among providers

♦ Navigating the health care system on behalf of the patient

♦ Federal and state regulations

♦ Health care financing

♦ Billing and coding

♦ Reimbursement and third party payers

♦ Access to care

♦ Institutional, federal and state regulations

♦ Continuous quality improvement

♦ Root cause analyses

♦ Sentinel events

♦ Conflict management

♦ Error prevention

Professional Responsibility

♦ Scope of practice

♦ Standards of practice

♦ Credentialing

♦ Privileging

♦ Time management

♦ Advocating for the patient

♦ Multidisciplinary collaboration

♦ Ethical principles

♦ Legal principles

♦ Patient abandonment

♦ Confidentiality

♦ Medical futility

♦ Informed consent

♦ Research methods

♦ Evaluating evidence

ACNP Live Course Schedule
  • To register: click on the "City" or "Course Status" columns below

  • Please Note:  Register EARLY to receive the BEST course price and savings!  

  • Registrations received < 2 weeks from course start date: add $50

  • Special Savings: Purchase Home Study Audio CDs with your Live Review Course and save up to $50.00! (*Pricing does not include Shipping & Handling)

  • Course registration fee as well as associated travel expenses may be tax deductible!
    Please consult with your tax advisor regarding your personal situation.

2012 Live Course Schedule
City Dates Location Early Bird

Course Status
(Click to go to registration page)

Detroit, MI

 Aug 15-16

Wayne State University



Dallas, TX 

 Aug 23-24

Hilton Garden Inn DFW Airport South



 Mobile, AL

Dec 10-11

  Hilton Garden Inn Mobile West



2013 Live Course Schedule
City Dates


Early Bird

Course Status
(Click to go to registration page)

Baltimore, MD

January 10-11

  Hilton Baltimore



 Houston, TX

Jan 25-26

  Hilton Houston Hobby Airport




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