University of Southern Indiana

Adult-Gerontologic Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Adult Gerontologic Clinical Nurse Specialist is an advanced clinician holding a master’s degree who functions as an expert clinician, leader, researcher, educator, and consultant that exerts influence in three spheres:  patient/family, nursing personnel, and organization system.  The CNS graduate acquires knowledge and experience to provide services to individuals in an area of specialization across the lifespan in health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common acute and / or chronic illness.  The AG CNS works in a variety of clinical settings including acute care hospitals, community agencies, long term care, home care, and physician offices.  There are a total of 78 credit hours with 1000 clinical hours. 

 The AG Clinical Nurse Specialist graduate is prepared to:

  1. Provide expert outcome-oriented nursing therapeutics for complex patients to promote health, well-being, and quality of life.
  2. Manage the integration and coordination of patient care services across the health care continuum.
  3. Design and implement patient and staff educational programs for promotion of positive health care outcomes.
  4. Consult and collaborate with members of the health care team to support the delivery of quality patient care.
  5. Utilize research methodology and evidence to investigate, promote, and evaluate nursing therapies that produce positive patient care outcomes.
  6. Model responsibility for continued professional development, integrity, accountability, competence, and credentialing as a clinical nurse specialist.

Curriculum Adult Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist  
Graduate Nursing Courses  
NURS 601: Roles for Advanced Nursing Practice 1 credit hours
NURS 602: Evidenced Based Practice for Advanced Nursing 4 credit hours
NURS 603: Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice  3 credit hours
NURS 715: Analytical Methods 4 credit hours
NURS 717: Cultural Diversity 2 credit hours
NURS 721: Systems Leadership 5 credit hours
NURS 724: Health Care Policy 3 credit hours
NURS 725: Resource Utilization 4 credit hours
NURS 727: Informatics 3 credit hours
NURS 732: Wellness Promotion 2 credit hours
NURS 733: Evidence Based Practice Seminar 2 credit hours
NURS 734: Patient Management Clinical Application Seminar  2 credit hours
NURS 735: Applications in Population Health 1 credit hours
NURS 736: Applications in Pharmacotherapeutics 2 credit hours
NURS 727: Health Policy Application in APN 1 credit hours
NURS 738: Quality Initiatives in Nursing 1 credit hours
NURS 741: Application of Assessment with Differential Diagnosis 1 credit hours
NURS 772: Strategies for Patient Teaching 4 credit hours
NURS 855: Synthesis of Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
DNP Project Courses  
NURS 866: DNP Project 1 1 credit hours
NURS 867: DNP Project 2 1 credit hours
NURS 868: DNP Project 3 1 credit hours
NURS 871: DNP Project 4 1 credit hours
NURS 872: DNP Project 5 1 credit hours
NURS 873: DNP Project 6 1 credit hours
Graduate Nursing Clinical Core Courses  
NURS 617: Advanced Concepts of Pathophysiology  3 credit hours
NURS 618: Advanced Health Assessment  3 credit hours/45 clinical hours
NURS 622: Clinical Pharmacology  3 credit hours
Specialty Courses  500 clinical hours  
NURS 745: Advanced Nursing Assessment and Intervention I 5 credit hours
NURS 746: Advanced Nursing Assessment and Intervention II  5 credit hours
NURS 747: Advanced Nursing Assessment and Intervention III  5 credit hours

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