The Adult-Gerontology 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 AG-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 545 clinical hours.
The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist graduate is prepared to:
- Provide expert outcome-oriented nursing therapeutics for complex patients to promote health, well being, and quality of life.
- Manage the integration and coordination of patient care services across the health care continuum.
- Design and implement patient and staff educational programs for promotion of positive health care outcomes.
- Consult and collaborate with members of the health care team to support the delivery of quality patient care.
- Utilize research methodology and evidence to investigate, promote, and evaluate nursing therapies that produce positive patient care outcomes.
- Model responsibility for continued professional development, integrity, accountability, competence, and credentialing as a clinical nurse specialist.
|Curriculum Post Masters Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist|
|Clinical Core Courses|
|NURS 617 Advanced Concepts of Pathophysiology||3 credit hours|
|NURS 618 Advanced Health Assessment||3 credit hours|
|NURS 622 Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice||3 credit hours|
|Total Clinical Hours||9 credit hours|
|Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses|
|NURS 645 Advanced Nursing Assessment and Intervention I||5 credit hours|
|NURS 646 Advanced Nursing Assessment and Intervention II||5 credit hours|
|NURS 647 Advanced Nursing Assessment and Intervention III||5 credit hours|
|Total Specialty Hours||15 credit hours|
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Non-native speakers of English must meet English proficiency requirements as established by the USI Center for International Programs.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and post-graduate APRN certificate at the University of Southern Indiana are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).
We offer admission into the program once a year and work with our students to provide a Plan of Study that allows for timely graduation and achievement of their goals.
Fall and spring courses are 16 weeks in length; summer course offerings are 10 weeks long.
There are no campus visits required.