Adult Gerontologic Clinical Nurse Specialist

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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:

  • 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.

Program Curriculum - 78 Credit Hours

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Graduate Nursing Courses
  • NURS 601 - Roles for Advanced Nursing Practice (1 credit hour)
  • 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 hour)
  • NURS 736 - Applications in Pharmacotherapeutics (2 credit hours)
  • NURS 737 - Health Policy Application in APN (1 credit hour)
  • NURS 738 - Quality Initiatives in Nursing (1 credit hour)
  • NURS 741 - Application of Assessment with Differential Diagnosis (1 credit hour)
  • NURS 772 - Strategies for Patient Teaching (4 credit hours)
  • NURS 855 - Synthesis of Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
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DNP Project Courses
  • NURS 866 - DNP Proposal 1 (1 credit hours)
  • NURS 874 - DNP Project 1 (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 875 - DNP Project 2 (2 credit hours)
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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)
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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)

Sample Plans of Study

Sample Plan for Fall 2019 Start

Sample Plan for Fall 2020 Start


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