Clinical Nurse Specialist

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Note:  This specialty will no longer be offered after December 2015


Advantage of a MSN with Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Concentration

The focus on Magnet certification provides greater opportunities for involvement in areas of clinical practice and research in Health Care Systems. Health care institutions are seeking advanced practice nurses to develop evidence-based practice guidelines, develop innovative nursing care delivery methods, and  to educate nurses in acute care settings.  A student completing this specialty will be prepared to meet requirements to sit for the CNS certification examination under American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) specific specialties and/or American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Certification Corporation (CCNS) certification for Clinical Nurse Specialists in acute and critical care. 

Curriculum Plan MSN for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

Semester 1 (Fall)

NUR 602 (Core) - Advanced Health Assessment (3 hrs)

NUR 603 (Core) - Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology (3 hrs)

NUR 607 (Core) - Advanced Pharmacology (3 hrs)

NUR 600 (CNS) - Clinical Learning Lab Teaching Practicum (1 hrs)

Semester 2 (Spring)

NUR 608 (Core) Health Care Policy (2hrs)

NUR 618 (Core) Research Methods for Advanced Nursing Practice (4 hrs)

NUR 625 Clinical Practicum for the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (7 hrs)

Semester 3 (Summer)

NUR 601 (Core) Nursing Theory and Knowledge Development (2 hrs)

NUR 675 (Core) Statistics for the Behavioral and Clinical Sciences (3 hrs)

Semester 4 (Fall)

NUR 620 (Core) Capstone Project (2 hrs)

NUR 626 (CNS) Clinical Practicum & Role Development for the Adult-Gerontology CNS (8 hrs)


TOTAL COURSE HOURS 38 hrs

Note: 1 credit hour = 4 practice hours.  For practicum courses, the ratio of classroom to clinical practice is 1:4.  Beginning Fall Semester 2014, this plan includes a total of 580 hours of precepted clinical for the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.