Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)
The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration combines theories, concepts, research, issues and trends in caring for an aging population with complex multisystem health care needs.
The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist consists of core and support courses as well as clinical course work to prepare the student for advanced role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). Preparation for clinical nurse specialists requires 540 hours of clinical practicum. Study in this option may be pursued on a full- and part-time basis. The majority of core and support courses are available online. Specialty courses are web-enhanced. Classes may be held using the interactive video network.
Content in this major involves adults with acute or chronic health problems. Although the majority of patients access the health care system via a specific health problem, interventions studied may include primary, secondary, or tertiary prevention.
The program of study must be completed within six years. All students must complete a professional paper in NURS 6762 Applied Clinical Research and Role Seminar or may choose to complete a supervised research experience in NURS 6893 Thesis Option.
Students must meet all graduate school requirements including passing a comprehensive exam.