The Adult-Gerontology (CNS) concentration prepares nurses as expert providers of care to patients/families across the continuum of healthcare services (from wellness through acute care). The CNS functions as a developer and manager of programs of care for populations of patients; as a leader, consultant, mentor, and change agent in advancing nurse practice; as a clinical outcomes manager who produces quality, cost-effective outcomes; as a leader of multidisciplinary groups in implementing innovative projects; and as a developer of research projects that test innovative practices.
This concentration includes choice of a clinical emphasis in cardiopulmonary, critical care, oncology, trauma and emergency preparedness (TEP) or a directed (self-designed) emphasis. The directed emphasis allows the student to design a clinical emphasis in a particular area of interest, e.g., internal medicine, surgery, orthopedics. Full and part-time study is available. A minimum of 1000 clinical hours is included. Graduates are eligible for national certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, or the Oncology Nursing Society (if oncology emphasis is selected).
Courses with a “D", are delivered synchronously via distance technology. Such courses are open only to qualified on-site students as per Policy 438.
Fall Term (Year 1)
- NUR 2044 Nursing Graduate Orientation Module 0 cr.
- NUR 2011/2011D* Applied Statistics for Evidence-based Practice 3 cr.
- NUR 2010/2010D* Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse Populations 3 cr.
- NUR 3099/3099D* The Science of Health Care Delivery 2 cr.
- NUR 3012/3012D* Public Policy in Health Care 2 cr.
- NUR 3013/3013D* Ethics in Healthcare 1 cr.
Spring Term (Year 1)
- NUR 2004/2004D* Pathophysiology Across the Life Span 4 cr.
- NUR 2000/2000D* Research for Evidence-Based Practice 1 2 cr.
- NURSP 2098 Healthcare Quality 2 cr.
- NUR 2680/2680D* Introduction to Genetics and Molecular Therapeutics 3 cr.
Summer Term (Year 1)
- NUR 2034/2034D* Advanced Pharmacology 3 cr.
- NUR 2031 The Diagnostic Physical Exam Across the Life Span 3 cr.
- NURNP 2526/2526D Management: Geriatric Health Theory 2 cr.
- NUR 3031/3031D* Methodologies for DNP Projects 2 cr.
Fall Term (Year 2)
- NUR 2032/2032D* Differential Diagnosis Clinical 2 cr.
- NUR 2033/2033D* Differential Diagnosis Theory Across the Life Span 2 cr.
- NURSP 2061/2061D* Organizational and Management Theory 3 cr.
- NURSP 2075/2075D* Introduction to Health Informatics 3 cr.
- NURSP 2388/2388D* Database Management 2 cr.
Spring Term (Year 2)
- NURNP 2100/2100D* Management of Adult Episodic/Chronic Health Problems in Acute Care Theory 4 cr.
- NURSP 2091/2091D* Finance and Economics for Healthcare Leaders 3 cr.
- NURCNS 2850 CNS Role Implementation 3 cr.
- NUR 3032/3032D* Data Analysis for DNP Projects 2 cr.
Summer Term (Year 2)
- NUR 3050/3050D* Grant Writing 1 cr.
- NURCNS 2851 CNS Clinical Practicum 1 5 cr.
- NURNP 2104/2104D* Management of Complex Health Problems of the Acutely and Critically Ill Adult 3 cr.
Fall Term (Year 3)
- NURSP 3096 Data Analytics and Clinical Systems Design 3 cr.
- NURCNS 2852 CNS Clinical Practicum 2 4 cr.
*One of the Following:
- NURSP 2190 Advanced Specialty Option: Cardiopulmonary * 3 cr.
- NURSP 2191 Advanced Specialty Option: Critical Care * 3 cr.
- NURSP 2192 Advanced Specialty Option: Oncology * 3 cr.
- NURSP 2193 Advanced Specialty Option: Directed Study * 3 cr.
- NURSP 2195 Advanced Specialty Option: Trauma Emergency Preparedness* 3 cr.
Spring Term (Year 3)
- NUR 3037 Capstone Clinical 2 cr.
- NUR 3052/3052D* Manuscript Development 1 cr.
- NURCNS 3039 DNP CNS Role Practicum 3 cr.
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