BSN to DNP Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Curriculum

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)

Spring Term (Year 1)

Summer Term (Year 1)

Fall Term (Year 2)

Spring Term (Year 2)

Summer Term (Year 2)

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)

Comprehensive Exam

Total Credits: 81

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