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 allows the CNS student to focus on a clinical emphasis of choice such as: cardiopulmonary, critical care, oncology, or trauma and emergency preparedness (TEP). 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 or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. 

Courses  with  a “D",  are delivered synchronously via distance technology. Such courses are open only to qualified on-site students as per Policy 438.

A sample program plan for full time study is provided below.   

Fall Term (Year 1)

Spring Term (Year 1)

Summer Term (Year 1)

  • NUR 2034/2034D* Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan 3 cr.
  • NUR 2031 The Diagnostic Physical Exam Across the Life Span 3 cr.
  • NUR 3031/3031D* Methodologies for DNP Projects 2 cr.
  • NURCNS 2850 CNS Role Implementation 2 cr. 

Fall Term (Year 2)

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 2852 CNS Clinical Practicum 2 4 cr.

Summer Term (Year 2)

Fall Term (Year 3)

Spring Term (Year 3)

Comprehensive Exam (DNP and Clinical Specialty Comprehensive Exams are required)

Total Credits: 81