Clinical Nurse Specialist: Adult-Gerontology Concentration

The clinical nurse specialist: adult-gerontology concentration prepares the students for leadership roles as clinical nurse specialists within the health-care system. Clinical and theoretical content focuses on systems thinking, evidence-based practice, and translational research as related to adult and geriatric clients and families. The curriculum offers opportunity to choose an emphasis in a selected vulnerable population experiencing health-care needs. The curriculum includes 540 hours of clinical practicum in the advanced practice role and 510 practicum hours for the D.N.P. role.  The graduate is prepared for certification by the American Nurses Certification Corporation as a clinical nurse specialist in adult-gerontology nursing.

CoreTheoryClinicalTotal Units
UnitsHoursUnitsHours
NGRD 650Advanced Role Development and Collaboration14.0404.0
NGRD 651Theoretical Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice14.0404.0
NGRD 652Health-Care Systems Leadership14.0404.0
NGRD 653Health Systems Policy Development and Advocacy14.0404.0
NGRD 654Social Determinants of Health4.0404.0
NGRD 655Health Systems Finance4.0404.0
NGRD 656Outcomes Assessment for Strategic Planning4.0404.0
NGRD 657Intermediate Statistics14.0404.0
NGRD 658Translational Research for Advanced Practice14.0404.0
NGRD 659Writing for Publication4.0404.0
RELE 564Ethics and Health Disparities13.0303.0
RELR 525Health Care and the Dynamics of Christian Leadership3.0303.0
RELT 557Theology of Human Suffering3.0303.0
Totals49.049049.0
Concentration
NGRD 621Pharmacology in Advanced Practice I12.0202.0
NGRD 622Pharmacology in Advanced Practice II13.0303.0
NGRD 624Advanced Health Assessment14.0404.0
NGRD 625Advanced Clinical Pathophysiology14.0404.0
Totals13.013013.0
Clinical
NGRD 551Adult - Gerontology: CNS I14.0404.0
NGRD 552Adult - Gerontology: CNS II14.0404.0
NGRD 553Adult - Gerontology: CNS III12.0202.0604.0
NGRD 554Adult - Gerontology: CNS Clinical Practicum1,216.048016.0
Totals10.010018.054028.0
D.N.P. Project
NGRD 667DNP Proposal Development2.0201.0303.0
NGRD 669ADNP Practice Inquiry Project0.8103.21204.0
NGRD 669BDNP Practice Inquiry Project0.8103.21204.0
NGRD 669CDNP Practice Inquiry Project0.341.7802.0
NGRD 669DDNP Practice Inquiry Project0.341.7802.0
NGRD 669EDNP Practice Inquiry Project0.341.7802.0
NGRD 669FDNP Practice Inquiry Project0.341.7802.0
Totals4.65614.459019.0
Overall Totals76.677632.41130109.0
Required for M.S. degree onlyTheoryClinicalTotal Units
UnitsHoursUnitsHours
NGRD 610Master's Comprehensive Project12.0802.0
Totals2.0802.0
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 Required for M.S. degree

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 Multiple registrations required to fulfill total unit requirement

Portfolio

Prior to graduation, students are required to submit an online professional portfolio.  Documentation of 510 doctoral leadership practice hours will be included in the portfolio.

Normal time to complete the program

Four (4) years (15 academic quarters) based on less than full-time enrollment