The clinical nurse specialist: adult-gerontology concentration prepares 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 an opportunity to choose an emphasis in a selected vulnerable population with 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
NGRD 650Advanced Role Development and Collaboration4.0404.0
NGRD 651Theoretical Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice4.0404.0
NGRD 652Health-Care Systems Leadership4.0404.0
NGRD 653Health Systems Policy Development and Advocacy4.0404.0
NGRD 654Social Determinants of Health24.0404.0
NGRD 655Health Systems Finance4.0404.0
NGRD 656Outcomes Assessment for Strategic Planning4.0404.0
NGRD 657Intermediate Statistics4.0404.0
NGRD 658Nursing Research and Translational Science4.0404.0
NGRD 659Professional Writing for Nurse Leaders4.0404.0
RELE 564Ethics and Health Disparities3.0303.0
RELR 525Health Care and the Dynamics of Christian Leadership3.0303.0
RELT 557Theology of Human Suffering3.0303.0
NGRD 621Pharmacology in Advanced Practice I2.0202.0
NGRD 622Pharmacology in Advanced Practice II3.0303.0
NGRD 624Advanced Health Assessment4.0404.0
NGRD 625Advanced Clinical Pathophysiology4.0404.0
NGCN 551Adult - Gerontology: CNS I4.0404.0
NGCN 552Adult - Gerontology: CNS II4.0404.0
NGCN 553Adult - Gerontology: CNS III2.0202.0604.0
NGCN 554AAdult-Gerontology: CNS Clinical Practicum5.01505.0
NGCN 554BAdult - Gerontology: CNS Clinical Practicum5.01505.0
NGCN 554CAdult - Gerontology: CNS Clinical Practicum C6.01806.0
D.N.P. Project
NGRD 667Introduction to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Inquiry Proposal Project1.8201.2403.0
NGRD 669ADNP Practice Inquiry Project4.01204.0
NGRD 669BDNP Practice Inquiry Project4.01204.0
NGRD 669CDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0802.0
NGRD 669DDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0602.0
NGRD 669EDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0602.0
NGRD 669FDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0602.0
Overall Totals73.874035.21080109.0

 Multiple registrations required to fulfill total unit requirement


Fulfills service learning requirement


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.