2018-2019 Catalog

Post-Master's Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate (Graduate)

The School of Nursing offers a Post-Master’s Certificate in CNS Parent-Child or Adult-Gerontology for nurses with master’s degrees in nursing. Included in the APRN course of study are advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, health promotion, and management of complex care for children and families or for the adult population, from young adult to older adult, including the frail elderly, in various clinical and community settings. The Certificate Program consists of a total of 28 to 31 units, 16 to 19 units are specific only to the CNS.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Completion of a master’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution and Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly NLNAC/National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited nursing program or the equivalent as determined by the School of Nursing Affairs Committee.
  2. Overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a four-point scale) in units attempted, or demonstrated academic ability as required by the faculty, following the appeal process.
  3. Registered nurse licensure in the United States, unencumbered, unrestricted, with no disciplinary action pending or imposed.
  4. Minimum of two years clinical professional nursing experience with the specialty population (pediatric or neonatal experience for the Parent-Child; adult or geriatric experience for the Adult-Gerontology).
  5. Health clearance (immunity, etc.) is required prior to enrolling in a role performance course.

Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Post-Master’s Certificate

Required Courses (31 units)

Courses

MSN 514Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

3

MSN 521Advanced Health Assessment

2

MSN 522Advanced Health Assessment Lab

1

MSN 526Pharmacology

3

MSN 528Advanced Pathophysiology

3

MSN 540Clinical Management of Acute Pediatric Health Problems

4

MSN 561Primary Care of the Family II: Pediatric Health

2

MSN 547Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Performance I

3

MSN 548Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Performance II

4

MSN 549Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Performance III

3

MSN 550Theoretical Foundations of Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice

3

CNS-Adult-Gerontology Post-Master’s Certificate

Required Courses (31 units)

Courses

MSN 514Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

3

MSN 521Advanced Health Assessment

2

MSN 522Advanced Health Assessment Lab

1

MSN 526Pharmacology

3

MSN 528Advanced Pathophysiology

3

MSN 533Theoretical Aspects of Aging

3

MSN 535Clinical Management and Differential Diagnosis of Adult Acute Health Problems

3

MSN 547Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Performance I

3

MSN 548Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Performance II

4

MSN 549Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Performance III

3

MSN 550Theoretical Foundations of Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice

3