Masters of Science in Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Description of Program

The Masters of Science in Nursing program option is designed to provide the baccalaureate professional nurse with current advanced knowledge and skills in Adult Gerontology Nursing. Graduate students will be prepared to assume leadership roles in an integrated healthcare system and will be able to develop, implement, and evaluate programs for targeted populations in a variety of settings. The program prepares graduates in scientific inquiry, which includes validating and applying research findings to nursing practice, and evaluating nursing theory appropriate for advanced practice.

Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate may qualify for the national certification examination to become a Certified Clinical Specialist or practice as a mastered prepared nurse. Graduates choosing to use the title advanced practice nurse will have to take the national certification examination and apply to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for licensure to practice in Illinois.

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Curriculum Schedule

Semester Hours

Graduate Level Statistics 3
Core Courses
Semester Hours
500 Theoretical Foundations 3
504 Health Promotion 3
508 Nursing Research 3
512 Roles and Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing 3
516 Advances in Nursing Leadership 3
Specific Courses
Semester Hours
517 Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning (64 practicum hours) 3 (2/1)
519 Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Life Span 3
529 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Across the Life Span 3
622 Evidence-based Inquiry3
Clinician Option (choose one of two electives)
Semester Hours
538 Advanced practice Seminar Topics 3
544 Development and Evaluation of Programs in Health Care 3
548 Nursing Informatics (Elective)
552 Finance and Healthcare Management (Elective) 3
611 Clinician Practicum (may be taken over 2 semesters) (448 practicum hours) 7 (0/7)
Practicum hours are calculated as 1 credit hour = 4 clock hours
Total Clinician Credit Hours 43
Total Practicum Hours 512

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