The Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist will provide the graduate with the competencies specified by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and NACNS (National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists). Coursework provides graduates the expertise to promote the health and well-being of adults.
The MSN and post-MSN Adult-Gerontology CNS students must complete 500 faculty supervised clinical hours in the advanced practice role of the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist in order to meet the eligibility criteria to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult-Gerontology certification examination. Therefore, all practica hours for NUR 250ABC will need to be in this type of setting/role if the student is planning on applying to take this certification examination after completion of the Program.
Successful completion of the MSN CNS or post-MSN CNS track allows the graduate to meet the eligibility criteria to sit for the Adult-Gerontology CNS certification exam given by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC is one of the national organizations recognized by the California BRN that meets the CNS certification requirements that are equivalent to the BRN standards. If the student is planning to sit for any other certification examination, the student is responsible for checking the certifying agency's eligibility criteria prior to beginning coursework to ensure that MSMU's CNS track curriculum will allow the student to gain any required didactic &/or practica experiences.
If required CNS courses were completed at colleges other than MSMU, it is the student’s responsibility to provide a detailed description of content and clinical hours to ANCC when applying for the CNS certification exam. These will need to be submitted by the student to ANCC as evidence of fulfilling the requirements.
Students are encouraged to check the ANCC website (www.nursecredentialing.org) for the most up to date information.
The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration is a 46 unit program that can be completed in as few as 7 terms or 28 months with a Fall term start date.*
NUR 200: Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NUR 201: Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations of Nursing (3)
NUR 202: Current Trends & Issues in Professional Nursing (3)
NUR 203: Introduction to Graduate Studies (1)
NUR 206: Educational Theories, Principles, & Methods in Nursing (2)
NUR 207A: Healthcare Informatics & Technology (1.5)
NUR 207B: Healthcare Informatics & Technology (1.5)
NUR 238: Advanced Concepts in Gerontology (3)
NUR 239: Advanced Concepts in Adult Health (3)
NUR 246: Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology (3)
NUR 247: Foundations & Ethical Principles in Leadership & Consultation (2)
NUR 248: Advanced Pharmacology (3)
NUR 249 Clinical Nurse Specialist Role (2)
NUR 250A: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum (3)
NUR 250B: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum (3)
NUR 250C: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum (3)
NUR 290: Nursing Research & Methodologies (3)
NUR 296: Thesis Project Seminar (3)
* Track requirements (courses and units) subject to change. Curriculum has been revised and will apply to students entering Summer 2011 or later.