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MSN - Adult Health and Illness, Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Track

The track for a clinical nurse specialist prepares a professional for overseeing nursing care for a group of well or ill clients in hospitals, homes, and primary care settings, acting as a program director in some positions. Two major areas of responsibility include direct and indirect patient care. This nurse moves in and out of direct care situations when expert skill and knowledge are required. The clinical nurse specialist is accountable to patients, advocates for them, and evaluates the quality of nursing services. In indirect care, this nurse's responsibility is primarily to a nursing staff, serving as a consultant, bringing expert clinical knowledge to health care providers on a system-wide basis, and applying current research findings to patient care. This nurse's expertise contributes greatly to the plan of care for patients.

This track can be combined with the certificate in gerontology as an option for a gerontology clinical nurse specialist.

This track requires a total of 512 clinical hours. The clinical experiences are in NUR 625 and NUR 626.

The curriculum for clinical nurse specialists in adult health and illness is presented in a Hybrid/Web assisted format offering the convenience of distance education along with selected on-campus classes within each course. Please read more...

Core Courses
NUR 604 Research and Theory I
NUR 605 Research and Theory II
NUR 607 Advanced Practice Nursing and Administration in Health Care Delivery Systems
NUR 608 Population-Based Care and Advanced Practice Nursing

Advanced Core Courses
NUR 512 Nursing Informatics
NUR 616 Assessment of the Adult in Health and Illness
NUR 617 Pharmacology
NUR 618 Pathophysiology

Clinical Nurse Specialist Track Courses
NUR 623 (formerly 620) Biopsychosocial Processes I
NUR 624 (formely 621) Biopsychosocial Processes II
NUR 625 Field Study in Adult Health and Illness I (256 hrs.)
NUR 626 Field Study in Adult Health and Illness II (256 hrs.)

PLUS 1 Elective

Course Credits - Clinical Nurse Specialist (AHI)
Course Number Credits Track
NUR 512 3 Credits Core
NUR 604 3 Credits Core
NUR 605 3 Credits Core
NUR 607 3 Credits Core
NUR 608 3 Credits Core
NUR 616 3 Credits Advanced Core
NUR 617 3 Credits Advanced Core
NUR 618 3 Credits Advanced Core
NUR 623 3 Credits AHI Track
NUR 624 3 Credits AHI Track
NUR 625 4 Credits AHI Track
NUR 626 4 Credits AHI Track
PLUS 1 Elective    
Total 41 Credits    

For a list of the Adult Health and Illness, Clinical Nurse Specialist Track Course Descriptions, click on the link.

For a complete list of MSN Course Descriptions, please go to the Online Graduate Catalog, click on "Section 2" to open up the list of Graduate Programs and then click on "MSN and Certificate Programs".

Czekanski, Kathleen, PhD, RN, CNE
Graduate Nursing Program
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