Master of Science in Nursing for Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Adult-Gerontology Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) program at the University of San Diego prepares nurses for an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) role as an expert in the care of adults across a variety of health care settings such as hospitals and clinics, as well as their own private practice. Advanced practice as a CNS involves practicing nursing within the three spheres of influence (patient, nurse, organization system) in order to operationalize five CNS role components: expert practitioner, educator, consultant, researcher and clinical leader. As expert practitioner, CNSs provide direct and indirect care to specialized populations. As educators, CNSs teach patients, families, staff nurses, students, and communities regarding health. As consultants, CNSs assist with problem solving regarding patient care including facilitating support groups and establishing health care programs. CNSs also assist with research and promote research dissemination and evidence-based practice in the practice arena. As clinical leaders, CNSs are responsible for program development, quality improvement processes, and managerial operation and activities.

Graduates are eligible for certification as Clinical Nurse Specialists in the State of California and for national certification by as Adult Health/ Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialists by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

Entrance Semesters Fall and Spring
Application Deadlines March 1 (Fall) and November 1 (Spring)
Standardized Admission Test
Required Licenses Current California Registered Nurse license
Additional Requirements BSN degree from an approved, accredited school
One year of clinical experience preferred
Basic computer literacy
Basic statistics course
Basic nutrition course
GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Completion of the University Application for the Master of Science in Nurisng (MSN) Program
One official transcript from each college or university attended
Three professional recommendations
Interview (only qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview based on initial review of their application)
Evidence of specified immunizations and screening tests, a report of recent physical examination, and BLS certification if admitted into the program
International applicants must meet additional requirements for admission

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

(Total units: 46)

This curriculum prepares clinical nurse specialists for advanced practice as clinical experts in theory-based and research-based nursing practice within a specialty area. Graduates are eligible for national certification as adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialists in adult health.

MSN Core
MSNC 511Evidence Based Practice: Role of Theory and Research3
MSNC 512Influencing the Health Care Environment: Policy and Systems3
CNS Core
APNC 520Advanced Pathophysiology3
APNC 521APRN Physical Assessment and Diagnosis4
APNC 523Pharmacology in Health Management3
HCIN 540Introduction to Health Care Information Management3
ACNS 619CNS Specialty Role and Practice Foundations3
ACNS 632Adult-Gerontology I: CNS Practice in the Patient Sphere3
ACNS 632PAdult-Gerontology I: CNS Practice in the Patient Sphere Practicum3
ACNS 634Adult-Gerontology II: CNS Practice in the Nurse Sphere3
ACNS 636Adult Gerontology III: CNS Practice in the Organizational/Systems Sphere3
ACNS 636PAdult Gerontology III: CNS Practice in the Organizational/Systems Sphere Practicum2
ACNS 638Adult Gerontology IV: Advanced CNS Practice3
ACNS 638PAdult Gerontology IV: Advanced CNS Practicum3