Clinical Nurse Specialist; Post Master's (major; MSN)

The Post-Masters AGCNS (PM-AGCNS) curriculum provides those already possessing a master’s degree in nursing with additional course and clinical work to fulfill the requirements for Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification. This includes 600 practicum hours with appropriately credentialed preceptors in practice settings. Following a transcript evaluation, it may be determined that AGCNS Certificate applicants must take additional coursework to fulfill the requirements. Essential courses include a course focused on advanced practice nursing role responsibilities and 3 advanced science courses.   If these requirements were met during their previous graduate studies, Post Master’s AGCNS students are required to take a 0-credit orientation, the 3 certificate theory courses (MSN 700, MSN 701, and MSN 730), with the partnering practicum courses.

Note: Readiness for initial advanced practice nurse prescriber application requires a clinical pharmacology course within the three preceding years.

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Clinical Nurse Specialist

Clinical Nurse Specialist Prerequisites
The following courses are required for entry into the program:
MSN-615Adv Practice Roles & Nursing Theories3
MSN-621Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology3
MSN-622Advanced Health & Physical Assessment3
MSN-623Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics & Clinical Decision Making3
Clinical Nurse Specialist Sequence Program
MSN-600AOrientation to Msn Program0
MSN-700Adv Prac Nrsg: Ind & Population-Bsd Hlth3
MSN-700PCNS Practicum 12
MSN-701Advanced Practice Nursing:prog Dev & Eva3
MSN-701PAdv Pract Nrsing; Prog Dev & Eval2
MSN-730Adv Prac Nrsng: Ldrshp System Improvemnt3
MSN-730PAdv Pract Nrsing; Ldrshp for Systems Imp2

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