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Post-Masters Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate Program
  • Post-Masters Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate Program 

    The Post- Masters Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate Program is offered for students who have a Master’s of Science in Nursing and a clinical back ground working with the adult population who want more formal coursework to prepare for an Advanced Practice role in the clinical setting. Students will gain expertise in adult and gerian health promotion and illness management as well as system leadership skills to improve the quality of evidence based practice with for population.

    Admission: Applicants need to have a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution, transcripts of all courses taken, a statement of why they are interested in the program, three current references and a resume. Each applicant will be interviewed prior to admission. A graduate level Nursing Research course must have been completed within the past 5 years. Students may transfer up to 9 credit hours to meet certificate requirements.

    Required coursework includes a total of 540 hours of clinical experience.

    NURS-515: Foundations of Holistic Practice (3): This course examines the philosophical and theoretical foundations of holistic practice and provides the basic information needed to apply holistic practices to an area of study. Students learn specific attitudes, behaviors and skills that are essential to maintaining well-being of self and other and in strengthening the practice of compassionate caregiving. Use of local, national and international journals and websites dedicated to holistic practice and healing are introduced. Students will apply basic integrative practices for their own self-care and in the care of students, staff and clients they work with. Application of course content is made through age appropriate case studies across the lifespan, reflective journaling and other teaching strategies to develop empirical, personal, aesthetic and ethical knowledge.

    NURS-525: Advanced Health Assessment (3): This advanced health assessment course provides students with essential holistic assessment and nursing diagnostic skill to work with the individual in context of the family, community and environment. The assessment process includes a comprehensive history and identification of patterns in all domains of health including physical / pathophysiologic, emotional, mental, spiritual, energetic, social / relational, and cultural. Emphasis is placed on developing a thorough understanding of the individual, differentiating normal and abnormal findings to determine a nursing diagnosis and synthesizing assessed health patterns to plan and evaluate care. The course includes classroom and laboratory components.

    NURS-601: Pathophysiology (3): This course examines the scientific knowledge base of selected pathophysiological states from a framework of psychological, physiological and social/behavioral manifestations of stress and the psychophysiology of bodymind healing. The interrelationships between clinical pathophysiology, basic normal physiology, bodymind healing systems and signs and symptoms of various conditions are emphasized. Recent advances in the area of genetics and genomics is also included. The course builds on advanced health assessment skills and provides foundational information for clinical decision-making, diagnostic testing and the initiation of therapeutic regimens across the adult lifespan. Age specific and developmental alterations are correlated with clinical diagnosis and management of major health problems. Application is made through age appropriate case studies across the lifespan.

    NURS-610: Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses (3): This course is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses (APRN) to accurately describe, administer, and counsel patients regarding appropriate and safe medication regimens. In addition, the APRN will be prepared for medication prescriptive authority within their scope of practice. Therapeutic nursing interventions are fostered through exposure to prescriptive authority rules and regulations in advanced practice nursing. Critical thinking is applied as students explore various pharmacological aspects of disease management through case study analysis. Therapeutic agents are compared and contrasted for indications of efficacy, monitoring parameters, dosing principles, adverse effects and common drug interactions taking into consideration culture and diversity across the life span. Basic pharmacologic principles and the pharmacologic actions of the major drug classes will be discussed in relation to physiologic systems, with emphasis on the application of these agents. Herbs, supplements and other pharmacotherapeutic agents will be examined for use and integration into the patients’ holistic plan of care.

    NURS-620: Healthy Aging and Quality of Life in Adults (6): This course introduces foundational principles of holistic care in the promotion of health and wellbeing across the adult lifespan. Students will apply their knowledge of physiological, psychosocial, environmental and cultural dimensions of health and wellbeing to assess clients and develop intervention plans that promote health, prevent illness and help clients manage changes associated with aging. The role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist in the 21st century will be explored and students will continue to develop their Therapeutic Capacity as Advanced Practice Nurses using reflective practice. This course includes a 180 hour direct care clinical practicum where students have the opportunity to apply evidence-based practices to selected client populations.

    NURS-630: Symptom Management in Chronic Illness and Palliative Care (6): This course guides students in the holistic management of common acute and chronic health issues across adolescent and the adult life-span. The patient population of adult gerontology CNS practice includes young adults (including late adolescent and emancipated minors), adults and older adults (including young-old, old, and old-old) in all contexts of care. The course builds on the concepts learned in Nursing 620. Pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic practices will be used to promote health, enhance comfort and minimize suffering for clients and their families. Emphasis on partnership with families for health and symptom management and importance of relationship among patients, families and nurse caregivers is emphasized. Students will conduct advanced practice assessment, implement targeted evidence- based interventions and evaluate outcomes. This course includes a 180-hour clinical practicum where students have the opportunity to apply advanced practice nursing concepts.

    NURS-760: Comprehensive Patient Management (6): This clinical course is designed to provide students with a guided field experience to apply the Clinical Nurse Specialist practice in young adults (including late adolescent and emancipated minors), adults and older adults (including young-old, old, and old-old). Through 180 hours of clinical experiences, students refine skills in the roles of the Clinical Nurse Specialist as a member of the health care team. The focus of this course is comprehensive patient management including direct care of selected patients and implementation of evidence based practice protocols at the organizational level. Seminar discussions provide the opportunity for students to process clinical experiences as well as preparing for national certification examinations. This course will be taken in conjunction with at least one credit hour of NURS-780.

    NURS-780: Capstone Seminar (2-4): Students will develop, implement and evaluate an evidence based project/ program for a selected clinical population during this clinical seminar course. The course may be taken over 2 semesters to provide time for significant clinical integration and application of CNS role responsibilities. A total of 60 clinical hours is required. Seminar discussions provide the opportunity for students to process clinical experiences.