Adult/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate

Adult/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate - 15 credit hours

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Certificate focuses on the primary, acute and chronic needs of a diverse population of adults across the lifespan. In the CNS graduate certificate, interdisciplinary coordination, patient education, quality improvement and project development activities are emphasized. The CNS certificate prepares nurses to perform in the expanded role of caring for a particular kind of patient/client or to function in particular kinds of settings, including the hospital. The courses include adult/gerontological theory courses, practice-focused clinical courses and an intensive preceptorship experience. All courses are offered on the KU Medical Center campus.

The Adult/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate program requires that students have completed an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) graduate educational program from a nationally accredited school of nursing. Three separate, comprehensive graduate-level courses in advanced pathophysiology, advanced assessment, and advanced pharmacology are required.

The annual application deadline is June 1 for the Fall semester.

  Course Name (Credit hours)
NRSG 901 & NRSG 906 Primary Care I: Adult-Gerontology Health & Practicum (CNS) (3  &  2) Fall semester course, 128 practicum hours
NRSG 902 & NRSG 907 Primary Care II: Adult-Gerontology Health & Practicum (CNS) (3 & 4) Spring semester course, 256 practicum hours
NRSG 908 Adult/Gerontological Health Care III: Preceptorship (CNS) (3) Summer semester course, 192 practicum hours

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