Curriculum: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

First Year
Semester IUnits
APNC 520Advanced Pathophysiology3
ACNS 619CNS Specialty Role and Practice Foundations3
MSNC 511Evidence Based Practice: Role of Theory and Research3
Semester IIHours
ACNS 632Adult-Gerontology I: CNS Practice in Individual Patient Sphere3
ACNS 632PAdult-Gerontology I: CNS Practice in Individual Patient Sphere Practicum3
ACNS 521Advanced Physical Assessment for the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist4
Semester III (Summer)Hours
ACNS 634Adult-Gerontology II: CNS Practice in the Nurse Sphere3
ACNS 634PAdult-Gerontology II: CNS Practice in the Nurse Sphere Pract2
HCIN 540Introduction to Health Care Information Management3
Second Year
Semester IHours
ACNS 636Adult Gerontology III: CNS Practice in the Organizational/Systems Sphere3
ACNS 636PAdult Gerontology III: CNS Practice in the Organizational/Systems Sphere Practicum2
ACNS 524Advanced Pharmacology for the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist3
ACNS 600Transition to CNS Practice1
Semester IIHours
ACNS 638Adult Gerontology IV: Advanced CNS Practice3
ACNS 638PAdult Gerontology IV: Advanced CNS Practicum3
MSNC 512Influencing the Health Care Environment: Policy and Systems3
Electives:Optional Sub-specialty in teaching requires an additional three courses (9 units) MSNE 532 Theory of Nursing Education, MSNE 592 Education Practicum and MSNC 599 Independent Study. 

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

ACNS 521 is text display
ADVANCED PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE ADULT-GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST is text display

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

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Explores theoretical and clinical practice principles of advanced physical assessment and diagnosis of adults 20 years and older. Uses various methods of comprehensive evidence-based data gathering, analysis, and documentation including history taking and physical examination. Differentiates abnormalities from common normal variations characteristic of various developmental, cultural, and ethnic groups. Laboratory-based practicum experiences provide the opportunity for the integration of theory with Adult-Geo CNS role responsibilities specific to physical assessment. 4 Units (3 units theory-48 hours, 1 unit lab-54 hours). is text display
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ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE ADULT-GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST is text display

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

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Prerequisites: APNC 520 with a minimum grade of C- (Can be taken Concurrently) is text display
Provides the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-CNS) the knowledge and skills needed to assess, manage, and recommend treatment plans, utilizing broad categories of pharmacologic agents, for common and complex health problems in a safe, high quality and cost effective manner. Emphasizes the application of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacogenomics skills into clinical practice. is text display
ACNS 600 is text display
TRANSITION TO CNS PRACTICE is text display

Units: 1 Repeatability: No

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Focuses on the transition of the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-CNS) into clinical practice. Explores the pathway to CNS certification/licensure, job preparation, and succeeding in practice settings. Examines the concept of imposter syndrome and methods for overcoming it. is text display
ACNS 619 is text display
CNS SPECIALTY ROLE AND PRACTICE FOUNDATIONS is text display

Units: 3

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Provides an overview of the role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with a practice focus on adults and gerontology (wellness to acute care). Explores the spheres of influence and core competencies for CNS practice. Examines theoretical foundations of reflective, evidence-based advanced nursing practice for individuals 20 years of age and older. is text display
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ADULT-GERONTOLOGY I: CNS PRACTICE IN INDIVIDUAL PATIENT SPHERE is text display

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

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Corequisites: ACNS 632P is text display
Provides an in depth inquiry into the role of the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) within the patient sphere with a practice focus on adults 20 years of age and older. Explores the theoretical concepts utilized in advanced nursing practice in the management of patients along the continuum of care from wellness to illness, experiencing acute, chronic, or terminal illnesses. is text display
ACNS 632P is text display
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Units: 3 Repeatability: No

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Provides an opportunity to carry out the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) role within the patient sphere with adults 20 years and older. Emphasizes the application of the theoretical concepts utilized in advanced nursing practice in the management of patients along the continuum of care from wellness to illness, experiencing acute, chronic, or terminal illnesses. is text display
ACNS 634 is text display
ADULT-GERONTOLOGY II: CNS PRACTICE IN THE NURSE SPHERE is text display

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

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Prerequisites: ACNS 632 with a minimum grade of B- is text display
Corequisites: ACNS 634P is text display
This course provides an in-depth inquiry into the role of clinical nurse specialist (CNS) within the patient sphere with a practice focus on adults 20 years and older. Emphasis is on the theoretical concepts utilized in advanced nursing practice in the management of patients along the continuum of care from wellness to illness. These patients may experience acute, chronic, or terminal illnesses. is text display
ACNS 634P is text display
ADULT-GERONTOLOGY II: CNS PRACTICE IN THE NURSE SPHERE PRACT is text display

Units: 2 Repeatability: No

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Prerequisites: ACNS 619 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632P with a minimum grade of B- is text display
Corequisites: ACNS 634 is text display
This course provides an in-depth inquiry into the role of clinical nurse specialist (CNS) within the patient sphere with a practice focus on adults 20 years and older. Emphasis is on the theoretical concepts utilized in advanced nursing practice in the management of patients along the continuum of care from wellness to illness. These patients may experience acute, chronic, or terminal illnesses. This is the practicum portion of the course. is text display
ACNS 636 is text display
ADULT GERONTOLOGY III: CNS PRACTICE IN THE ORGANIZATIONAL/SYSTEMS SPHERE is text display

Units: 3

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Prerequisites: ACNS 619 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632P with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 634 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 634P with a minimum grade of B- is text display
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Emphasizes theories and principles of change management at the systems level. Analyzes CNS leadership principles in organizations/systems in which nursing care is provided for individuals 20 years of age and older. is text display
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Units: 2

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Prerequisites: ACNS 619 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632P with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 634 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 634P with a minimum grade of B- is text display
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In the clinical setting emphasizes applying theories and principles of change management at the systems level. Operationalizes CNS leadership principles in organizations/systems in which nursing care is provided for individuals 20 years of age and older. is text display
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ADULT GERONTOLOGY IV: ADVANCED CNS PRACTICE is text display

Units: 3

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Prerequisites: ACNS 619 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632P with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 634 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 634P with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 636 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 636P with a minimum grade of B- is text display
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Focuses on further development of evidence-based clinical knowledge in a selected area of CNS practice. Provides opportunities to explore CNS role development issues. Based on a gap analysis, an evidence-based practice change is designed, evaluated, and presented relative to an apriori evidence-based benchmark. A letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass this course. is text display
ACNS 638P is text display
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Units: 3

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Prerequisites: ACNS 619 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632P with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 634 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 634P with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 636 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 636P with a minimum grade of B- is text display
Corequisites: ACNS 638 is text display
Focuses on further development of evidence-based clinical knowledge and expertise in a selected area of CNS practice. Students design an evidence-based clinical project to improve the care for individuals 20 years of age and older. The project is implemented using an evidence-based approach to a clinical problem or professional issue. is text display
ACNS 639 is text display
CNS PALLIATIVE CARE PRACTICUM is text display

Units: 2 Repeatability: No

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Prerequisites: PHDN 688 with a minimum grade of B- is text display
Provides an in-depth experience into the role of the Palliative Care CNS with the practice focus on adults 20 years and older. Emphasizes advanced nursing skills in assessment, symptom management, and psychosocial care to patients and family with serious health conditions. Stresses advocacy for those patients at the end of life requiring palliative care and hospice. Focuses on the interdisciplinary health care team in providing a collaborative plan of care. is text display
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ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY is text display

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

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Focuses on pathophysiological processes across the lifespan and the development of clinical reasoning skills required in advanced practice nursing. Distinguishes between normal physiology and specific system alterations produced by injury and disease. Explores etiology, pathogenesis, developmental and environmental influences, and clinical manifestations of major health problems. Note: Successful completion of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. A minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course. is text display
APNC 521 is text display
APRN PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS is text display

Units: 3-4 Repeatability: No

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Prerequisites: APNC 520 with a minimum grade of C- (Can be taken Concurrently) is text display
Explores theoretical and clinical practice principles of advanced physical assessment and diagnosis across the lifespan. Utilizes various methods of comprehensive evidence-based data gathering, analysis, and documentation including history taking, physical examination, screening for common diseases, diagnostic procedures, and differential diagnoses. Differentiates abnormalities from common normal variations characteristic of various developmental, cultural, and ethnic groups. Laboratory-based practicum experiences provide the opportunity for the integration of theory with APRN role responsibilities specific to physical assessment and diagnosis. Note: Successful completion of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. A minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course. is text display
APNC 521L is text display
HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS LAB is text display

Units: 1 Repeatability: No

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Core Attributes: Lab

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Explores theoretical and clinical practice principles of advanced physical assessment and diagnosis across the lifespan. Utilizes various methods of comprehensive evidence-based data gathering, analysis, and documentation including history taking, physical examination, screening for common diseases, diagnostic procedures, and differential diagnoses. Differentiates abnormalities from common normal variations characteristic of various developmental, cultural, and ethnic groups. Laboratory-based practicum experiences provide the opportunity for the integration of theory with APRN role responsibilities specific to physical assessment and diagnosis. Note: Successful completion of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. is text display
APNC 523 is text display
PHARMACOLOGY IN HEALTH MANAGEMENT is text display

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

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Prerequisites: APNC 520 with a minimum grade of C- is text display
Provides an evidence-based knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics for patients across the lifespan including special populations. Develops a foundation for decision-making necessary for initiating, monitoring, and modifying pharmacological treatment plans. Note: Successful completion of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. A minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course. is text display
APNC 524 is text display
ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY is text display

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

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Prerequisites: MEPN 535 with a minimum grade of C- is text display
Provides the knowledge and skills needed to assess, manage, and recommend treatment plans, utilizing broad categories of pharmacologic agents, for common and complex health problems in a safe, high quality and cost effective manner. Pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomic skills will be developed utilizing case scenarios with an emphasis on direct application to clinical nursing practice. is text display
MSNC 503 is text display
NURSING PRACTICE WITH DIVERSE FAMILIES IN COMMUNITIES is text display

Units: 2 Repeatability: No

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Corequisites: MSNE 546 is text display
Examines philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual bases for care of diverse families and groups in community settings. Analysis of community perspectives provides a foundation for general and advanced practice and research with families across the lifespan. The national health objectives provide a framework for family and community health promotion and risk reduction. Issues that affect family, aggregate, and community health and wellness are examined using an ecological perspective that includes social, political, cultural, and economic aspects of the environment. Addresses intervention strategies with families to achieve desired health outcomes in their community. is text display
MSNC 507 is text display
STATISTICS is text display

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

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Provides students with necessary skills to perform statistical analysis of data in order to present information in a meaningful way. Emphasizes basic understanding of probability concepts, common probability distributions, and inferential statistical methods. Includes identification of data requirements and statistical method to answer specific research questions. Incorporates SPSS statistical software as well as statistical calculations. Explores methods to display data and findings. Assists students to interpret SPSS output, and effectively present findings. Also focuses on critical review of scientific manuscripts and interpretation of findings. is text display
MSNC 511 is text display
EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE: ROLE OF THEORY AND RESEARCH is text display

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

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Focuses on the critical links between nursing theory, research and evidence based practice. Examines the theoretical foundations of nursing science including how theory has influenced the history and current practice of nursing. Emphasizes the importance of research for building an evidence base for nursing practice. Reviews the components of evidence-based practice, with emphasis placed on knowledgeable appraisal of theory and research to evaluate the evidence base for clinical practice. is text display
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INFLUENCING THE HEALTH CARE ENVIRONMENT: POLICY AND SYSTEMS is text display

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

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Provides an understanding of nursing’s leadership role in the analysis and evaluation of policy, organization, and financing of health care. Focuses on the organization of health care systems, the political and economic forces that influence health care delivery, and the formulation of policies affecting health care. is text display
MSNC 518 is text display
PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS FOR RNS is text display

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

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Prerequisites: APNC 520 with a minimum grade of B- is text display
Corequisites: MSNC 518L is text display
Focuses on theoretical and clinical skill development in physical assessment and diagnosis, across the life span. Designed to prepare the advanced generalist registered nurses with the knowledge and skills to make appropriate focused assessments and draw accurate conclusions about physiological/psychosocial instability/complications/sequelae of disease processes and/or therapeutic interventions. is text display
MSNC 518L is text display
PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS FOR RNS LAB is text display

Units: 0 Repeatability: No

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Corequisites: MSNC 518 is text display
This is the lab section for MSNC 518. is text display
MSNC 534 is text display
CLINICAL NURSE LEADERSHIP: THEORY AND PRACTICE is text display

Units: 6 Repeatability: No

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Corequisites: MSNC 534P is text display
Explores and integrates concepts of leadership that are central to the practice of the clinical nurse leader (CNL) including: horizontal leadership, effective use of self, reflective practice, advocacy, lateral integration of care, change theory, and role analysis and implementation. Oversees patient care provided by staff, in collaboration with RN preceptor or mentor, to improve patient outcomes. Serves as a role model for staff in anticipating risks and providing comprehensive care to individuals and clinical cohorts. Reviews and modifies, if necessary, standards of care for specific patient populations. Designs and proposes an implementation and evaluation plan for an evidence-based project designed to effect change in patient/staff outcomes. is text display
MSNC 534P is text display
CLINICAL NURSE LEADER PRACTICUM II is text display

Units: 0 Repeatability: No

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This is the practicum section of course MSNC 534. is text display
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ESSENTIALS OF CRITICAL CARE NURSING is text display

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

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Focuses on the concepts and frameworks that impact and support critical care nursing of the adult patient. Explores the pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and collaborative management of disorders commonly seen in critically ill patients. Emphasizes evidence-based therapeutic interventions to manage complex patient problems and prevent complications. is text display
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INDEPENDENT STUDY is text display

Units: 6

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ACNS 521 , ACNS 524 , ACNS 600 , ACNS 619 , ACNS 632 , ACNS 632P , ACNS 634 , ACNS 634P , ACNS 636 , ACNS 636P , ACNS 638 , ACNS 638P , ACNS 639 , APNC 520 , APNC 521 , APNC 521L , APNC 523 , APNC 524 , MSNC 503 , MSNC 507 , MSNC 511 , MSNC 512 , MSNC 518 , MSNC 518L , MSNC 534 , MSNC 534P , MSNC 590 , MSNC 599

ACNS 521 | ADVANCED PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE ADULT-GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Explores theoretical and clinical practice principles of advanced physical assessment and diagnosis of adults 20 years and older. Uses various methods of comprehensive evidence-based data gathering, analysis, and documentation including history taking and physical examination. Differentiates abnormalities from common normal variations characteristic of various developmental, cultural, and ethnic groups. Laboratory-based practicum experiences provide the opportunity for the integration of theory with Adult-Geo CNS role responsibilities specific to physical assessment. 4 Units (3 units theory-48 hours, 1 unit lab-54 hours).

ACNS 524 | ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE ADULT-GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: APNC 520 with a minimum grade of C- (Can be taken Concurrently)

Provides the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-CNS) the knowledge and skills needed to assess, manage, and recommend treatment plans, utilizing broad categories of pharmacologic agents, for common and complex health problems in a safe, high quality and cost effective manner. Emphasizes the application of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacogenomics skills into clinical practice.

ACNS 600 | TRANSITION TO CNS PRACTICE

Units: 1 Repeatability: No

Focuses on the transition of the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-CNS) into clinical practice. Explores the pathway to CNS certification/licensure, job preparation, and succeeding in practice settings. Examines the concept of imposter syndrome and methods for overcoming it.

ACNS 619 | CNS SPECIALTY ROLE AND PRACTICE FOUNDATIONS

Units: 3

Provides an overview of the role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with a practice focus on adults and gerontology (wellness to acute care). Explores the spheres of influence and core competencies for CNS practice. Examines theoretical foundations of reflective, evidence-based advanced nursing practice for individuals 20 years of age and older.

ACNS 632 | ADULT-GERONTOLOGY I: CNS PRACTICE IN INDIVIDUAL PATIENT SPHERE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: ACNS 632P

Provides an in depth inquiry into the role of the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) within the patient sphere with a practice focus on adults 20 years of age and older. Explores the theoretical concepts utilized in advanced nursing practice in the management of patients along the continuum of care from wellness to illness, experiencing acute, chronic, or terminal illnesses.

ACNS 632P | ADULT-GERONTOLOGY I: CNS PRACTICE IN INDIVIDUAL PATIENT SPHERE PRACTICUM

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: ACNS 632

Provides an opportunity to carry out the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) role within the patient sphere with adults 20 years and older. Emphasizes the application of the theoretical concepts utilized in advanced nursing practice in the management of patients along the continuum of care from wellness to illness, experiencing acute, chronic, or terminal illnesses.

ACNS 634 | ADULT-GERONTOLOGY II: CNS PRACTICE IN THE NURSE SPHERE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ACNS 632 with a minimum grade of B-

Corequisites: ACNS 634P

This course provides an in-depth inquiry into the role of clinical nurse specialist (CNS) within the patient sphere with a practice focus on adults 20 years and older. Emphasis is on the theoretical concepts utilized in advanced nursing practice in the management of patients along the continuum of care from wellness to illness. These patients may experience acute, chronic, or terminal illnesses.

ACNS 634P | ADULT-GERONTOLOGY II: CNS PRACTICE IN THE NURSE SPHERE PRACT

Units: 2 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ACNS 619 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632P with a minimum grade of B-

Corequisites: ACNS 634

This course provides an in-depth inquiry into the role of clinical nurse specialist (CNS) within the patient sphere with a practice focus on adults 20 years and older. Emphasis is on the theoretical concepts utilized in advanced nursing practice in the management of patients along the continuum of care from wellness to illness. These patients may experience acute, chronic, or terminal illnesses. This is the practicum portion of the course.

ACNS 636 | ADULT GERONTOLOGY III: CNS PRACTICE IN THE ORGANIZATIONAL/SYSTEMS SPHERE

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ACNS 619 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632P with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 634 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 634P with a minimum grade of B-

Corequisites: ACNS 636P

Emphasizes theories and principles of change management at the systems level. Analyzes CNS leadership principles in organizations/systems in which nursing care is provided for individuals 20 years of age and older.

ACNS 636P | ADULT GERONTOLOGY III: CNS PRACTICE IN THE ORGANIZATIONAL/SYSTEMS SPHERE PRACTICUM

Units: 2

Prerequisites: ACNS 619 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632P with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 634 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 634P with a minimum grade of B-

Corequisites: ACNS 636

In the clinical setting emphasizes applying theories and principles of change management at the systems level. Operationalizes CNS leadership principles in organizations/systems in which nursing care is provided for individuals 20 years of age and older.

ACNS 638 | ADULT GERONTOLOGY IV: ADVANCED CNS PRACTICE

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ACNS 619 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632P with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 634 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 634P with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 636 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 636P with a minimum grade of B-

Corequisites: ACNS 638P

Focuses on further development of evidence-based clinical knowledge in a selected area of CNS practice. Provides opportunities to explore CNS role development issues. Based on a gap analysis, an evidence-based practice change is designed, evaluated, and presented relative to an apriori evidence-based benchmark. A letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass this course.

ACNS 638P | ADULT GERONTOLOGY IV: ADVANCED CNS PRACTICUM

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ACNS 619 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 632P with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 634 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 634P with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 636 with a minimum grade of B- and ACNS 636P with a minimum grade of B-

Corequisites: ACNS 638

Focuses on further development of evidence-based clinical knowledge and expertise in a selected area of CNS practice. Students design an evidence-based clinical project to improve the care for individuals 20 years of age and older. The project is implemented using an evidence-based approach to a clinical problem or professional issue.

ACNS 639 | CNS PALLIATIVE CARE PRACTICUM

Units: 2 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: PHDN 688 with a minimum grade of B-

Provides an in-depth experience into the role of the Palliative Care CNS with the practice focus on adults 20 years and older. Emphasizes advanced nursing skills in assessment, symptom management, and psychosocial care to patients and family with serious health conditions. Stresses advocacy for those patients at the end of life requiring palliative care and hospice. Focuses on the interdisciplinary health care team in providing a collaborative plan of care.

APNC 520 | ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Focuses on pathophysiological processes across the lifespan and the development of clinical reasoning skills required in advanced practice nursing. Distinguishes between normal physiology and specific system alterations produced by injury and disease. Explores etiology, pathogenesis, developmental and environmental influences, and clinical manifestations of major health problems. Note: Successful completion of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. A minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course.

APNC 521 | APRN PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS

Units: 3-4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: APNC 520 with a minimum grade of C- (Can be taken Concurrently)

Explores theoretical and clinical practice principles of advanced physical assessment and diagnosis across the lifespan. Utilizes various methods of comprehensive evidence-based data gathering, analysis, and documentation including history taking, physical examination, screening for common diseases, diagnostic procedures, and differential diagnoses. Differentiates abnormalities from common normal variations characteristic of various developmental, cultural, and ethnic groups. Laboratory-based practicum experiences provide the opportunity for the integration of theory with APRN role responsibilities specific to physical assessment and diagnosis. Note: Successful completion of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. A minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course.

APNC 521L | HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS LAB

Core Attributes: Lab

Explores theoretical and clinical practice principles of advanced physical assessment and diagnosis across the lifespan. Utilizes various methods of comprehensive evidence-based data gathering, analysis, and documentation including history taking, physical examination, screening for common diseases, diagnostic procedures, and differential diagnoses. Differentiates abnormalities from common normal variations characteristic of various developmental, cultural, and ethnic groups. Laboratory-based practicum experiences provide the opportunity for the integration of theory with APRN role responsibilities specific to physical assessment and diagnosis. Note: Successful completion of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

APNC 523 | PHARMACOLOGY IN HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: APNC 520 with a minimum grade of C-

Provides an evidence-based knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics for patients across the lifespan including special populations. Develops a foundation for decision-making necessary for initiating, monitoring, and modifying pharmacological treatment plans. Note: Successful completion of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. A minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course.

APNC 524 | ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MEPN 535 with a minimum grade of C-

Provides the knowledge and skills needed to assess, manage, and recommend treatment plans, utilizing broad categories of pharmacologic agents, for common and complex health problems in a safe, high quality and cost effective manner. Pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomic skills will be developed utilizing case scenarios with an emphasis on direct application to clinical nursing practice.

MSNC 503 | NURSING PRACTICE WITH DIVERSE FAMILIES IN COMMUNITIES

Units: 2 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MSNE 546

Examines philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual bases for care of diverse families and groups in community settings. Analysis of community perspectives provides a foundation for general and advanced practice and research with families across the lifespan. The national health objectives provide a framework for family and community health promotion and risk reduction. Issues that affect family, aggregate, and community health and wellness are examined using an ecological perspective that includes social, political, cultural, and economic aspects of the environment. Addresses intervention strategies with families to achieve desired health outcomes in their community.

MSNC 507 | STATISTICS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Provides students with necessary skills to perform statistical analysis of data in order to present information in a meaningful way. Emphasizes basic understanding of probability concepts, common probability distributions, and inferential statistical methods. Includes identification of data requirements and statistical method to answer specific research questions. Incorporates SPSS statistical software as well as statistical calculations. Explores methods to display data and findings. Assists students to interpret SPSS output, and effectively present findings. Also focuses on critical review of scientific manuscripts and interpretation of findings.

MSNC 511 | EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE: ROLE OF THEORY AND RESEARCH

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Focuses on the critical links between nursing theory, research and evidence based practice. Examines the theoretical foundations of nursing science including how theory has influenced the history and current practice of nursing. Emphasizes the importance of research for building an evidence base for nursing practice. Reviews the components of evidence-based practice, with emphasis placed on knowledgeable appraisal of theory and research to evaluate the evidence base for clinical practice.

MSNC 512 | INFLUENCING THE HEALTH CARE ENVIRONMENT: POLICY AND SYSTEMS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Provides an understanding of nursing’s leadership role in the analysis and evaluation of policy, organization, and financing of health care. Focuses on the organization of health care systems, the political and economic forces that influence health care delivery, and the formulation of policies affecting health care.

MSNC 518 | PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS FOR RNS

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: APNC 520 with a minimum grade of B-

Corequisites: MSNC 518L

Focuses on theoretical and clinical skill development in physical assessment and diagnosis, across the life span. Designed to prepare the advanced generalist registered nurses with the knowledge and skills to make appropriate focused assessments and draw accurate conclusions about physiological/psychosocial instability/complications/sequelae of disease processes and/or therapeutic interventions.

MSNC 518L | PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS FOR RNS LAB

Units: 0 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MSNC 518

This is the lab section for MSNC 518.

MSNC 534 | CLINICAL NURSE LEADERSHIP: THEORY AND PRACTICE

Units: 6 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MSNC 534P

Explores and integrates concepts of leadership that are central to the practice of the clinical nurse leader (CNL) including: horizontal leadership, effective use of self, reflective practice, advocacy, lateral integration of care, change theory, and role analysis and implementation. Oversees patient care provided by staff, in collaboration with RN preceptor or mentor, to improve patient outcomes. Serves as a role model for staff in anticipating risks and providing comprehensive care to individuals and clinical cohorts. Reviews and modifies, if necessary, standards of care for specific patient populations. Designs and proposes an implementation and evaluation plan for an evidence-based project designed to effect change in patient/staff outcomes.

MSNC 534P | CLINICAL NURSE LEADER PRACTICUM II

Units: 0 Repeatability: No

This is the practicum section of course MSNC 534.

MSNC 590 | ESSENTIALS OF CRITICAL CARE NURSING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Focuses on the concepts and frameworks that impact and support critical care nursing of the adult patient. Explores the pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and collaborative management of disorders commonly seen in critically ill patients. Emphasizes evidence-based therapeutic interventions to manage complex patient problems and prevent complications.

MSNC 599 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 6