Curriculum: BSN to PhD 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

Year One
Fall Semester
APNC 520Advanced Pathophysiology3
ACNS 619CNS Specialty Role and Practice Foundations3
MSNC 511Evidence Based Practice: Role of Theory and Research3
Spring Semester
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
Summer Session
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
Year Two
Fall Semester
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
Spring Semester
ACNS 638Adult Gerontology IV: Advanced CNS Practice3
ACNS 638PAdult Gerontology IV: Advanced CNS Practicum3
Completion of requirements for Master in Science in Nursing Degree
Year Three
Fall Semester
PHDN 601Philosophy of Science in Nursing3
PHDN 607Applied Statistics and Quantitative Research Methods3
PHDN 650Nursing Research Seminar1
Spring Semester
PHDN 602Theory Development in Nursing3
PHDN 608Applications of Multivariate Statistics3
PHDN 651Nursing Research Seminar1
Summer Session
Emphasis Course3
PHDN 683Communicating Nursing Knowledge
PHDN 688Palliative Care : Theory and Praxis
PHDN 690Theory and Research in Executive Leadership
Year Four
Fall Semester
PHDN 652Dissertation Research1
PHDN 670Quantitative Designs in Research3
PHDN 673Introduction to Qualitative Research: Background, Processes, and Approaches3
Spring Semester
PHDN 654Nursing Research Seminar3
Emphasis Course3
PHDN 677Advanced Quantitative Designs in Research 1
PHDN 676The Practice of Qualitative Research 1
Year Five
Fall Semester
PHDN 649Research Seminar in Health Policy3
PHDN 653Dissertation Research 3
Spring Semester
PHDN 695Dissertation 26
Total Units83