Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
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The DNP Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist track allows students to acquire a MSN along the way upon completion of 45 credit hours of master's level courses, including 600 hours of clinical practice. This is followed by an additional 41 credit hours of doctoral-level courses, including 9 credit hours of the DNP Project and at least 420 clinical hours. All totaled, 1,020 practicum hours including those leading to the MSN are required to earn the DNP.
Required Courses for MSN—45 Credit Hours
Core Courses—21 Credit Hours
- NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (2 credit hours)
- NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab (1 credit hour; 60 clinical hours)
- NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
- NGR 5800 Theory for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
- NGR 5884 Legal and Professional Behavior in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6172 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6801 Research Methods (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6813 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
Specialty Courses: Adult/ Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist—24 Credit Hours
- NGR 5720 Organizational Dynamics (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6265 Adult/Gerontology CNS I (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6265L Adult/Gerontology CNS I Clinical (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)
- NGR 6266 Adult/Gerontology CNS II (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6266L Adult/Gerontology CNS II Clinical (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)
- NGR 6267 Adult/Gerontology CNS III (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6267L Adult/Gerontology CNS III Clinical (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)
- NGR 6874 Nursing Environment Management (3 credit hours)
Required Courses for the DNP—41 Credit Hours
The DNP courses serve to enhance the skill and science base of the graduate and strengthen the focus on research utilization. Safety and efficiency in health care systems is addressed and organizational and policy implications are emphasized within the context of care delivery. An emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice, state-of-the-art interventions and information fluency.
- NGR 6722 Financial Management and Resource Development (3 credit hours)
- NGR 7065 Advanced Clinical Management for APN (3 credit hours)
- NGR 7673 Epidemiology Principles in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
- NGR 7748 Advanced Clinical Practice Selective for Advanced Practice Nursing (2 credit hours; 120 clinical hours)
- NGR 7779C Program Development and Management for DNP (3 credit hours; 60 clinical hours)
- NGR 7793 Leadership and Economics in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
- NGR 7820 Innovative Technologies in Healthcare (3 credit hours)
- NGR 7827 Concepts, Measurement, and Data Management (3 credit hours)
- NGR 7855C Evidence-Based Practice Development for DNP (3 credit hours; 60 clinical hours)
- NGR 7892 Healthcare Systems and Policy (3 credit hours)
- NGR 7911C Doctoral Project 1 (3 credit hours; 60 clinical hours)
- NGR 7912C Doctoral Project 2 (3 credit hours; 120 clinical hours)
- NGR 7913 Doctoral Project 3 (3 credit hours)
- Elective (3 credit hours)
Progress to Degree
Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Students who receive a grade of below B in any course will be reviewed by the DNP Admissions, Progression and Graduation Committee for continuation in the program. Grades of below B are not acceptable in the doctoral program in the College of Nursing. Students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA will be put on probation or dismissed from the program.
- All course work completed with a minimum grade of "B"
- A satisfactory DNP Project
- Clinical performance evaluated at a satisfactory level
- A satisfactory public presentation of the DNP Project
- A professional portfolio