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The Clinical Nurse Specialist is an advanced clinician holding a master’s degree who functions as an expert clinician, leader, researcher, educator, and consultant that exerts influence in three spheres: patient/family, nursing personnel, and organization system. The CNS graduate acquires knowledge and experience to provide services to individuals in an area of specialization across the lifespan in health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common acute and / or chronic illness. The CNS works in a variety of clinical settings including acute care hospitals, community agencies, long term care, home care, and physician offices. Our AG-CNS program is recognized by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. AG-CNS students may meet the educational eligibility requirements for the ACCNS-AG certification exam. There are a total of 42 credit hours in the specialty with 545 clinical hours. The Clinical Nurse Specialist graduate is prepared to:
for more information http://www.nursing.org/careers/clinical-nurse/
|Curriculum Clinical Nurse Specialist|
|N601 Roles for Advanced Nursing Practice||1 credit hours|
|N602 Evidenced Based Practice for Advanced Nursing||4 credit hours|
|N603 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice||3 credit hours|
|N604 Population Based Care and Health Policy||3 credit hours|
|N605 Healthcare Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice||3 credit hours|
|N606 Nursing Leadership in Health Systems||4 credit hours|
|Total Core Hours||18 credit hours|
|Clinical Core Courses|
|N617 Advanced Concepts of Pathophysiology||3 credit hours|
|N618 Advanced Health Assessment||3 credit hours|
|N622 Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice||3 credit hours|
|Total Clinical Hours||9 credit hours|
|Clinical Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses|
|N645 Advanced Nursing Assessment and Intervention I||5 credit hours|
|N646 Advanced Nursing Assessment and Intervention II||5 credit hours|
|N647 Advanced Nursing Assessment and Intervention III||5 credit hours|
|Total Specialty Hours||15 credit hours|
|Total Program Hours||42 credit hours|
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and post-graduate APRN certificate at the University of Southern Indiana are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791 (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).
The Graduate Nursing program is offered online. NEW 2018 - Campus Visits Required.
Fall and spring courses are 16 weeks in length; summer course offerings are 10 weeks long.
We offer admission into the program once a year and work with our students to provide a Plan of Study that allows for timely graduation and achievement of their goals.
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The MSN and Post MSN online programs are limited to working with certain states in the U.S. only. Moving into a state not recognized by the graduate nursing program will lead to inability to continue in MSN coursework. The exception to this is active military status.