ELM-MSN: Adult-Gerontology or Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

The Master of Science in Nursing with Adult-Gerontology or Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) allows students to concentrate on one of these two clinical areas of content and practice. Nurses with advanced practice preparation may work in acute, primary, or long-term care settings. The student learns the process of developing and sustaining evidence-based practice in illness management, advancing the practice of other nurses and nursing personnel, and developing organizational or systems modifications to support and improve nursing practice. The traditional CNS roles of expert clinical practice, consultation, clinical leadership, research, and education are shaped toward producing desirable patient outcomes as the CNS works in several spheres of influence. Graduates are eligible to apply to the state of California for certification as clinical nurse specialists, and may apply for national certification through examination by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
 

Please contact the School of Nursing for specific program availability and locations.

Prelicensure coursework must be completed prior to beginning Advanced Practice Nursing coursework.

For details of academic core, advanced practice core, and concluding courses, please see the MSN program requirements.

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Requirements

Academic Core Courses13
GNRS 506Spiritual Concept Analysis in Health Care3
GNRS 613Graduate Statistics3
GNRS XXX Electives7
Academic and Advanced Practice Core Courses12
GNRS 512Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion4 (3/1)
GNRS 513Advanced Nursing Practice Role2
GNRS 515Advanced Pathophysiology3
GNRS 594Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Nursing3
Advanced Practice Specialty Courses22
GNRS 520Theory and Practice of the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nursing Care of Adult-Gerontology Patients6 (2/4)
GNRS 521Clinical Specialization in the Care of Adult-Gerontology Patient6 (2/4)
GNRS 543Transitions Across the Care Continuum6 (2/4)
GNRS 548Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 2
GNRS 580Gerontology2
Concluding Courses1-3
GNRS 597Comprehensive Examination Directed Study1
- or -
GNRS 598
GNRS 514
Thesis
and Research Proposal Writing
3
Total required for the MSN with Adult Gerontology CNS48-50

Units shown in parentheses are theory units/clinical units.

Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Requirements

Academic Core Courses13
GNRS 506Spiritual Concept Analysis in Health Care3
GNRS 613Graduate Statistics3
GNRS XXX (Choose 7 elective units)7
Academic and Advanced Practice Core Courses12
GNRS 511Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment and Health Promotion4 (3/1)
- or -
GNRS 512Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion4 (3/1)
GNRS 513Advanced Nursing Practice Role2
GNRS 515Advanced Pathophysiology3
GNRS 594Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Nursing3
Advanced Practice Specialty Courses20
GNRS 530Theory and Practice of the Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Care of the Pediatric Patient6 (2/4)
GNRS 531Clinical Specialization in the Care of the Pediatric Patient6 (2/4)
GNRS 543Transitions Across the Care Continuum6 (2/4)
GNRS 548Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 2
Specialized Option Courses2
Select from the following:
GNRS 589Adolescent Health Care2
- or -
GNRS 510Family Theory in Health Care2
Concluding Courses1-3
GNRS 597Comprehensive Examination Directed Study1
- or -
GNRS 598
GNRS 514
Thesis
and Research Proposal Writing
3
Total required for the MSN with Pediatric CNS48-50

Units shown in parentheses are theory units/clinical units.