The purpose of the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate Program at Purdue University Northwest is to prepare qualified Master’s prepared nurses as CNSs caring for the Adult-Gerontology population. Clinical nurse specialists are advanced practice nurses who are uniquely prepared to meet complex patients’ needs for expert nursing care. Educational preparation consists of content related to a managing complex adult-gerontology patients as well as content that prepares students to influence nursing personnel and the healthcare system for the purpose of achieving safe, quality patient care. Graduates of CNS programs are able to advance the practice of nursing through expertise in their specialty and through their skills as leaders, collaborators, consultants, mentors, and innovators. They are also experts at effecting change and introducing evidence-based practice protocols into the healthcare environment. As a result of their educational preparation and skills, CNSs exert a significant, positive influence on patient, nurse, and healthcare organizational outcomes.
Credit Hour and Clinical Contact Hour Requirements+:
The certificate requires students to complete a minimum of 14 hours and a maximum of 30 credit hours consisting of the following courses:
- NUR 50200: Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing* – 3 credits
- NUR 50300: Advanced Health Assessment* – 4 credits
- NUR 57400: Pathophysiologic Concepts for Advanced Practice Nursing I* – 3 credits
- NUR 57500: Pathophysiologic Concepts for Advanced Practice Nursing II* – 3 credits
- NUR 51100: Health Promotion for Advanced Practice in Nursing* – 3 credits and 45 clinical contact hours
- NUR 60000: Adult-Gerontology CNS I – 3 credits
- NUR 60100: Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum I – 3 credits and 180 clinical contact hours
- NUR 61800: Adult-Gerontology CNS II – 3 credits
- NUR 62000: Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum II – 3 credits and 180 clinical contact hours
- NUR 65800: Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum III: Clinical Synthesis – 2 credits and 150 clinical contact hours
*May be waived if student has taken a comparable graduate course at Purdue University Northwest or at another accredited nursing program within 5 years prior to application to this program.