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Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)


College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Nursing

Description

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program combines theories, concepts, research, issues and trends in caring for an aging population with complex multisystem health care needs. 

Available Emphases

A-State offers the following emphases in the MSN in Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist: Nurse Administration and Nurse Educator.

Master of Science in Nursing

The MSN prepares nurses with the complex practice skills and theoretical knowledge necessary for roles in advanced nursing and leadership in the contemporary health care system. Graduate study in nursing is the basis for professional growth in advanced practice roles and the foundation for doctoral study in nursing.

  • Prerequisites

    Admission Requirements

    In order to be considered for admission into the MSN program, candidates must meet the following criteria:

    • Hold a BSN degree from an accredited institution
    • Hold a current unencumbered licenses to practice nursing
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall or 3.0 on the last 60 hours of course work
    • Have successfully completed a graduate-level descriptive and inferential statistics course with a grade of “B” or above.
    • Be CPR certified (professional level)
    • Have completed a course in health assessment or demonstrative proficiency in health assessment which includes physical examination and history taking (Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator Option)

    Unconditional Admission

    To establish unconditional admission at the master's degree level, applicants must have a grade point average of 2.75 overall or 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. All courses attempted, including any repeated courses, are considered in the computation of the grade point average.

    Admission to the Graduate School and meeting eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to all majors.

    Professional Liability Insurance

    Prior to taking the first clinical course, the student must have an unencumbered Arkansas RN license and present evidence of professional liability insurance (minimum $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage), current CPR (professional level) certification and acceptable immunization status.

  • Admission Process

    How to Apply

    Applying to the Graduate School

    All applicants for any MSN program must first be accepted by the Graduate School. Apply online here.

    • Send official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work (personal copies will not be accepted) to: ASU Graduate Admissions, PO Box 1570, State University, AR 72467
    • Designated, non-refundable application fee
    • Written documentation of measles and rubella immunization
    • US citizens must be registered or exempt with Selective Service. Affirmation Action information can be found here.

    For questions, contact the Graduate School at (870) 972-3029.

    Applying to the MSN Program

    After applying to the Graduate School, candidates must also apply to the MSN program:

    1. Be accepted by the Graduate School for admission.
    2. Complete the MSN application
    3. Meet the Application Deadlines:
      - Adult Health Practitioner - Fall Term Admission Only, Application Deadline is April 15th
    4. Pre-Clinical Requirements
    • One year experience as an RN
    • CPR Certification
    • TB Skin Test
    • Evidence of Hepatitis B Immunization
    • Professional Liability
    • Valid, Unencumbered RN License in the State of Practice
  • No Emphasis

    Description

    Curriculum

    The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist consists of core and support courses as well as clinical course work to prepare the student for advanced role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). Preparation for clinical nurse specialists requires 540 hours of clinical practicum. Study in this option may be pursued on a full- and part-time basis. The majority of core and support courses are available online. Specialty courses are web-enhanced. Classes may be held using the interactive video network.

    Content in this major involves adults with acute or chronic health problems. Although the majority of patients access the health care system via a specific health problem, interventions studied may include primary, secondary, or tertiary prevention.

    Completion Window

    The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program of study must be completed within six years. All students must complete a professional paper in NURS 6762 Applied Clinical Research and Role Seminar or may choose to complete a supervised research experience in NURS 6893 Thesis Option.

    Comprehensive Exam

    Students must meet all graduate school requirements including passing a comprehensive exam.

  • Nurse Administration Option

    Description

    Curriculum

    Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Nurse Administrator Option prepares graduates as Nurse Executives, Administrators and Managers. The courses include leadership and management, healthcare law and quality assurance, and budgeting/financial management in the health care setting. The AH/Nurse Administrator option requires 38 credit hours and a minimum of 300 clinical clock hours.

    Experience in management or administration is not required but beneficial.

    The majority of core and support courses are offered online with periodic on-campus class meetings during each semester.

    Completion Window

    The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program of study must be completed within six years. All students in the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program are required to complete a professional paper in NURS 6763 Applied Clinical Research and Role Seminar with comprehensive examinations or may choose to complete a supervised research experience in NURS 6893 Thesis Option.

    Comprehensive Exam

    Students must meet all graduate school requirements including passing a comprehensive exam.

  • Nurse Educator Option

    Description

    Curriculum

    Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Nurse Educator Option students are prepared in curriculum development, teaching/learning strategies and measurement/evaluation in education. The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Nurse Educator Option requires 45 credit hours, 420 clinical clock hours, which includes completion of a nursing education practicum.

    The majority of core and support courses are offered online with periodic on-campus class meetings during each semester.

    Competition Window

    The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program of study must be completed with six years. All students in the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist are required to complete a professional paper in NURS 6763 Applied Clinical Research and Role Seminar with comprehensive examinations or may choose to complete a supervised research experience in NURS 6893 Thesis Option.

    Comprehensive Exam

    Students must meet all graduate school requirements including passing a comprehensive exam.


Additional Information

Policies and other information are available in a guide for graduating nursing students, entitled "Graduate Information Guide (GIG)". Knowledge of the policies and information in the GIG, A-State Student Handbook and A-State Graduate Bulletin are required following admission.

Questions

If you have questions, you may email the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Coordinator, Angela Smith at asmith@astate.edu  or contact the School of Nursing at 870-972-3074.

Accredited by ACEN

ACEN LogoThe MSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Rd, NE, Suite #850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Telephone: (404) 975-5000, http://acenursing.org/.

The MSN program is also approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.