Post-Masters Clinical Nurse Specialist (On-line)

Post-Masters Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist On-line

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Post-Master’s Certificate Program at the University of Detroit Mercy provides qualified nurses with the opportunity to gain specialty knowledge in adult-gerontology advanced practice nursing. Applicants’ transcripts will be reviewed to be sure that the requirements for national CNS certification are met through their previous courses and the courses provided through this post-masters certificate program.

Advanced clinical specialty courses prepare students for the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult-Gerontology. The certificate program includes learning in the areas of advanced pathophysiology, advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and the role of the clinical nurse specialist. The clinical nurse specialist courses include a total of 500 hours of clinical practicum experience working with a clinical nurse specialist in a variety of settings.

Upon completion of the post-master’s certificate, the nurse will be eligible to sit for the examination for the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

On-Line Program

The program is taught on-line in a flexible and student-centered format with course and faculty availability seven days a week. Students need not be a resident of Michigan to be in the program. Clinical sites and qualified preceptors are identified near the student's home to complete the required clinical component in the role of the CNS.

Curriculum

Year 1 - Fall Credits

  • NUR 5160 Advanced Health Assessment
    3 credits
  • HLH 5900 Advanced Pathophysiology
    3 credits

Year 1 - Winter Credits

  • NUR5800 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses
    3 credits
  • NUR5748 Adult-Gerontology CNS Role and Theory I 
    3 credits 
  • NUR5749 Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum I
    2 credits (Includes 200 practicum hours)

Year 1 - Summer Credits

  • NUR5751 Wellness Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice
    2 credits (Includes 100 practicum hours)

Year 2 - Fall Credits

  • NUR5752 Adult-Gerontology CNS Role and Theory II
    3 credits
  • NUR5753 Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum II
    2 credits (Includes 200 practicum hours)

Total credits: 21*

*Starting Fall 2015, total credit increases to 21 (2 credit Wellness AGCNS Practice course to meet this new competency of practice).

The program is taught on-line in a flexible and student-centered format with course and faculty availability seven days a week. Students need not be a resident of Michigan to be in the program. Clinical sites and qualified preceptors are identified near the student's home to complete the required clinical component in the role of the CNS.  

Application to the Post-Master's Certificate Program

You can apply to the Post-Master's Certificate Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist through our online application. For questions or assistance regarding the application process, contact:
Jay Jessen at jessenjk@udmercy.edu or (313) 993-1828

Post-Master's Certificate in Adult-Gerontology
Clinical Nurse Specialist
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For Program Specific Information

For more information about the program, please contact Mitzi Saunders, PhD, ACNS-BC, RN, Associate Professor, at saundemm@udmercy.edu or (734) 355-2792