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 Health or Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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.

For further information

Please contact Dr. Mitzi Saunders, Coordinator and Lead Faculty at 734-355-2792.

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
  • NUR5750 Adult-Gerontology CNS Theory and Practicum I
    5 credits (Includes 250 practicum hours)

Year 2 - Fall Credits

  • NUR5760 Adult-Gerontology CNS Theory and Practicum II
    5 credits (Includes 250 practicum hours)

Total credits -19*

*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.  

For More Information

Mitzi Saunders, PhD, ACNS-BC, RN
Associate Professor, at saundemm@udmercy.edu
734-355-2792