Nursing Education and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult - Gerontology
With a growing shortage of nurses, estimated to reach 800,000 by the year 2020, the education of more nursing students plays a critical role in addressing this health care crisis. However, many nursing programs are unable to admit more qualified students due to a lack of available nursing instructors. To combat this issue, the McAuley School of Nursing at University of Detroit Mercy has a graduate track to prepare nurses for teaching--a Master of Science in Nursing / Nursing Education with a Clinical Nurse Specialty in Adult-Gerontology.
The nursing program serves current and new master degree students, post-master's students, and post-baccalaureate students.
The graduate degree program is comprised of three components, totaling 46 credits:
- Interdisciplinary core courses (9 credits)
- Nursing education courses (14 credits)
- Advanced core courses in preparation as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (21 credits)
- Scholarly project (2 credits)
The program is currently available primarily in a convenient online format. The program can be completed in two years full time or three years in part-time study. Additional 4 or 5 year plans are available. The Nursing Education core courses are also offered as a post-baccalaureate certificate option. Upon completion of the master's degree program, students will receive a Master of Science in Nursing degree, and will be eligible to sit for the examination for Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult-Gerontology certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. After two years full time in a faculty role, students will be eligible to sit for the examination as a nurse educator from the National League for Nursing.
The McAuley School of Nursing master's program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.