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 49 credits:
- Interdisciplinary core courses (6 credits)
- Nursing core courses (8 credits)
- Advanced practice courses (9 credits)
- Nursing education courses (14 credits)
- Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist courses (12 credits)
The program is currently available almost entirely in a convenient online format. Distance students can be accommodated even in the face-to-face courses. 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 completion of the program, 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.
Master of Science in Nursing / Nursing Education with a Clinical Nurse Specialty in Adult-Gerontology degree program achieves the following terminal objectives:
- Demonstrate own professional role practice consistent with the competencies of the unique specialty at the master's level.
- Translate theoretical and conceptual knowledge into advanced nursing practice actions that promote optimal health care quality and patient safety outcomes.
- Integrate informatics, health care technology, and interpersonal collaboration in the delivery of person-centered nursing practice for individuals and populations.
- Engage in systems leadership with a focus on preventive care, policy development, and patient advocacy.
- Integrate the Jesuit and Mercy traditions in providing culturally competent, compassionate, holistic, and person-centered care with a commitment to human dignity in the contemporary world.