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Master of Science in Nursing, Option in Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult

This program of 47 units is designed to expand the scope of advanced practice nursing within acute and chronic care settings. The curriculum will prepare graduates for eligibility for taking the national clinical nurse specialist certification examination.

Prerequisites

1. A bachelor's degree in nursing preferred: A bachelor's degree in a related field will be considered.

2. Current license to practice as a registered nurse in California.

3. Admission to grasduate standing in nursing at the University;

4. A college level course in statistics;

5. A physical assessment course which includes clinical practice, must have been taken within the last five years;

6. An upper division or graduate level course in pathophysiology;

7. An upper division community health nursing course with lab for non-BSN applicants;

8. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the undergraduate program.

9. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Analytical Writing Section only at a score 4.0 to be completed prior to the application. Results to be sent to the School of Nursing (SON) at CSULB, and a copy attached with the SON application. The GRE must have been completed within 5 years of the SON application.

Advancement to Candidacy

1. Satisfy the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy;

2. Completion of all undergraduate deficiencies;

3. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);

4. Approval of the school graduate director and Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

Requirements

1. Completion of a minimum of 47 units in approved upper division and graduate courses;

2. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the graduate program.

Core Courses

For all Clinical Nurse Specialist, take the following courses:

  • NRSG 510 Advanced Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program and completion of upper division pathophysiology course, or consent of instructor.
  • NRSG 520 Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program, or consent of instructor.
  • NRSG 530 Advanced Physical Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program and completion of basic physical assessment course, or consent of instructor. Corequisite: NRSG 530L.
  • NRSG 530L Advanced Physical Assessment Laboratory for Advanced Practice Nurses (1)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate program or consent of instructor.
    Corerequisties: NRSG 530.
  • NRSG 540 Health Care Economics, Policy, and Management for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program or consent of instructor.
  • NRSG 550 Human Diversity and Psychosocial Issues in Health Care for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program or consent of instructor.
  • NRSG 560 Foundations of Theoretical and Professional Roles in Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program or instructor consent.
  • NRSG 596 Research for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program and upper division statistics, or consent of instructor.

Education Core Courses:

  • NRSG 556A Conditions of Learning and Instruction in Nursing (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • NRSG 556B Curriculum Development in Nursing (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • NRSG 556C Microteaching in Nursing (3)
    Prerequisites: Graduate standing; NRSG 556A and NRSG 556B.

Theory Courses:

  • NRSG 600 Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing in Adult Care Clinical Nurse Specialist I: Patient/Family (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 510, NRSG 520, NRSG 530, NRSG 530L, NRSG 540, NRSG 550, NRSG 560, NRSG 596, NRSG 556A, NRSG 556B, NRSG 556C or departmental consent required.
  • NRSG 601 Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing in Adult Care CNS II: Staff Development (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 600, NRSG 600L, or departmental consent required. Corequisites: NRSG 601L.
  • NRSG 602 Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing in Adult Care CNS III: Organizational Systems (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 601, NRSG 601L, or departmental consent required. Corequisites: NRSG 602L.

Clinical Courses:

  • NRSG 600 Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing in Adult Care Clinical Nurse Specialist I: Patient/Family (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 510, NRSG 520, NRSG 530, NRSG 530L, NRSG 540, NRSG 550, NRSG 560, NRSG 596, NRSG 556A, NRSG 556B, NRSG 556C or departmental consent required.
  • NRSG 601L Clinical Studies for the CNS in Adult Care II: Staff Development (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 600, NRSG 600L, or departmental consent required. Corequisites: NRSG 601.
  • NRSG 602L Clinical Studies in Adult-Gerontological Clinical Care for the CNS III: Organizational Systems (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 601, NRSG 601L, or departmental consent required. Corequisites: NRSG 602.

For Clinical Nurse Specialists, take one of the following culminating courses:

  • NRSG 692 Nursing Directed Project (1-3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program, advancement to candidacy, NRSG 596 and consent of school graduate advisor.
  • NRSG 695 Comprehensive Exam (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 510, NRSG 520, NRSG 530, NRSG 530L, NRSG 540, NRSG 550, NRSG 560, NRSG 596, NRSG 680 class series and NRSG 680L or NRSG 680 A/B class series, and advancement to candidacy, or consent of instructor and graduate advisor.
  • NRSG 698 Thesis (1-3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program, advancement to candidacy, NRSG 596, consent of school graduate advisor.

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