Adult-Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator

 

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Biostatistics for Evidence Based Practice
The focus of this course is the understanding of biostatistics for application to nursing and evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of, and appraisal of, data analyses for the selection and use of best evidence for making practical conclusions about empirical data.

Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology

Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning
This course examines the theoretical underpinnings of evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on applying a range of theories from nursing and related fields for the provision of high quality health care.

Health Care Policy
This course guides students in exploring political, economical, ethical, and social forces that currently impact decision making in health care. Patterns of influence that drive current policy development are examined and proposal of advocacy behaviors is encouraged.

Research and Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning
This course is designed to assist the graduate student to develop knowledge and skills needed for the application of research findings to evidence- based practice and advanced nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the analysis and application of quantitative and qualitative research methods, directed at risk reduction and health promotion.

Advanced Health Assessment
Develops the knowledge and skills necessary for the performance of a comprehensive health assessment. Synthesis of data including diagnostic study interpretation is emphasized.

Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice
This course prepares nurses for professional roles in advanced nursing practice with knowledge of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles of common drug categories used to prevent illness and to restore and maintain health for client systems across the lifespan. Mechanisms of action, pharmacologic response, usual doses, adverse effects, indications, interactions, compatibilities, contraindications and routes of administration will be emphasized in acute and chronic conditions. Six hours of legal, ethical and financial content related to prescribing is addressed in this course as required by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Choose between:
Illness Management in Critical Care
This course will focus on evidence-based practice concepts in Critical Care. Guided self-assessment and independent study aid the student to expand their knowledge base related to advanced practice within their specialty.

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Illness Management in Adult Health/Gerontology
This course will focus on evidence-based practice concepts in Gerontology. Guided self-assessment and independent study aid the student to expand their knowledge base related to advanced practice within their specialty.

Role Integration of the AGCNS
This course focuses on the role development of clinical nurse specialist. Models and frameworks are explored to aid in the integration of the many sub-roles of the CNS. The role of the CNS in clinical judgment, clinical inquiry, facilitation of learning, program planning and project management, advocacy and moral agency, collaboration, caring practices, cultural diversity, and systems thinking are explored.

AGCNS Practicum I
In this practicum, students will engage in the beginning implementation of the role of the clinical nurse specialist including clinical expert, consultant, educator, researcher, and leader. Clinical experiences will take place in various contexts consistent with the student’s clinical specialty.

Differential Diagnosis for the Advanced Practice Nurse
This course is the second sequential course that explores the comprehensive physical and psychological assessment of signs, symptoms, and pathophysiological changes of the client system across the lifespan. The focus of the course is to develop diagnostic reasoning skill through analysis of present and past histories, physical findings, and diagnostic studies that contribute to the formulation of differential diagnoses of the major health problems in the United States. The client is assessed from a holistic nursing perspective with consideration of his/her cultural, social, ethnic, family, and community environments.

AGCNS Practicum II
In this practicum, students will continue to engage in the beginning implementation of the role of the clinical nurse specialist including clinical expert, consultant, educator, researcher, and leader. Clinical experiences will take place in various contexts consistent with the student’s clinical specialty.

Finance and Economics of Healthcare
This course explores health care finance and economics from the perspective of health care providers and non-financial managers of health services. Financial management principles, the health care reimbursement system, reimbursement processes, and factors influencing the financial environment are discussed with emphasis on strategies to promote and sustain the financial viability of the health care.

Leadership in Healthcare Organizations
This course focuses on the integration of core leadership concepts and principles into leadership roles at various levels throughout the health care organization. Students examine the theoretical basis for development and application of effective leader behaviors in health care organizations. Emphasis is placed on the experience of becoming and being a leader.

Choose between:
AGCNS Practicum III with Capstone – CNS with Nurse Educator
In this practicum, students will continue to engage in the beginning implementation of the role of the clinical nurse specialist including clinical expert, consultant, educator, researcher, and leader. Clinical experiences will take place in various contexts consistent with the student’s clinical specialty. The Capstone will consist of a culminating experience in which one of three foci are selected: (1) integration of research findings into practice with evaluation of client system outcomes; or (2) evaluation of current nursing practice through examination of relevant client system clinical outcomes; or (3) description of new knowledge with potential for enhancing nursing practice.

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AGCNS Practicum IV – CNS Only

Optional Nurse Educator Courses:
Learning-Centered Teaching in Healthcare
This course focuses on the role of the healthcare faculty member in developing cognitive, affective, and psychomotor student learning outcomes. Facilitating learning in traditional, flexible, and virtual learning spaces, use of evidence-based teaching, and addressing the needs of diverse learners in classroom and clinical settings will be emphasized.

Curriculum Design and Student Assessment in Healthcare
This course focuses on curriculum design and evaluation to facilitate student learning across cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains. Strategies to assess student learning and program effectiveness will be explored.

Instructional Technology for Learning-Centered Teaching
This course focuses on the effective use of instructional technology to support learning-centered teaching. These may include maximizing the use of current learning management systems, presentation software and software to assist in the production of instructional videos and animations. We will explore the use of virtual reality platforms and simulations in academia. Emphasis will be placed on pedagogically sound applications of instructional technologies from the perspectives of theory, research, practice, and future trends.

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  • Raul Reyes said:

    I have already taken credits on Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Client Assessment, Biostatistics, Research and Nursing Culture from a Nurse Practitioner Family Practice program. Are those credits taken in consideration if I enroll in the Nurse-Midwifery program? I am a foreign physician with a BSN and, a valid Florida Nurse License. Please provide further details.
    Thanks

    • Administrator said:

      Hi Raul, thank you for your question. Please click here to view our transfer credit policy. Transfer credits are determined on a case-by-case basis, so please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 866-225-6764 or info@nursingonline.uc.edu.
      Administrator

  • Sani Ahmad said:

    Can somebody residing in Nigeria secure admission in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing program?

    • Pamela Bush said:

      Sani, thank you for your interest in our program. The admissions requirements for our Psych NP program require that applicants have an active U.S. RN license along with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally and nursing accredited institution. Also, due to clinical regulations, only applicants with access to facilities in the 50 United States or U.S. military bases will be considered for admission. An Enrollment Advisor is available to answer any additional questions at 866-225-6764 or info@nursingonline.uc.edu.
      Pamela

  • Nicole said:

    How often does an online student have to travel to campus in Ohio? The NURS 812 Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice course has 3 hours didactic/week and 3 hours clinical lab/week, how is this done in the distance learning environment?

    • Pamela Bush said:

      Nicole, thank you for your interest. The University of Cincinnati online MSN program does not require any campus visits. Clinical and lab hours are completed in your community with a preceptor. To discuss specific information regarding the course structure, please contact us at 866-225-6764 and an Enrollment Advisor will be glad to assist you.
      Pamela

  • Veronica Olivo said:

    Hi Obot,
    Thank you for your question. Depending on the program, the terms have stayed the same however the content will be covered within a 14 week period versus a 10 week period within the quarter structure.
    If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact an Enrollment Advisor at 866-225-6764 or info@nursingonline.uc.edu.
    Veronica

  • Melissa Brown said:

    Do we have the option to take one course at a time or do we have to do all the courses listed per quarter- at the same time?

    • Pamela Bush said:

      Melissa, thank you for your question. Each specialty within the MSN program has an assigned curriculum that you will follow. Students will typically take 2-4 classes per semester. Each semester will be 14 weeks long. Please click here to view the course curriculum by specialty. For additional information, please contact and Enrollment Advisor at 866-225-6764 or info@nursingonline.uc.edu.

  • located on a military hospital outside the USA can i still do the CNS or NP program

    • Martin, typically our military students are able to complete the program and the clinicals as long as they are located on a US military base and they have access to the internet.

  • ben said:

    How long does it take to finish the program (full time)? and can i begin the program relatively soon after i complete my b.s.n.?

    • Hello Ben, our programs are designed to be completed in 2 years. Your start date would be determined by your BSN degree was conferral date. For more detailed information, please call our office at (866) 225-6764.

  • ida said:

    What are the admission requirements for International Students? Where can I find the list of fees? Thank you.

    • Hello Ida, thank you for your interest. In order to be admissible into our MSN programs, you have to be a registered nurse, have completed a BSN degree, and completed statistics with a C or better. Additionally, you have to hold an active US nursing license and be able to practice nursing in the United States. If all of the above apply to you, then you meet the eligibility requirements for admission. Feel free to our office at (866) 225-6764 and one of our Enrollment Advisors will be glad to assist you further.

  • Jessica Black said:

    I already have my MSN in Education. I am interested in CNS/NE. Will this still take two years to complete?

    • Hello Jessica, we do not offer post graduate certificate programs, so you would have to complete the entire program.

  • valerie said:

    Is the CNS/NE program only focused on critical care of adults or adult/gerontology? Is it possible to have focus on pediatric critical care?

    • Hi Valerie, great question. At this time we only offer the Adult Health (medical-surgical)/Gerontology or Critical Care concentrations. Please contact an advisor for more details at 866-225-6764.

  • Christine Rowe said:

    Can I specialize in Neonatal Intensive Care for the CNS part of the degree?

    • Hi Christine, our CNS/NE program allows you to specialize in Adult Health (medical-surgical)/Gerontology or Critical Care and Nursing Education. We do not offer a neonatal specialization. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor with additional questions at 866-225-6764.

  • Meta said:

    Since the CNS / NE is a dual program, does one also graduate with two degree?

    • Meta, thank you for your inquiry. You will graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing degree. Regarding your certifications, graduates of the MSN program’s CNS/NE specialty are eligible to sit for either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) certification exam. After two years of experience, Nurse Educators can sit for the National League of Nursing (NLN) certification exam. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor for more details at 866-225-6764.

  • META said:

    I notice the intro states that the CNS / NE program is a dual degree. The question is, is it a “dual degree” where you get two master degrees upon graduation or is it just a “dual concentration” where you get just one degree?

    Thanks

    • Hi Meta, thank you for the inquiry. This program has recently changed to the Adult-Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist program. Please reach out to a Enrollment Advisor at 866-225-6764 for further details.

  • META said:

    Is the GPA requirement based on a cumulative calculation of all colleges attended or as the site states based on the last degree earned or a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 for the last degree earned.
    Thanks

    • Hi Meta, due to the increased volume of interest in UC’s MSN program, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 is preferred. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor for more details at 866.225.6764.

  • Laura said:

    Are the programs offered part-time? Is it okay to take longer than 2 years to complete?

    • Hi Laura, sometimes full-time and part-time structures can be a bit confusing. Please click here to view helpful information about part-time enrollment. Technically this program is considered “part-time”, however it may require a full-time commitment due to your course content. Most nurses spend about 30 hrs. per week dedicated towards their studies. Per UC’s policy, each student has 5 years to complete their program. For more details, please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 866.225.6764.

  • Tracie Craddock said:

    I am interested in the CNS/NE program and was wandering if the clinicals are done in conjunction with the classes or can they be done toward the end of the program?

    • Hi Tracie. Clinicals are completed in conjunction with your coursework. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor for additional details at 866-225-6764.

  • Mary said:

    I have my MSN already. Do you have a postmasters certificate for CNS/NE?

    • Hi Mary, thank you for your inquiry. We currently only offer Post-Master’s Certificates on-campus. To view available options, please click here.

  • Sierra Boriskey said:

    I have some questions about your MSN CNS program and wanted to fill out my information for an adviser to contact me, however, I am currently enrolled in a BSN program so I do not yet have my BSN. Can I still fill out the form as I would like to gather information so I can hopefully enroll shortly after I graduate next year.

    • Sierra, you are welcome to speak with an Enrollment Advisor at any time at 866-225-6764. You can apply before graduation, but your BSN would need to complete before classes begin. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • sol estrella said:

    I’ve been out of critical care for 2 years, practicing OR. Would I be able to get in cns or fnp program?

    • Hi sol, please click here to view the admissions requirements. You may also contact an Enrollment Advisor to go over the eligibility requirements at 866-225-6764.

  • Kelly Milward said:

    Do you still offer a dual masters in nursing education and CNS?

    • Hi Kelly, this program is solely focused on the AGCNS specialty. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor for more details at 866-225-6764.

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