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Master of Science in Nursing

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Track

The Master's Degree in Nursing with a concentration as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist will provide the graduate with the competencies specified by the California Board of Registered Nursing and NACNS (National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists). Coursework provides graduates the expertise to promote the health and well-being of adults.

The MSN and post-MSN Adult-Gerontology CNS students must complete 500 faculty supervised clinical hours in the advanced practice role of the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist in order to meet the eligibility criteria to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult-Gerontology certification examination. Therefore, all practica hours for NUR 250ABC will need to be in this type of setting/role if the student is planning on applying to take this certification examination after completion of the Program.

Successful Completion of the MSN CNS  or post- MSN CNS track allows the graduate  to meet the eligibility criteria * to sit for the Adult-Gerontology CNS certification exam given by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC is one of the national organizations recognized by the California BRN that meets the CNS certification requirements that are equivalent to the BRN standards. If the student is planning to sit for any other certification examination, the student is responsible for checking the certifying agency's eligibility criteria prior to beginning coursework to ensure that MSMC's CNS track curriculum will allow the student to gain any required didactic &/or practica experiences.

If required CNS courses were completed at colleges other than MSMC, it is the student’s responsibility to provide a detailed description of content and clinical hours to ANCC when applying for the CNS certification exam. These will need to be submitted by the student to ANCC as evidence of fulfilling the requirements.

*Subject to change by ANCC. Students are encouraged to check the ANCC website (www.nursecredentialing.org) for the most up to date information.

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration is a 46 unit program that can be completed in as few as 7 terms or 28 months. **

NUR 200: Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NUR 201: Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations of Nursing (3)
NUR 202: Current Trends & Issues in Professional Nursing (3)
NUR 203: Introduction to Graduate Studies (1)
NUR 206: Educational Theories, Principles, & Methods in Nursing (2)
NUR 207A: Healthcare Informatics & Technology (1.5)
NUR 207B: Healthcare Informatics & Technology (1.5)
NUR 238: Advanced Concepts in Gerontology (3)
NUR 239: Advanced Concepts in Adult Health (3)
NUR 246: Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology (3)
NUR 247: Foundations & Ethical Principles in Leadership & Consultation (2)
NUR 248: Advanced Pharmacology (3)
NUR 249 Clinical Nurse Specialist Role (2)
NUR 250A: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum (3)
NUR 250B: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum (3)
NUR 250C: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum (3)
NUR 290: Nursing Research & Methodologies (3)
NUR 296: Thesis Project Seminar (3)

** Track requirements (courses and units) subject to change. Curriculum has been revised and will apply to students entering Summer 2011 or later.

Master of Science in Nursing

Educator Track

The Master's Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Education will provide the graduate with competencies in advanced nursing theory and experience as a nursing educator. Skills will be mastered to develop strategies for curricular design and for the use of technology in various college and clinical agencies within the changing patterns of healthcare.

The Educator concentration is a 38 unit program that can be completed in as few as 6 terms or 2 years.*

NUR 200: Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NUR 201: Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations of Nursing (3)
NUR 202: Current Trends & Issues in Professional Nursing (3)
NUR 203: Introduction to Graduate Studies (1)
NUR 206: Educational Theories, Principles, & Methods in Nursing (2)
NUR 207A: Healthcare Informatics & Technology (1.5)
NUR 207B: Healthcare Informatics & Technology (1.5)
NUR 208: Curriculum Development (2)
NUR 246: Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology (3)
NUR 248: Advanced Pharmacology (3)
NUR 290: Nursing Research & Methodologies (3)
NUR 294: Evaluation & Testing (2)
NUR 295: Educator Practicum (Agency setting) (3)
NUR 296: Thesis Project Seminar (3)
NUR 297: Educator Practicum (College setting) (3)
NUR 298: Nurse Educator Role (1)

* Track requirements (courses and units) subject to change. Curriculum has been revised and will apply to students entering Summer 2011.

Master of Science in Nursing

Leadership and Administration Track

The Master's Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Leadership and Administration will provide the graduate with the competencies to lead various organizations and institutions. The program encompasses both nursing and leadership/administration courses in order to develop the necessary skills to provide responsible organizational leadership to society. Inherent in the Leadership and Administration track is the personal/professional transformation essential to leaders.

The Leadership and Administration concentration is a 39 unit program that can be completed in as few as 6 terms or 2 years.*

NUR 201: Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations of Nursing (3)
NUR 202: Current Trends & Issues in Professional Nursing (3)
NUR 203: Introduction to Graduate Studies (1)
NUR 204: Healthcare Policy (3)
NUR 207A: Healthcare Informatics & Technology (1.5)
NUR 207B: Healthcare Informatics & Technology (1.5)
NUR 241: Marketing Management in Healthcare (3)
NUR 247: Foundations & Ethical Principles in Leadership & Consultation (2)
NUR 252A: Leadership/Administration Practicum (3)
NUR 252B: Leadership/Administration Practicum (3)
NUR 253: Organizational Management in Healthcare (3)
NUR 254: Financial Management for Healthcare Organizations (3)
NUR 256: Organizational Change & Strategic Planning for Healthcare (3)
NUR 290: Nursing Research & Methodologies (3)
NUR 296: Thesis Project Seminar (3)

* Track requirements (courses and units) subject to change.

Post-MSN Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Applicants have completed a Master's Degree in Nursing or related to nursing as outlined by the Board of Registered Nursing for the Clinical Nurse Specialist certification.

The Post-MSN Certificate for the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist is 33 units and can be completed in as few as 6 terms or 24 months.*

NUR 200: Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NUR 206: Educational Theories, Principles, & Methods in Nursing (2)
NUR 207A: Healthcare Informatics & Technology (1.5)
NUR 207B: Healthcare Informatics & Technology (1.5)
NUR 238: Advanced Concepts in Gerontology (3)
NUR 239: Advanced Concepts in Adult Health (3)
NUR 246: Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology (3)
NUR 247: Foundations & Ethical Principles in Leadership & Consultation (2)
NUR 248: Advanced Pharmacology (3)
NUR 249: Clinical Nurse Specialist Role (2)
NUR 250A: Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum (3)
NUR 250B: Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum (3)
NUR 250C: Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum (3)

* Certificate requirements (courses and units) subject to change.