Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

The AGCNS post-baccalaureate DNP (BSN to DNP) program of study consists of 85 credit hours (including 3Ps – advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, and advanced pharmacology). The AGCNS plan of study is developed, implemented, and will be revised based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Competencies, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist DNP Competencies, and the AACN DNP Essentials. Students in this program will achieve the SON DNP program outcomes by building on the baccalaureate level adult gerontology nursing content and the student’s clinical experience. This program prepares an adult gerontology clinical nurse specialist at the graduate level who has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to engage in advanced assessments and provide care to the entire adult to older adult age group and across the continuum of care from wellness to acute care. In addition, this graduate will have knowledge regarding transitions between care settings and clinical experiences in a variety of settings. The primary teaching-learning practices used in this program are adult gerontology patient assessments, seminars, case studies/discussions, and acute, chronic, and long term care clinical practicums that focus on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of adult gerontology patients. Students will provide patient-centered, evidence-based care and design innovations to improve patient outcomes and quality of care.

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