DNP in Nursing with Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Students who pursue the Clinical Nurse Specialist area of study will be prepared as expert clinicians in a specialized area of nursing practice (Adult-Gerontology). In addition to providing direct patient care, Clinical Nurse Specialists influence care outcomes by providing expert consultation for nursing staff and by implementing evidence based practice initiatives to support improvements in health care delivery systems.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
NURSE 7087Leadership and Technology Institute1
NURSE 7010Biostatistical Foundations for Health Researchers3
NURSE 7100Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing3
NURSE 7120Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology3
NURSE 7150Research Basis for Advanced Nursing3
NURSE 7130Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics3
NURSE 7110Advanced Nursing Roles and Professional Communication3
NURSE 8300Public Health and Sociocultural Issues3
NURSE 7140Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion3.5
NURSE 8310Health Disparities of Rural and Other Underserved Populations3
NURSE 8100Principles of Epidemiology3
NURSE 8710Clinical Management of Acute and Critical Care Problems3.5-5
NURSE 8720Symptom Management in Acute and Chronic Illness3-5
NURSE 8910Translational Evidence-Based Nursing Practice3
NURSE 9080DNP Residency Project (x 3)1-3
NURSE 8540Advanced Diagnostics and Reasoning I3.5-5
NURSE 8940Nursing and Health Policy3
NURSE 9070DNP Clinical Residency (x 2)1-5
NURSE 8400Adult and Geriatric Primary Care I3.5-5
NURSE 8920Quality, Safety, and Performance Outcomes3
NURSE 8410Adult and Geriatric Primary Care II3.5-5
NURSE 8930Health Program Design and Management3
NURSE 9087Leadership and Transformational Role Institute2
Electives - choose from the following:
NURSE 8010Family Dynamics and Intervention3
NURSE 8854Teaching Strategies in Nursing and Healthcare3
NURSE 8864Curriculum Development in Nursing3
NURSE 8820Health Care Financial Management4

For more information on Area of Study Information please see the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist page.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
NURSE 71203NURSE 71403.5NURSE 7087 (one-week, on-campus seminar)1
NURSE 71103NURSE 71503NURSE 70103
NURSE 71003NURSE 71303 
 9 9.5 4
Second Year
NURSE 81003NURSE 83103 
NURSE 83003NURSE 8720 (90 clinical hours)*3.5 
NURSE 8710 (90 clinical hours)*3.5NURSE 89103 
 9.5 9.5  
Third Year
NURSE 8400 (90 clinical hours)*3.5NURSE 8410 (90 clinical hours)*3.5NURSE 9080 (section 1, clinical hours)1
NURSE 8920 (60 clinical hours)*3NURSE 89303 
Elective#3NURSE 8540 (90 clinical hours)*3.5 
 9.5 10 1
Fourth Year
NURSE 89403NURSE 9070 (150-300 clinical hours)*2.5-5NURSE 9080 (section 2, 60 clinical hours)1
NURSE 9070 (180 clinical hours)*3NURSE 9080 (section 3, 60 clinical hours)1 
 NURSE 90872 
 6 5.5-8 1
Total Credits: 74.5-77

   Total Clinical Hours: 1110-1260***

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Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the DNP in Nursing and the minimum requirements of the Graduate School.  Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program's graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process.  Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the degree program to which you’ve applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

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