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 healthcare delivery systems.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
NURSE 7087Leadership and Technology Institute1
NURSE 7010Biostatistical Foundations for Health Researchers3
NURSE 7110Advanced Nursing Roles and Professional Communication3
NURSE 7120Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology3
NURSE 7130Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics3
NURSE 7140Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion3.5
NURSE 7160Scientific Foundations for Health Sciences4
NURSE 8089Transition to APRN Practice1
NURSE 8100Principles of Epidemiology3
NURSE 8170Public Health, Sociocultural Issues, and Health Policy3
NURSE 8310Health Disparities of Rural and Other Underserved Populations3
NURSE 8400Adult and Geriatric Primary Care I3.5-5
NURSE 8410Adult and Geriatric Primary Care II3.5-5
NURSE 8540Advanced Diagnostics and Reasoning I3.5-5
NURSE 8545Advanced Diagnostics and Reasoning II3.5-5
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 8920Quality, Safety, and Performance Outcomes3
NURSE 8930Health Program Design and Management3
NURSE 9070DNP Clinical Residency1-5
NURSE 9080DNP Residency Project (3 credits required)1-3
NURSE 9087Leadership and Transformational Role Institute2
Electives if needed to complete 72 credits; choose from the following:
NURSE 8010Family Dynamics and Intervention3
NURSE 8820Health Care Financial Management4
NURSE 8854Teaching Strategies in Nursing and Healthcare3
NURSE 8864Curriculum Development in Nursing3
NURSE 8874Evaluation Strategies in Nursing and Healthcare3


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 have applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

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