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Specialty Coursework

Note: Students enrolling in one of the CNS specialties will need to first complete the MSN core courses before they may begin the CNS specialty course requirements listed below. Nurses who already have an MSN from APU or another institution may enroll in a Post-Master’s Credential program to obtain their CNS specialty.

Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Course Requirements

The Adult CNS Specialty includes 11 clinical units equalling 500 clinical hours. Note: Units shown in parentheses are theory units/clinical units.

Advanced Practice Specialty Courses12 units
GNRS 520
Theory and Practice in Adult Nursing
6 (2/4)
- and -
GNRS 521
Clinical Specialization in Nursing Care of Adults
6 (2/4)
- or -
GNRS 530
Theory and Practice in Parent-Child Nursing
6 (2/4)
- and -
GNRS 531
Clinical Specialization in Parent-Child Nursing
6 (2/4)
Specialization Option Courses4 units
Students take both of the following:
GNRS 540
Care Management
2 (2/0)
GNRS 541
Clinical Practicum in Care Management
2 (0/2)
Or choose one of the following:
GNRS 593
Psychosocial Primary Health Care of the Mature and Aging Family
4 (2/2)
GNRS 589
Adolescent Health Care
2–4
Total: MSN + Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)39-41 units

Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Course Requirements

The Parent-Child CNS Specialty includes 11 clinical units equalling 500 clinical hours. Note: Units shown in parentheses are theory units/clinical units.

Advanced Practice Specialty Courses12 units
GNRS 520
Theory and Practice in Adult Nursing
6 (2/4)
- and -
GNRS 521
Clinical Specialization in Nursing Care of Adults
6 (2/4)
- or -
GNRS 530
Theory and Practice in Parent-Child Nursing
6 (2/4)
- and -
GNRS 531
Clinical Specialization in Parent-Child Nursing
6 (2/4)
Specialization Option Courses4 units
Students take both of the following:
GNRS 540
Care Management
2 (2/0)
GNRS 541
Clinical Practicum in Care Management
2 (0/2)
Or choose one of the following:
GNRS 593
Psychosocial Primary Health Care of the Mature and Aging Family
4 (2/2)
GNRS 589
Adolescent Health Care
2–4
Total: MSN + Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)39-41 units

Combined Programs

The School of Nursing also offers these unique CNS combined programs for students who also want a Nurse Practitioner specialty:

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.