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UH Manoa Nursing is phasing out the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist specialty master’s degree. The last class began specialty coursework in August 2017 and the program will end with the graduation of this class.

Program Description

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS) Program prepares registered nurses for advanced practice focusing on care of young adults, adults, and older adults. Generally, the AGCNS practice is focused in a clinical area that may be identified in terms of a setting, diseases, or medical subspecialty (e.g., diabetes, oncology, critical care). Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) are expert clinicians that work in a wide variety of health care settings. In addition to providing advanced patient care, the CNS improves patient outcomes through research, education, consultation, and program management. The program meets the eligibility requirements of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) including completing 540 hours of clinical practicum and graduates are eligible to take ANCC certification examination. Students enrolled in this 42-credit program progress either part-time or full-time.

Curriculum Effective Fall 2015 (42 credits)

Year 1
Fall NURS 613 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice (3cr)
NURS 620 Research and Theory (3cr)
NURS 630 Introduction to Information Technology in Health Care (3cr)
Spring NURS 609 Health Policy (3cr)
NURS 612 Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (2cr)
NURS 612L Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning Lab (1cr)
NURS 662 Introduction to Leadership & Management of Health Organization (3cr)
Summer NURS 629 Pharmacology for Nurses in Advanced Practice (3cr)
NURS 747 Curriculum Development & Evaluation (3cr)
NURS 693 Advanced Practice Clinical for CNS (2cr-variable)
Year 2
Fall NUR 617 Human Responses to Acute and Chronic Illness A (3cr)
NURS 693 Advanced Practice Clinical for CNS (3cr)
Spring NURS 615  Clinical Skills and Critical Decision Making in Advanced Nursing Practice (1-6cr variable)
NURS 618 Human Responses to Acute and Chronic Illness B (3cr)
NURS 693 Advanced Practice Clinical for CNS (3cr)
Summer NURS 693 Advanced Practice Clinical for CNS (4cr)

*Additional credits if N615 is completed.

Curriculum Effective Fall 2017 (42 credits)

Year 1
Fall NURS 613 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice (3cr)
NURS 620 Nursing Research and Theory for Practice (3cr)
NURS 630 Introduction to Information Technology in Health Care (3cr)
Spring NURS 609 Introduction to Health Policy (3cr)
NURS 612 Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (2cr)
NURS 612L Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning Lab (1cr)
NURS 662 Introduction to Leadership and Management of Health Organization (3cr)
Summer NURS 629 Pharmacology for Nurses in Advanced Practice (3cr)
NURS 693 Advanced Practice Clinical for Clinical Nurse Specialists (2cr)**
Year 2
Fall NURS 617  Human Responses to Acute and Chronic Illness A (3cr)
NURS 774 Best Practices in Healthcare Patient Quality and Safety (3cr)
NURS 693 Advanced Practice Clinical for Clinical Nurse Specialists (3cr)**
Spring NURS 618 Human Responses to Acute and Chronic Illness B (3cr)
NURS 693 Advanced Practice Clinical for Clinical Nurse Specialists (3cr)**
Summer NURS 693 Advanced Practice Clinical for Clinical Nurse Specialists (4cr)**

**12 clinical credits (540 hours are required for graduation; 1 credit of NUR 693 = 45 clinical hours).

Contact

Picture of Claire M. Yoshida, MS, APRN-Rx, ACNS-BC, ACHPN
Claire M. Yoshida, MS, APRN-Rx, ACNS-BC, ACHPN
Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Specialty Program Coordinator

School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 221
Honolulu, HI 96822
Ph: 808-956-5297, Fax: 808-956-3257
Email: rawlinsc@hawaii.edu

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