Frequently Asked Questions

Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program

Students who elect the Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program will develop, test, and practice the role of the clinical case manager and clinical nurse specialist with the adult/gerontology population.†Frequently asked questions and information about the†Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program are provided below.

What are the differences between the A/G CNS and NP roles?

The A/G CNS focus at WSU prepares a clinical nurse specialist in adult health. The FNP or A/G NP focus prepares NPs in primary care. Curriculum for both roles includes prescriptive authority. 

The A/G CNS focus prepares students to practice in three (3) spheres of influence:

  • the patient/client sphere (direct care) 
  • the nursing sphere (staff development and affecting patient outcomes indirectly by influencing/improving nursing practice) 
  • the system/organizational sphere (changing/ improving health care processes).

How many credits is the Graduate Certificate A/G CNS program?

Graduate Certificate A/G CNS plans of study are determined individually and depend on what type of masterís program the applicant has and what courses they completed during their masterís program. The graduate certificate applicantís masterís transcript and course descriptions are compared with the A/GCNS program requirements to determine the individualís plan of study.††

Do I need a separate course to use prescriptive authority as an A/G CNS?

For traditional A/G CNS students, 60 hours of prescribing clinical is included in NURS 625. Graduate Certificate A/G CNS students who completed an A/G CNS program that did not include prescribing may take prescribing clinical through NURS 629.†

How many hours are the clinical?

NURS 621 requires 180 clinical hours and NURS 625 requires 240 clinical hours.†

Do I need to reduce my work schedule to complete the required clinical hours?

It varies depending on the studentís work environment, study habits, preceptor availability and other factors. Students will need to negotiate clinical with their preceptors and can expect 1-2 days of clinical fall semester during NURS 621 and 2-3 days of clinical spring semester in NURS 625. Most preceptors work Mondays-Fridays.†

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