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School of Nursing  :  Academic Programs   :  Doctor of Nursing Practice  :  Post-Bachelor's DNP  :  Adult/Ger. Clinical Nurse Specialist

Post-Bachelor's Doctor of Nursing Practice

Adult/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist
Advanced Practice Major

The DNP – Adult/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist curriculum focuses on the knowledge and skills required to educate advanced practice nurses to provide patient-centered, quality care to a culturally diverse population of adults, in a variety of settings. Interdisciplinary coordination, patient education, quality improvement and project development activities are emphasized. Nurses are educated for practice that is evidence-based, collaborative, and reflective of an understanding of current health care delivery, as well as, economic, ethical, and professional issues.

Upon completion, graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examinations and to apply for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license.

Clinical practice sites are generally located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, but may extend across the state of Kansas and other communities where students are located. Clinical hours in the CNS courses are arranged with the course coordinator at the beginning of each semester.. Please review the preceptor process for more information.

The Adult/Gerontological CNS curriculum requires 75 credit hours of coursework. The majority of required courses are available online, although the entire program is not fully available in a distance education format. Attendance on campus at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City is required for the following courses: NRSG 810, NRSG 862, NRSG 863, NRSG 865 and NRSG 866.

Summary of Course Requirements

Common Core


Credit Hrs.

NRSG 748

Theories for Practice and Research: Individual, Family, Community


NRSG 754

Health Care Research


NRSG 755

Health Care Professionalism: Issues and Roles


Advanced Practice Core

NRSG 806

Advanced Physiology


NRSG 731

Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacodynamics


NRSG 809

Health Promotion


NRSG 810

Advanced Health Assessment


NRSG 812

Advanced Pathophysiology


NRSG 813

Applied Drug Therapy


Adult/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist Specialty Core

NRSG 862/863

Adult/Gerontological Health Care I & Practicum

3 & 2

NRSG 865/866

Adult/Gerontological Health Care II & Practicum

3 & 4

NRSG 868

Adult/Gerontological Health Care III: CNS Preceptorship


DNP  Core


NRSG 808

Social Context for Health care Policy


NRSG 804

Interpreting Research for Applied Science


NRSG 941

Preparing the Doctoral Leader


PRVM 800

Principles of Epidemiology




NRSG 980

Capstone Project for DNP


DNP Specialty Area: Adult/Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist


Student selects 15 credits of DNP specialty courses, in nursing or other related disciplines

15 total

Total Credits Required for DNP degree


Sample Plans of Study: Full timePDF document (image) ------ Or ------ Part timePDF document (image)

Questions? Contact Us!

The University of Kansas School of Nursing
Office of Student Affairs
Mail Stop 2029
3901 Rainbow Blvd. 
Kansas City, KS 66160

toll-free: 1-888-588-1619
TTY 711

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