The Clinical Nurse Specialist track prepares advanced specialists in Adult Health. Clinical Nurse Specialists are expert clinicians that practice in a wide variety of health care settings. In addition to providing direct patient care, CNSs influence care outcomes by providing expert consultation for nursing staffs and by implementing improvements in health care delivery systems. CNS practice integrates nursing practice with medical diagnosis and treatment of disease, injury and disability.
For more information about the role of the CNS see http://www.nacns.org/AboutNACNS/FAQs/tabid/109/Default.aspx
Upon completion of the CNS curriculum the graduate is prepared to apply for national certification in Adult Health through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and for recognition by the Texas Board of Nursing as an Advanced Practice RN with limited prescriptive authority. See http://www.nursecredentialing.org/NurseSpecialties/AdultHealthCNS.aspx and http://www.bne.state.tx.us/
Curriculum and Coursework
To fulfill the requirements for this degree program, the student must complete the following coursework:
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