MS in nursing: clinical nurse specialist

A pathway that prepares skilled nurses to function at a higher level of care in a wide range of health care settings where patients with adult/geriatric care needs are served.

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Degree Information

  • Application Deadline:
    March 1, 2014
  • Program Start:
    June - Summer
  • Locations Available:
    OKC, Lawton, Tulsa
  • Length of Program:
    Full-time - 2 years
    Part-time - 3 years or more
  • Credit Hours:
    40 semester hours
  • Degree Awarded:
    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Part-Time Study Available?
    Yes
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About the Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult/Gero Pathway

OU College of Nursing’s Master of Science (MSN) Adult/Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist program prepares skilled nurses to function at a higher level of care in a wide range of health care settings where patients with adult/geriatric care needs are served.

Clinical experts in the diagnoses, interventions and treatments of illnesses, CNSs work with other professionals to advance the nursing practice and improve outcomes in patient care, in addition to providing clinical expertise to influence system-wide changes in care.

Those who earn a master's degree as a clinical nurse specialist often:

  • Lead and collaborate in an interdisciplinary healthcare team
  • Assist and offer guidance to patients and their families as they navigate the complex healthcare delivery system
  • Serve as educators, consultants, evidence-based researchers, change agents and case managers, as well as clinical nurses

Graduates of this program can be found working in independent or collaborative practice, hospitals, outpatient, rehabilitation facilities, extended care situations hospice and home health care.

To learn more about career options available to graduates of the Master of Science in Clinical Nursing Specialist: Adult/Gero program, visit Explorehealthcareers.org or the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Post-Masters tracks are available. For additional information, please contact the MSN Student Program Coordinator.

Terminal Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be prepared to:

  • Synthesize theories from nursing and supporting sciences to guide practice and role development
  • Deliver a broad array of therapeutic nursing interventions to culturally diverse or at risk individuals and populations in a specialized area of clinical practice
  • Demonstrate expertise in a specialized area of clinical practice and/or initial competence in a specific functional role (Advanced practice nurse, educator, administrator)
  • Collaborate with other health care providers to improve nursing care and other health services
  • Influence health care policy as it relates to current and emerging health care needs in society and promote safe, ethical health care delivery
  • Contribute to nursing knowledge through planning, evaluating or conducting research and promoting research utilization
  • Demonstrate competency in oral and written communication
  • Demonstrate competency in resource and systems management
  • Demonstrate competency in information analysis and management consistent with role preparation
  • Demonstrate critical thinking as evidenced in intellectual attitudes and personal risk-taking and by consideration of complex issues with multiple alternatives for solution.