Spring 2021 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog 
    Dec 01, 2022  
Spring 2021 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Post-M.S.N. Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate

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Program Overview

The Post-M.S.N. Certification programs are designed to prepare the student to assume the role of  Clinical Nurse Specialist. The program is designed for working professionals. Classes are held one to two nights per week and some Saturdays. Clinical Nurse Specialist options are available in the following areas:

  • Adult/Gerontology Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Family/Individual Health

Program Learning Outcomes

Candidates who complete the Post-M.S.N. Certification programs will be able to:

  • Inquire Faithfully: The student will demonstrate knowledge, skill and behavior of the evidence-based practice of nursing which integrates growth in reasoning, analysis, decision-making and the application of theory with the goal of advocating for others and/or self. This includes holistic nursing skills and the nursing process.
  • Care Faithfully: The student will embrace a calling to the ministry of compassionate care for all people in response to God’s grace, which aims to foster optimal health and bring comfort in suffering and death.
  • Communicate Faithfully: The student will actively engage in the dynamic interactive process that is intrapersonal and interpersonal with the goal of advocating for others and/or self. This includes effective, culturally appropriate communication which conveys information, thoughts, actions and feelings through the use of verbal and nonverbal skills.
  • Follow Faithfully: The student will integrate the ordinary work* by complying with and adhering to regulatory and professional standards (e.g., ANA Code of Ethics, The California Board of Registered Nursing, Scope of Nursing Practice, SON Handbook). This includes taking responsibility, being accountable for all actions and treating others with respect and dignity.
  • Lead Faithfully: The student will incorporate a foundational relationship with Christ and others and embrace a willingness to serve others in the midst of life circumstances (e.g., illness, injustice, poverty). The student will role-model the need for “Sabbath Rest” as a means for personal renewal, and true care of self, so that service to others is optimally achieved. The student will incorporate the characteristics of a servant leader including: humility, courage, forgiveness, discernment.

*Defined as claiming the challenge from Florence Nightingale that nursing is a “divine imposed duty of ordinary work.”

Program Eligibility for the Post-M.S.N. Certification

  • M.S.N. degree from a National League for Nursing (NLN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or regionally accredited program (i.e., WASC);
  • Current California licensure as a registered nurse;
  • At least one year of continuous full-time nursing experience in a United States healthcare facility within the previous five years; current employment strongly recommended;
  • Official transcripts - B.S.N. and M.S.N. All foreign transcripts must have a course by course evaluation by World Education Services or another member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services that includes a degree equivalency and GPA;
  • A completed university application;
  • Two personal letters of recommendation;
  • A completed School of Nursing graduate program application;
  • Two professional recommendations;
  • A personal essay of 250 words demonstrating graduate level writing skills and the importance of graduate study to the applicant;
  • An interview with the graduate nursing selection committee;
  • Basic computer literacy which includes knowledge of Explorer, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and the ability to perform an internet database search.

English Language Requirements

A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to the Graduate School of Nursing. Applicants, including international applicants, permanent residents, immigrants and transfer students who are not citizens of the United States on the date of admission and whose native language is other than English, must meet this requirement. A test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is the measure of competency. The test must have been taken within the past two years. The following scores must be met:

  • 550 for the paper-based test
  • 80 for the internet based test with a minimum section requirement score of 20 in reading, listening, speaking, and writing.

Only the following countries are exempt from proof of English proficiency: Australia, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

Other Provisions

To satisfy the requirements of the university’s clinical agencies, upon acceptance into the program students are required to provide copies of the following documentation:

  • Current California licensure as a registered nurse;
  • Current Healthcare Provider CPR certificate from the American Heart Association;
  • Completed School of Nursing Health Form Packet with officially documented proof of immunizations;
  • Current TB screening upon admission into the program (2 step process);
  • Current HIPAA certificate;
  • Infection Control Module; and
  • Background check and drug screening (failure to pass this may result in an inability to complete the program)

Per agreement with the San Diego Nursing Service Education consortium and affiliated hospitals, a background check and drug screening is required prior to the student’s first clinical experience. If a red flag occurs from either the background check or drug screening, this may result in immediate dismissal from the program.

Completion Requirements

In order to earn and receive a Post-M.S.N. Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate, a student must satisfy all of the following:

  1. Successful completion of all required program courses.
  2. A cumulative grade-point average of 3.000 or higher. A minimum grade of B- is required to progress in the program. Students needing to repeat more than two courses may not progress in the program and may be dismissed; and
  3. Payment in full of all tuition, fees, and other financial obligations owed to the university.
  4. All requirements for the program must be completed within an eight-year period from the time of initial enrollment in the program.

Core Courses for Post Master’s Clinical Nurse Specialist Students

These courses will assist the student in preparing for various aspects involved in the role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) based on the spheres of influence and clinical specialty. An overview of advanced practice roles and their implementation and utilization in health care systems will be explored. The investigation of issues and trends related to quality, legislation, policy, and reimbursement as they affect advanced nursing practice will be emphasized.

The CNS Role practicum hours will alow the student to apply and master the role of the CNS within a variety of specialty-specific clinical settings. A foundation of 500 clinical hours are aquired.

Total Required Clinical Hours (500)

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