MS Curriculum: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

This program of study lists the courses that you will be required to complete to meet graduation requirements.

Year One Fall Semester Credits
NURS 565 Nurse as Educator 3
NURS 612 Family Nursing Theory 3
NURS 621 Clinical Pathophysiology 3
NURS 607 Advanced Health Assessment 3
  TOTAL 12 cr
Year One Spring Semester Credits
NURS 610 Nursing Theory 3
NURS 616 Advanced Nursing Research 3
NURS 640 Pharmacology 3
NURS 650 CNS Adult Gerontology Competencies: Patient 4
NURS 706 CNS Clin Proj^^ 1
  TOTAL 14 cr
Year One Summer Semester Credits
NURS 613 Innovation in Information, Quality, and safety 3
NURS 700 Thesis *** (Optional) 1-3
  TOTAL 4-6 cr
Year Two Fall Semester Credits
NURS 626 Leadership for APN 3
NURS 670 CNS Adult Gerontology Competencies: Nursing 4
NURS 707 CNS Clin Proj^^ 1
Graduate Elective (500+ or higher)+, ++, +++, ^^ 3
NURS 655 OR Curriculum and Program Dev ++ OR 3
NURS 665 OR Educational Eval ++ OR 3
NURS 700 Thesis *** 1-3
  TOTAL 11 cr
Year Two Spring Semester Credits
NURS 675 CNS Adult Gerontology Competencies: Organization 5
NURS 708 CNS Clin Proj ^^ 1
Graduate Elective OR Graduate Elective OR 3
NURS 655 OR Curriculum and Program Dev ++ OR 3
NURS 665 OR Educational Eval ++ OR 3
NURS 700 Thesis *** 1-3
  TOTAL 9 CR
TOTAL CREDITS MS CNS = 49 credits 49 (CNS)

** Required for thesis option (Prerequisite NURS 616 or equivalent)
++ Required for Education Minor (Prerequisite NURS 565)
*** Thesis Option requires 6 credits in NURS 700 plus Grad stats
^^   NURS 706, 707, & 708 CNS Project may replace one elective

PREREQUISITES:

NURS 640 requires NURS 621
NURS 655/NURS 665 requires NURS 565

PRE/COREQUISITES:

NURS 607 requires NURS 621
NURS 650 requires NURS 621; NURS 640, NURS 607
NURS 670 requires NURS 607, NURS 621, NURS 640
NURS 675 requires NURS 607, NURS 621, NURS 640

Application Deadline
MS Program
Fall Semester: June 1
Margaret Wells, PhD, RN, APN- BC
Margaret Wells, PhD, RN, APN- BC
Director of Master's Program
Ibrahim Thabet

After becoming an RN with an associate’s degree, Ibrahim Thabet said, “I felt that my journey was not complete. I decided to continue my education at Upstate Medical University because of the school's rich tradition of prestige.

I could not have imagined an easier transition.” Ibrahim achieved his goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner by earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Nursing.

—Ibrahim Thabet, FNP (2010)