2017-2018 Graduate Catalog


Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

The Clinical Nurse Specialist Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares graduates as expert clinicians in a specialized are of population nursing practice (adult-gerontology or pediatric) with preparation for medical diagnosis and treatment of disease, injury, and disability, including prescribing medications and treatments.  The Clinical Nurse Specialist influences care outcomes by providing expert consultation for nursing staffs and implementing improvements in health care delivery systems with a particular expertise in evidence-based practice, safety, and quality.

Graduates will be eligible for national certification through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) (Adult/Gerontology; Pediatric), the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation (Adult/Gerontology; Pediatric).

Requirements

The BSN-to-DNP Clinical Nurse Specialist Program requires a total of 65 semester hours of coursework for completion.  The curriculum comprises 58 hours didactic coursework, and 7 hours of clinical practicum and 1020 clinical hours (570 direct care/480 hours indirect care).

Required Coursework

NURS 50003Advanced Pathophysiology

3

NURS 50013Advanced Health Assessment

3

NURS 50022Advanced Practice Roles

2

NURS 50053Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics

3

NURS 60443Financial Concepts in Health Care

3

NCNS 60412Advanced Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations

2

or

NCNS 60712Advanced Care of Pediatric Populations

2

NCNS 60482Advanced Practice Nursing Practicum

2

or

NCNS 60492Advanced Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations Practicum

2

NCNS 60512The CNS and Professional Practice

2

NCNS 60582The CNS and Professional Practice Practicum

2

NCNS 60612The CNS and Systems Leadership

2

NCNS 60682The CNS and Systems Leadership Practicum

2

NCNS 60713Diagnostic Reasoning and Advanced Patient Management of the Adult-Gerontology Patient

3

or

NCNS 60723Diagnostic Reasoning and Advanced Patient Management of the Pediatric patient

3

NCNS 60783Diagnostic Reasoning and Advanced Patient Management of the Adult-Gerontology Patient Practicum

3

or

NCNS 60793Diagnostic Reasoning and Advanced Patient Management of the Pediatric Patient Practicum

3

NAPN 84201Prescribing for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

1

NAPN 84222Diagnostic Methods and Procedures for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

2

NDNP 81113Complexity and Innovation in Healthcare

3

NDNP 81123Biostatistics for the Advanced Health Practitioner

3

NDNP 81233Decision Science and Informatics

3

NDNP 81243Translational Research

3

NDNP 81353Health Care Policy and Politics

3

NDNP 81363Emerging Sciences for Advanced Practice

3

NDNP 82181Advanced Practicum I

1

NDNP 82282Advanced Practicum II

2

NDNP 88082Advanced Project

2

A minimum of four hours each of NDNP 82181, 88282 and 88082 is required to complete the degree program. Students may enroll in additional hours, as needed to complete the requirements for the project.

A student must complete the BSN to DNP degree within six academic years from the semester they first began coursework. Extension of time must be applied for in writing to the Division Director of Graduate Nursing, who will then make a recommendation to the Associate Dean for Nursing. The letter should explain why the degree was not completed within the time limit and should present a schedule for completing the program. Additional courses may be assigned to students who do not complete the degree within the time limit.

Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in accordance with provisions described under "Academic Warning." All grades are included in the computation of the GPA, but no more than one grade of "C" or lower may be utilized in satisfying degree requirements. Students who achieve a GPA of less than 3.0 in any semester or term will be placed on academic warning. Students can be removed from that status by achieving a 3.0 cumulative average by the end of the next six hours of enrollment. If a student should fail to do so, further enrollment will be granted only by the special recommendation of the Division Director of Graduate Nursing and with permission of the Associate Dean for Nursing.

An "I" (incomplete) grade is recorded when the student and instructor have determined that the work required for a course cannot be completed within the term of enrollment due to circumstances beyond the student's control. Under no circumstances will a grade of "I" be given to avoid earning an "F" for the course.

The "I" grade must be removed within the first 60 days of the regular semester immediately following or it is changed to an "F." Any extension of this time must have written approval of the instructor and the Associate Dean for Nursing.

Until the "I" grade is removed, progression in the program will be at the discretion of the Division Director of Graduate Nursing.

The practicum and project must be completed within two academic years.

Grade Point Average

Two GPAs are maintained by TCU:

A semester average based on courses taken at TCU during a particular term; and a cumulative average based on all work attempted at TCU.

A student's GPA is computed by dividing the number of grade points (grade points earned per semester hour for the successful completion of academic work) by the number of hours (total credit hours attempted at TCU, excluding those attempted on a pass/no-credit basis).