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DNP Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and Advanced Public Health Nursing Options

Applicants with a BSN or MSN degree may apply for any of the DNP options listed below.

  • Adult-Gerontology
    The Adult-Gerontology CNS program focuses on nursing leadership, consultation and participation in multidisciplinary clinical programs for adults and older adults in a variety of settings. Graduates are qualified to sit for the adult-gerontology CNS certification exam.
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care
    This program prepares the graduate to function as change agent, collaborator, clinical leader, educator, case manager and patient advocate in adult critical care and acute care settings.
  • Neonatal
    The Neonatal CNS integrates care of the neonate across the continuum of care and through three spheres of influence: direct patient/client care, nurses & nursing practice, and systems and organizations.
  • Pediatric
    The Pediatric CNS program prepares graduates to provide leadership and patient/case management in the care of children with acute and chronic conditions in a variety of settings. 

Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN)
The Advanced Public Health Nursing student develops skills in assessing, planning and evaluating nursing interventions for individuals, families and aggregates/populations. There is strong emphasis on health promotion, primary prevention, and program management.

*We regret we are unable to offer enrollment to RN applicants from the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, and Massachusetts for the DNP Clinical Nurse Specialist or Advanced Public Health Nurse options at this time.

Current advanced practice MSN students: Please contact your advisor for your specific program of study.


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