Provide specialized advanced practice nursing care to adult patient populations
The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) role. CNSs use theory and research to diagnose, treat, and manage patients and specialty populations from wellness to acute illness. The CNS improves outcomes by providing direct patient care, leading evidence-based practice, optimizing organizational systems, and advancing the practice of nursing.
As a CNS, you’ll provide clinical leadership by:
- Providing expert nursing care to complex patients in various healthcare settings
- Leading the transition of individual patient care across settings such as from hospital to home or rehabilitation facility
- Developing, implementing, and evaluating programs of care for groups of patients with similar care needs
- Developing and evaluating innovative cost-effective interventions to improve patient/clinical outcomes
- Leading multidisciplinary teams to coordinate healthcare services and to implement best practice models
- Mentoring nursing staff in solving patient care problems and delivering high quality, safe care
When you graduate, you’ll find potential employment opportunities in:
- Hospitals and acute care
- Rehabilitation care
- Long-term care
- Accountable care organizations
- Assisted living
- Community health agencies and clinics
- Corporate industry/occupational health
- Private practice settings
Courses are taught in online, distance-accessible formats. There are some required on-campus lab days, and all clinical hours must be completed within the state of Indiana due to supervision requirements.
The degree can be completed in a three-year, part-time plan of study, or—if space in the program allows—a two-year, full-time plan of study.