Adult Health Nursing


Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator, or Nurse Executive Role 

Graduate preparation in Adult Health Nursing at SAGE prepares bacNursing Students From Thailandcalaureate prepared nurses for careers in varied advanced practice roles with responsibility for the design, delivery, management and evaluation of quality across a continuum of health care and nursing education settings.  The Adult Health Nursing Program prepares advanced practitioners for education, leadership, and advanced clinical practice roles within specialty areas of choice.  Graduates of the program are in advanced practice roles such as case managers, resource nurses, clinical leaders, educators, and administrators/executives in acute, chronic, ambulatory, and home care settings.  In addition, they have careers that include working within professional organizations, state and county health departments, nursing education, research, and consultation.  The emphasis in this program focuses on the development of expertise in a combination of direct care and indirect care roles utilizing evidence-based practice.

Adult Health Nursing Program:  The cognate and clinical courses in Adult Health Nursing prove a theoretical base for developing expertise in advanced practice roles with individual or client populations.  Students usually select an area of interest to develop expertise in their clinical practice and develop a scientific basis for critical thinking about needs of adults in the health care system.  Graduate students design their own clinical to build on own expertise and further develop career goals.  These courses provide opportunity to select clinical sites where the latest strategies for care delivery have been implemented.  Analysis of the current literature and research related to client and family responses to acute or chronic illnesses as well as the integration of nursing and other theories are integrated into a model for advanced practice.

Role Specialization:  Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator, Nurse Executive
In addition to the Adult Health nursing clinical focus that focuses on direct care, students also select an indirect care focus in one of the role specialization areas.  There are many opportunities for interesting positions in all these advanced practice roles.  There is a nationwide shortage of nurse educators at this time.  The shortage is predicted to grow rapidly in the next five years.  Similarly the nursing shortage has increased the demand for clinical nurse specialists to bring their expertise to clinical practice and increase the quality of nursing care delivery.  As a clinical nurse specialist, students are eligible to sit for the ANCC credentialing exam if they elect to include additional clinical hours in their program plan.

Through the selection of electives (3 to 9 credits) students build a clinical and theoretical basis to support their career development.  Courses within other clinical areas such as Family Processes, Group Processes, Epidemiology, Gerontology, Population Based Care, and Health, Healing and Self-Care are available.   Students may also select electives from the Clinical Specialist, Nurse Educator, or Nurse Executive role courses and complete the requirements for a Post-Master's Certificate.

Post-Master's Certificates are available in all role and clinical areas of the Master's Degree program.  In addition, students who complete the Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist can enroll in the Post-Master’s Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program.

Clinical Specialist, or Educator = 42 Credits (14 Courses), Administrator/Executive = 39 Credits (13 Courses)

Courses for all clinical tracks: (15 Credits)
* Courses that should be taken early in the program

*Nursing 558 - Paradigms and Perspectives of Advanced Practice Nursing
(3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs), Fall (F), Spring (S), & check course offering for Summer Session III (SS)

*Nursing 559 - Nursing in a Sociopolitical Environment
(3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs) F, S &
check course offering for SS III

Nursing 649 - Transforming Advanced Practice Roles
(3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs) F & SS
 III, Pre-requisites: Nsg 558, 559, and 1 year RN experience (2,000 hours).

Research Courses (6 Crs.) -- Recommended pre-requisites - Nsg 558, Nsg 559 & a clinical course.

Nursing 508 - Nursing Research Methods (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs) F & S.
Pre-requisites: Statistics, Nsg 558, Nsg 559

Nursing 611 - Research Seminar (3 crs. Theory) F & S, Pre-requisites: Nsg 508

Cognate Course (3 Credits)

*Biology 560 - Advanced Human Pathophysiology (3 crs.)  F & S, 
Note: BIO 560 not required for Administrator/Executive.

Supporting Courses (3 Credits)

Nsg 622 – Advanced Pharmacology in Acute & Chronic Care
(3 Crs. = Theory - 37.5 hrs) S only, Pre-requisite: Bio 560/Bio 553. 
Note: Nsg 622 not required for Administrator/Executive or Educator.

Clinical Courses (9 Credits):  Pre- or co-requisite -- NSG 558 or permission of instructor.

* Nursing 625 - Advanced Adult Nursing: Client Coping and Adaptive Strategies,
(3 crs. = Theory - 1.5 crs. - 19 hrs;
Clinical - 1.5 crs. - 60 hrs), F only.

Nursing 626 - Advanced Adult Nursing:  Care of the Acutely Ill Client
(3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs), S only, Pre/co-requisites: Bio 560/Bio 553, Nsg 558

Nursing 627 - Advanced Adult Nursing: Interventions Strategies for Clients
(3 crs. = Theory - 1.5 crs. - 19 hrs;
Clinical - 1.5 crs. - 60 hrs), S only. 

Choose One of the Following Sets of Functional Role Courses:

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Pre-requisites – BIO 560/BIO 553, NSG 558,559,625,626,627,or permission of instructor.

Nursing 619 - Diagnostic Health Assessment
(3 crs. = Theory - 1.5 crs. – 19.5 hrs; Clinical - 1.5 crs. – 40 hrs),
F only,
Pre-requisite: Bio 560/Bio 553 & 1 year RN experience (2,000 hours)
Successful completion of a Health Assessment Examination is required for entry into Nsg 619 (fee). Nsg 619 is required as pre-requisite for all subsequent nurse practitioner clinical courses.

Nursing 628 - Advanced Practice in Adult Health Nursing
(3 crs. = Theory - 1 cr. - 12.5 hrs; Clinical - 2 crs. - 80 hrs or 
200 hrs if taking the ANCC clinical specialist certification exam), F only, Pre-requisites: Nsg 625, 626, 627

Nursing 616 - Advanced Clinical Role Practicum
(3 crs. = Theory - 1 cr. - 12.5 hrs; Clinical - 2 crs. - 80 hrs or 200 hrs if taking ANCC clinical specialist certification exam), S only, Pre-requisites: Completion of 9 crs. in clinical nursing courses.

Electives: 3 credits Nursing.

Pre/co-requisites NSG 558 & 559 or permission of instructor.

**Nursing 652/PAD-HSA 558/HSA 565 - Clinical Delivery Systems:  Operations and Finance (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs).

Nursing 653/628 - Practicum I Clinical Delivery Systems
(3 crs. = Theory - 1 cr. - 12.5 hrs; Practicum - 2 crs. - 80 hrs or
200 hrs if taking ANCC clinical specialist certification exam), F only

Nursing 654/616 - Practicum II Clinical Delivery Sys
(3 crs. = Theory - 1 cr. - 12.5 hrs; Practicum - 2 crs. - 80 hrs or
200 hrs if taking ANCC clinical specialist certification exam), S only.

Electives (6 crs.): 3 credits Nursing, 3 credits may be in other field.

**Sage’s PAD/HSA 558 or HSA565 can be substituted for Nsg 652.  Computer skills needed (Excel background and ability to manipulate Excel in budgeting).

Pre/co-requisites -- Nsg 558 & 559, or permission of instructor.

Nursing 662 – Nurse Educator Role I:  Facilitating Learning
(3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs) F only

Nursing 663 – Nurse Educator Role II: Transformational Leadership
(3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs) S only, Pre-requisite: Nsg 662

Nursing 605 - Nursing Educator Practicum
(3 crs. = Theory - 1.5 crs. - 19 hrs; Practicum - 1.5 crs. - 60 hrs) F only,
Pre/co-requisites: Nsg 662, 663 

Electives (6 crs.) in Nursing