SAN MARCOS, Calif., Oct. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) School of Nursing recently received a grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to create a new Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) track within the Clinical Nurse Specialist specialization, as well as a post-MSN certificate in Transitions of Care Management. The grant is part of over $149 million HRSA awarded to grow and expand healthcare professions.
Thanks to the grant, the Post-MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Transition of Care (TOC) program is the only one of its kind in San Diego County and will be offered at CSUSM starting with the spring 2017 semester. Application deadline is early January. The program will be limited to 10 students initially.
The TOC program includes a specialty emphasis in Transitions of Care Management for CNS students as well as the Post-MSN Certificate in Transitions of Care Management for CNS students.
The new Transitions of Care Management programs will include a 3-unit course on Transitions of Care Management with a concurrent field study (4 units) and 8 units of externship for a total of 540 hours of clinical experience. The first clinical course will focus on providing transitional care in the acute care facilities and community. The externship will focus on providing care in either the acute care setting or in the community clinics. The certificate will also include the Underserved Health course and the Interprofessional Education seminar.
The Affordable Care Act of 2010 identified transitional care is an important aspect in achieving health reform. Care transitions, when a patient moves from one health care provider or setting to another, need to be carefully handled by nurses in management roles with this expertise. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), nearly one in five Medicare patients discharged from a hospital – approximately 2.6 million seniors – are readmitted within 30 days, at a cost of over $26 billion every year.
"This is a relevant program providing tools to advanced practice nurses that will directly benefit the institutions they work for while reducing healthcare costs," said Mike Schroder, Dean of Extended Learning at CSUSM. "More importantly, it will improve quality of patient care across the care continuum. The curriculum will prepare the students to work collaboratively with other professions, understand the social determinants of health and demonstrate the clinical skills important to caring for patients with multiple chronic conditions for the benefit of underserved populations. CSUSM has the opportunity to capitalize on being the only university in the area to offer advanced education in this emerging field."
The Post-MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist, Transition of Care course module is designed for working professionals and can be completed on a part-time basis. Courses will be offered in a hybrid format, including both online and face-to-face instruction, at the San Marcos campus. The program also offers a preceptorship at the institution where students are employed, either in San Diego or Riverside counties.
Visit http://www.csusm.edu/el/degreeprograms/msn/concentrations.html for more information.
About CSUSM Extended Learning
As the academic outreach arm of Cal State San Marcos, Extended Learning is a leading provider of professional and continuing education in North San Diego and Southwest Riverside Counties. Offering degree programs, such as a master's degree in public health, as well as both academic credit and noncredit professional enrichment courses, Extended Learning helps individuals and organizations achieve their educational and training goals. For more information about Extended Learning at CSUSM please visit http://www.csusm.edu/el/.
Contact: Laura Segall
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