Clinical Nurse Specialist

Curriculum for Programme

Course Code Course Credit Course Name
NURS 6604 7 Specialization Theory Advanced Nursing Practice Students examine fundamental concepts, scientific bases and theoretical constructs of the selected clinical specialization and current issues related to advanced nursing practice.  They will develop the clinical skill, critical judgement and decision-making ability necessary for Advanced Nursing Practice based on sound ethical precepts.
NURS 6302 5 Specialization Seminar Advanced Nursing Practice Students are enabled to integrate theory and clinical practice, develop critical thinking skills and demonstrate clinical judgment in analyzing patient problems.  A forum for developing leadership and initiating change is also facilitated.  Students will reflect on and discuss their practice in terms of interviewing, assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention, documentation, evaluation, knowledge gaps, problems encountered, actual or potential resolutions.
NURS 6201 4 Research Methods Applied to Nursing Students are engaged in an examination of research designs emphasizing quantitative and qualitative research principles and methods, their application to nursing phenomena and the importance of research in advancing nursing practice.
NURS 6202 3 Nursing Research Project Students will refine the project proposal developed to address a specific nursing project in NE 62A,(Research Methods Applied to Nursing) collect and analyze data and write a project report.
NURS 6303 4 Theoretical Framework & Advanced Nursing Practice with Practicum This course has theoretical and clinical components, first engaging the student in an examination of selected theories (nursing, developmental, cognitive, social systems) and placing the nursing process in the context of selected theories.  Secondly, enabling the student to conduct and discuss the nursing process within this context, in terms of a comprehensive health assessment with documentation of subjective and objective data obtained from clients at various stages of the life cycle.
NURS 6605 3 Specialized Nursing Care of the Elderly
Year/Specialization: 1
Course Code Course Credit Course Name
NURS 6600 3 Mental & Physical Health Education and Health Promotion Students review concepts, principles and methods of health education and health promotion as these relate to physical and mental health.  Particular emphasis is placed on the Caribbean Charter for Health Promotion and its implications for nursing practice.

Qualifications for Admission


Qualifications for Admission:-

The MScN programme is offered to general or psychiatric trained nurses who hold registration/licensure in their current jurisdiction of practice; can verify first licensure/registration if it is different from that which is currently held, and is eligible for licensure/registration in any of the countries served by the UWI AND


1) Have a total of five (5) years post RN licensure/registration clinical practice as a registered nurse in an approved recognized agency, institution or organization where Primary, Secondary, Tertiary or Extended Health Care services are offered. Students requiring admission to Advanced Nursing Practice must have five (5) years current clinical practice. The time spent on any educational programme is not included in this five (5) year practice requirement. AND


2) Hold an undergraduate degree with normally not less than second class honors


3) Hold a graduate degree OR

4) Hold approved technical and/or professional qualification(s) awarded by an approved body and approved by this University and currently holds a middle level position OR

5) Have in the opinion of the University, other qualification(s) and experience of special relevance to the programme.

6) Registration/licensure as a Midwife is also required for certain programmes and will be considered in the evaluation of (3) and (4). Male nurses who do not hold Midwifery Registration or Licensure may present transcripts and certification of appropriate and comparable programmes.

Within the Regulations, every effort will be made to facilitate the individual student’s academic goals, professional and career expectations, and employment realities.

An applicant may be required to:

1) Sit an entrance examination and/or

2) Attend an interview and/or

3) Have a period of orientation appropriate to their programme of interest, BEFORE admission

An applicant will:

1) Have the relevant educational transcripts sent directly by the educational institution to the UWI

2) Complete a portfolio relevant to nursing education/practice/experience on the form(s) provided

3) Have two (2) referees complete and send their respective recommendation on the prescribed UWI form directly to the University of the West Indies

4) Provide any other documentation requested

5) Meet the deadlines stated for the submission of documents