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Post Master’s Certificate in Adult Gerontology for the CNS

ApplyThe post-master’s certificate for adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist serves those master prepared nurses educated in the Clinical Nurse Specialist role who require additional coursework to meet eligibility requirements to take the national certification examination as an adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist. Students will complete clinical practice hours in the advanced practice nurse role and be prepared to practice in three spheres of influence: patients and families, nurses and nursing practice, and organizations. The Adult-Gerontology CNS area prepares post-master’s RNs to provide advanced care to adults experiencing complex acute health problems. The post masters RN will use advanced diagnostic and assessment skills and interventions to manage and improve patient care. Graduates are prepared for the national certification examination as an adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist through a national certifying organization.

PMC AG for the CNS Curriculum | 16 credits

NR601Advanced Pharmacology3 credits
NR602Advanced Pathophysiology3 credits
NR 603Advanced Physical Assessment3 credits
NR616AGPMAdvanced Practice Nursing III4 credits
NR620AGPMCapstone3 credits

A maximum of 6 credits from previous study may be applied to earn the certificate.

Those with previous credits in Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Pathophysiology, and/or Advanced Physical Assessment must take NR600D ST: Care of the Older Adult Advanced Concepts & Application.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Post Masters CNS Adult-Gerontology graduate

  • Provides advanced care to adults experiencing complex acute health problems.
  • Uses advanced diagnostic and assessment skills and interventions to manage and improve patient care.
  • Considers all influences on a patient’s health status and the related psychosocial and behavioral problems arising from the patient’s altered physiological condition.

Admissions Requirements

  • A current, unencumbered United States RN license
  • Master of Science in Nursing earned degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist