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Post Master’s Certificate in Adult Gerontology for the CNS

ApplyThe post-master’s certificate for adult-gerontology (13 years – 80 +) 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

NR601 Advanced Pharmacology 3 credits
NR602 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 credits
NR 603 Advanced Physical Assessment 3 credits
NR616AGPM Advanced Practice Nursing III 4 credits
NR620AGPM Capstone 3 credits

A maximum of 9 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

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Synthesize existing nursing theoretical and social frameworks that may serve as a basis for professional nursing practice to support the adult gerontology population from acute care to health promotion and wellness.
  2. Influence organizational structure in relation to functions and outcomes.
  3. Demonstrate leadership through effective decision making that stimulates change, quality improvement, and safe practice.
  4. Measure outcomes utilizing evidence-based research that supports advance practice nursing in the health care delivery system.
  5. Generate innovative nursing interventions and practice in varied health care settings.
  6. Maximize the potential of technologies in the provision of advanced practice interventions that enhance communication, coordination, and integration of care.
  7. Act on an analysis of the social, economic, political and cultural forces influencing advocacy within the health care delivery system.
  8. Function independently and collaboratively with other inter-professional teams in the health care system.
  9. Participate in the culture of lifelong learning and professional growth.

Admissions Requirements

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