MS in Nursing with Emphasis in Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist MS(N) program curriculum prepares nurses as expert clinicians to: as expert clinicians to provide direct patient care from wellness through acute care with a focus on complex and vulnerable adult and older adult populations. The Adult Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist student will also be prepared to influence care outcomes by acting as a resource and providing expert consultation for nursing staff and other health professionals by implementing evidence based practice initiatives to support improvements in health care delivery systems.

  • Manage clinical efforts across health care settings
  • Provide visionary leadership
  • Lead quality and safety initiatives 
  • Implement evidence-based practice 

Degree Requirements

The MS(N) AGCNS curriculum provides core master’s coursework in combination with Adult Gerontology Clinical specialty courses. Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist specialty courses focus on principles of leadership within healthcare organizations, management of human resources, health care financial management, and managing quality, safety and performance outcomes.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers certification as an Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist. Students who have completed a master’s degree in Nursing in the Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist emphasis area are eligible to sit for the exam.

Students must complete the core course required of the MS in Nursing in addition to coursework for the declared emphasis area. 

Core Courses
NURSE 7110Advanced Nursing Roles and Professional Communication3
NURSE 7160Scientific Foundations for Health Sciences4
NURSE 8170Public Health, Sociocultural Issues, and Health Policy3
NURSE 8910Translational Evidence-Based Nursing Practice3
NURSE 8990Practice Inquiry1
Emphasis Area Coursework
NURSE 7120Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology3
NURSE 7130Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics3
NURSE 7140Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion3.5
NURSE 8400Adult and Geriatric Primary Care I3.5
NURSE 8410Adult and Geriatric Primary Care II3.5
NURSE 8540Advanced Diagnostics and Reasoning I3.5
NURSE 8710Clinical Management of Acute and Critical Care Problems3.5
NURSE 8720Symptom Management in Acute and Chronic Illness3.5
NURSE 8920Quality, Safety, and Performance Outcomes3
NURSE 8980Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum2-3