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Program Overview

The post-graduate certificate is designed for certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who want to extend their scope of practice to provide broader care for patients outside their original area of practice that they studied previously in graduate school. Through five courses, the program prepares professionals to work as Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialists and provide care for adults across the lifespan and possess the knowledge required to effectively educate others. The courses are fully online with clinicals arranged where you live.

Program Outcomes

Students who complete the post-graduate certificate will be eligible to sit for certification as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Career Impact

Students will be prepared to earn certification as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist. The program gives Advanced Practice Registered Nurses knowledge and skills to advance the quality of care by leading practice change innovations, integrating evidence-based practice guidelines, and collaborating across disciplines to improve patient outcomes and achieve sustainable healthcare outcomes. 



  • NUR 931Wellness Promotion for Diverse Populations 3 Credits
  • NUR 932Clinical Decision Making and Management of Acute Chronic Complex Conditions 6 Credits
  • NUR 933Clinical Nurse Specialist Advanced Practice Role Development I 6 Credits
  • NUR 934Clinical Nurse Specialist Advanced Practice Role Development II6 Credits
  • NUR 935Clinical Nurse Specialist Advanced Practice Role Development III6 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A master's degree

    Hold a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university.

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. A license/certificate required

    Possess a current unrestricted license to practice nursing as a registered nurse in the applicant's state or country and specialty certification. Possess current certification from a U.S. National Certifying Board as an NP, CNS, CRNA or CNM.

  4. Previous work experience

    Curriculum Vitae or Résumé

  5. A written personal statement

    Submit a written essay that addresses the applicant’s career goals and motivations for additional graduate study in the selected area of specialty nursing practice; nurse practitioner, or adult-gerontology clinical nurse.

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

    The reference letters must be from a source that has direct knowledge of the applicant’s work and educational experience.

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Submit a university application and a curriculum vitae or resume.
  2. Complete an admission interview with the college of Nursing faculty. Recommendations for admission are made by the faculty committee to the Dean of the College based on the requirements for admission and the personal interview.
  3. If the applicant’s native language is not English, the applicant must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum average score of 550, no subscore below 52 on the paper-based test (PBT). If the applicant completes the Internet-based test (iBT), no subscore below 19 for reading, listening, and speaking; no writing subscore below 22 and a minimum average score of 80. Applicants should have all test scores sent from the testing agency directly to the Michigan State University Office of Admissions.
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Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $21,215
  • Total

Out of State Tuition

  • $21,215
  • Total


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