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Program Overview

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration is designed to prepare registered nurses to assume an advanced practice role as a clinical nurse specialist. This graduate assumes a professional leadership role to inform nursing practice, education, and health care delivery systems in the design and implementation of strategies to improve organizational, educational, and individual client, student, and nurse provider outcomes. Advanced practice clinical expertise is reflected in the application of innovative evidence-based practice interventions and the development of collaborative relationships in order to address the health care needs of a diverse population. Graduates of the program will be eligible for certification as a Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Program Outcomes

The Master of Science in Nursing (of which the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration is a part) degree prepares graduates for roles that reflect current, emerging and expanding roles of nurses as providers and educators. The curriculum for these advanced practice roles is designed in the context of related challenges, needs and increasing complexities within the systems of health care delivery, higher education, and professional nursing.

Career Outlook

With advanced preparation as clinical experts and educators, they are highly sought after in academic settings for clinical faculty positions and in staff development. Graduates of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult-Gerontology concentration qualifies students to sit for the AGCNS-BC certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the AACNS-AG certification offered by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). Students will select the certification exam best suited to their career goals. Students who successfully pass either certification exam will be awarded Board Certification as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.



  • EPI 840Clinical Epidemiology for Healthcare Practice3 Credits
  • NUR 902Scientific Foundations for the Advanced Practice Nurse3 Credits
  • NUR 903Healthcare Informatics3 Credits
  • NUR 904Health Policy and Advocacy3 Credits
  • NUR 905Patient Safety, Quality Improvement and Quality Management in Healthcare3 Credits
  • NUR 906Leadership in Complex Health Systems3 Credits
  • NUR 907Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practiced Registered Nurse3 Credits
  • NUR 908Advanced Physical Assessment for the Advanced Practiced Registered Nurse3 Credits
  • NUR 909Advanced Pharmacology for the Advanced Practiced Registered Nurse3 Credits
  • NUR 931Wellness Promotion for Diverse Populations 3 Credits
  • NUR 932Clinical Decision Making & Management of Acute Chronic Complex Conditions 6 Credits
  • NUR 933CNS Advanced Practice Role Development I 6 Credits
  • NUR 934CNS Advanced Practice Role Development II 6 Credits
  • NUR 935CNS Advanced Practice Role Development III 6 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Completed coursework

    A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for total credits completed during the second-half of the four-year baccalaureate nursing program. Completed a three (3) credit undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a grade of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or better within the last five years.

  4. A license/certificate required

    Current unrestricted R.N. license without probationary status in the applicant’s state or country. For those applicants practicing in Michigan, a current Registered Nurse Michigan license is required. Applicants who hold Registered Nurse licensure from other states or countries and who are in the Nurse Practitioner concentration may be admitted provisionally with the requirement that a United States and Michigan Registered Nurse license must be obtained prior to progression to clinical courses.

  5. Previous work experience

    Curriculum Vita

  6. A written personal statement

    Submitted a written essay that addresses the applicant’s career goals and motivations for graduate study in the selected area of specialty nursing practice: adult-gerontology, clinical nurse specialist.

  7. 3 letters of recommendation

    Submitted three letters of recommendations. The reference letters must be from a source that has direct knowledge of the applicant’s work and educational experience specifying the applicant’s ability to do graduate work. Completed an admission interview with the College of Nursing faculty.

  8. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete a university graduate application (program code: 4016)
  2. 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.
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Key Dates

Fall 2021

Application Deadline

April 1, 2021

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $43,551
  • Total


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