Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), MSN
The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) prepares clinical nurse specialists with advanced competencies in nursing practice and strategies for improving the quality of patient care. The curriculum emphasizes the development of adult-gerontology nursing clinical expertise based on an in-depth understanding of nursing practice and theory.
Program Specific Admission Requirements
Applicants to the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) program must possess a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program; have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 or other evidence of ability to complete successfully a graduate program such as grades in other post-baccalaureate courses, scores from national graduate school entrance examinations, or a record of progressively higher work experiences; and be licensed as a registered nurse in the state of Pennsylvania.
The applicant should have a minimum of one year direct clinical nursing practice and have satisfactorily completed undergraduate or equivalent approved courses in basic physical assessment and statistics. The applicant must submit three professional references and a 300-word personal statement identifying career goals, demonstrating communication and writing skills. A personal interview with the program director or a faculty member to clarify goals and objectives is required.
Students may begin course work in either the fall or spring semester.
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The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) specialization program is offered as a 39-credit master’s degree for baccalaureate-prepared-nurses. Each student is required to complete a clinical practicum. Faculty will provide guidance for students in selection of a practitioner(s) who will serve as preceptor(s) for clinical practicums. The preceptor(s) must be a master’s prepared nurse or licensed physician. Each credit of clinical equals 125 clock hours per semester so that total clinical practicum time for the CNS program is 500 hours (note: practicum is taken over four semesters).
Graduates will be eligible for certification as an adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. In addition, graduates will be eligible to take the national certification examination for CNS in Adult-Gerontology from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.For additional information on the curriculum, please visit the Graduate Course Catalog.