Adult/Gerontological Health Nursing - Clinical Nurse Specialist

The focus of the Clinical Nurse Specialist option is to prepare graduates to provide and manage advanced nursing care of individuals and groups with complex health problems.  Students selecting the CNS option may specialize in adult health or gerontological health nursing.  Students selecting areas in adult health nursing are eligible to sit for certification as a Medical/Surgical CNS, and may be eligible for certification as an advanced practice nurse in other areas as appropriate.  Students whose clinical focus and target population is gerontological are eligible to sit for certification as a Gerontological CNS. 


Admission Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor's degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing program
  • 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale for all college coursework
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 300 word essay describing professional goals
  • Interview prior to beginning the program
  • Current State of Ohio license to practice nursing
  • Prerequisite courses: Undergraduate Statistics, Nursing Research, Basic Health Assessment, Computer Skills, Graduate-level Statistics
  • One year experience in acute care of adults

Application Deadline

Applications to MSN in Adult/Gerontological Health Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist are accepted on a rolling basis.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

Not all departments offer graduate assistantships. Students should inquire with the department directly to determine assistantship availability.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.


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