Adult/Gerontological Health Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate

Adult/Gerontological Health Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate

This Post-MSN certificate program of 10-12 credit hours is designed for those nurses with a Master's Degree in Nursing who want to complete the additional coursework required to sit for national certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Medical Surgical Nursing or Gerontological Nursing. The Post-MSN Adult/Gerontological Health Nursing CNS Certificate Program prepares nurses to assume advanced practice positions in a variety of complex health systems environments providing leadership in interdisciplinary care. Post MSN students who do not have a clinical master's degree will be assessed on an individual basis and may be required to take additional clinical coursework to achieve competencies required to be eligible to sit for certification.


Admission Requirements

  • Hold an MSN degree from a professionally accredited nursing program
  • Completion of prerequisite courses: Pathophysiological Concepts, Advanced Adult/Gerontological Assessment, and Advanced Clinical Pharmacology

Application Deadline

Applications to the Adult/Gerontological Health Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist (Post-MSN) Certificate program are accepted on a rolling basis.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

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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