Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Advance your clinical skills and influence beyond patient care

Prepares students for practice in three spheres of influence: patient/family, nurse/nursing and organizational/institutional. Includes knowledge of health promotion, advanced physical assessment, evidence-based practice, systems, quality and safety. Graduates are academically eligible to take the national certification examination for adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist.

Program highlights

  • Personalized plans of study for working students
  • Doctorally prepared expert faculty
  • Clinical experiences with expert, certified clinical nurse specialists in a wide variety of clinical settings

 

Which degree is right for me? 

Post-Master's Certificate MSN

Credits: 12-30


MSN required


Rolling admission

Credits: 42


BSN required


Rolling admission 

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These programs are generally completed on a part-time basis (3-6 credits per term) while students are working. Personalized plans of study are created collaboratively by each student and their adviser in order to create a manageable and flexible schedule. 

Post-Master's Certificate - 30 Credits

Post-Master's certificates may require 12-30 credits, depending on academic background. 

Specialty Courses – 21 Credits

NURS 6240   Complex Health Problems / or NURS 6340 Complex Acute Health Problems

NURS 6242   Concepts and Interventions for Health Problems Across the Lifespan

NURS 6244   Health Promotion Across the Lifespan

NURS 6258   Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Clinical 1

NURS 6259   Adult-Gerontology 2 Clinical Nurse Specialist Clinical 2

6 credits of HEAL or NURS electives

 

Foundation Courses – 9 Credits

NURS 6030   Pathophysiological Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice

NURS 6032   Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

NURS 6035   Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

MSN - 42 Credits

Specialty Courses – 21 Credits

NURS 6240   Complex Health Problems / or NURS 6340 Complex Acute Health Problems

NURS 6242   Concepts and Interventions for health Problems Across the Lifespan

NURS 6244   Health Promotion Across the Lifespan

NURS 6258   Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Clinical 1

NURS 6259   Adult-Gerontology 2 Clinical Nurse Specialist Clinical 2

6 credits of HEAL or NURS electives

 

Core Courses – 12 Credits

NURS 6000   Theoretical Foundations of Nursing

NURS 6007   Ethics, Policy, and Health Care Advocacy

NURS 6009   Organizational and Systems Leadership

NURS 6010   Research & Evidence as a Foundation for Nursing

 

Foundation Courses – 9 Credits

NURS 6030   Pathophysiological Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice

NURS 6032   Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

NURS 6035   Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

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  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges or universities - must reflect undergraduate courses in health assessment, nursing research and statistics (including inferential analysis).
  • Three completed recommendation letters prepared by previous or present employers and teachers familiar with graduate education in nursing. (Post-master's certificate requires only one completed recommendation.)
  • A resume and written statement of professional goals, including reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  • GRE scores (general test only). Waived if undergraduate (or if applicant has already earned bachelor's or master's degree) GPA is 3.200 or above. Use DI Code 0093 for submitting GRE scores.
  • International applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • All applicants must be registered in the United States as a professional nurse. Graduates of nursing schools in foreign countries must successfully complete the certification program administered by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and must be licensed in Wisconsin.
  • Applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program should have graduated with, or be about to graduate with, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program with an upper division major in nursing.
  • The required minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale is required for the M.S.N. For graduates of foreign nursing schools, a formal evaluation of their nursing program of study documenting equivalency to a U.S. Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree must be submitted.
  • Prior to or during the first term of study, all Master of Science in Nursing applicants must have taken undergraduate nursing research and a statistics course which included inferential analysis (must be completed within 5 years of program start date). If the time period of 5 years has been exceeded for the statistics course, it may be possible for applicants to demonstrate proficiency by examination through an approved testing source (list of approved examinations available from the College of Nursing). Applicants who select an advanced practice nursing specialization must have taken an undergraduate course in health assessment.
  • Unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice in the United States. A Wisconsin or eNLC license is required at the time of admission.
  • Experience working as registered nurse is required prior to beginning any clinical courses.
  • BCLS from the American Heart Association, which must be maintained during all programs.

Christine Shaw, PhD, ANP-BC, FNP-BC (Option Coordinator)

Annette Garcia, DNP, ANP-BC, AGCNS-BC

For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships), visit the departmental financial aid webpage. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.

Tuition information for the Master of Science in Nursing — Second Degree Direct Entry for Non-Nurses program can be found in the Graduate Bulletin, as it differs from other graduate programs.

 

Graduate Program Recruiter

Lizzie Kerrick- email Lizzie 

 

Program Advisor

Taylor Pamperin, M.Ed.- email Taylor