Post-Master's Certificate - Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

This post-master's certificate program prepares the nurse who already has a graduate degree in nursing to become an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and to practice in three spheres of influence: patient/family, nurse/nursing and organizational /institutional.  

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  • Program Highlights
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Curricular Plan
  • Admission Requirements
  • Faculty
  • The Master of Science in Nursing degree requires 42 credit hours of course work.
  • Doctorally prepared expert faculty.
  • Clinical experiences with expert, certified Clinical Nurse Specialists in a wide variety of clinical settings.

The program develops 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 (AGCNS).

The post-master’s certificate curriculum is individually designed based on the course work documented on the transcript of the student’s master’s degree. The number of credits required for the completion of the certificate will vary.

The courses listed are required in the post-master’s curriculum plan unless these courses, or their acceptable equivalent, are documented on the master’s transcript. A minimum of 12 credits is required for the post-master’s certificate. 

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


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

  • Applicants for a post master’s certificate program must have earned a graduate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program.
  • The required minimum graduate level GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale is required. For graduates of foreign nursing schools, a formal evaluation of their nursing program of study documenting equivalency to a U.S. Bachelor of Science and master’s degrees in nursing degree must be submitted.
  • Unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice in the United States. A Wisconsin or eNLC license is required at the time of admission.
  • Clinical experience requirements: For the adult older adult acute clinical nurse specialization: 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.
  • A written statement of professional goals, including reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges or universities - must reflect undergraduate courses in health assessment, nursing research and statistics (including inferential analysis).
  • (For international applicants only) a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

Information regarding Graduate School tuition/fees and financial assistance is located on the Graduate School website.

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

Annette Garcia DNP, ANP-BC, AGCNS-BC