May 30, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [FINAL EDITION]

Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Option, MSN

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The master’s program in adult-gerontology CNS focuses on preparing graduates as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) for the clinical nurse specialist role. The program of study provides a broad foundation in health promotion/disease prevention, concepts of illness care, and clinical decision making grounded in evidence-based practices. The focus is on caring for late adolescents, adults, and senior adults in wellness through acute care settings, including emergency and critical care environments. Graduates are prepared for leadership in improving patient care outcomes and the quality of health care.


Advanced Practice Core Courses (9 Credits)

Advanced Practice CNS Courses (15 Credits)

Total Credits: 40

This 40-credit program is available at the Main Campus and the Harrisburg Campus.

A minimum of 500 hours of faculty supervised AP clinical hours is required. The program can be completed in 18–24 months of full-time study or at the student’s pace for part-time study within the five-year time limit post matriculation. Graduates are prepared to sit for the ANCC adult-gerontology CNS certification examination and/or the AACN adult-gerontology acute care CNS certification examination. A post-master’s certificate is also available (see section titled “Post-Master’s Certificates ”).

The program of study that appears here applies to students who were admitted for the summer session of this catalog year and later.  Students admitted prior to that term should select the appropriate catalog year of their admission.  Choose previous catalogs from the Home, Graduate, or Undergraduate Catalog Page at

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