University of Southern Indiana

Post Masters Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-CNS)

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist is an advanced clinician holding a master’s degree who functions as an expert clinician, leader, researcher, educator, and consultant that exerts influence in three spheres:  patient/family, nursing personnel, and organization system.  The AG-CNS graduate acquires knowledge and experience to provide services to individuals in an area of specialization across the lifespan in health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common acute and / or chronic illness.  The AG-CNS works in a variety of clinical settings including acute care hospitals, community agencies, long term care, home care, and physician offices.  There are a total of 545 clinical hours. 

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist graduate is prepared to:

  • Provide expert outcome-oriented nursing therapeutics for complex patients to promote health, well being, and quality of life.
  • Manage the integration and coordination of patient care services across the health care continuum. 
  • Design and implement patient and staff educational programs for promotion of positive health care outcomes.
  • Consult and collaborate with members of the health care team to support the delivery of quality patient care.
  • Utilize research methodology and evidence to investigate, promote, and evaluate nursing therapies that produce positive patient care outcomes.
  • Model responsibility for continued professional development, integrity, accountability, competence, and credentialing as a clinical nurse specialist.

Plan of Study Sample       About the Clinical Experience       On-Campus Visits Required

Curriculum Post Masters Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist  
Clinical Core Courses  
N617 Advanced Concepts of Pathophysiology 3 credit hours
N618 Advanced Health Assessment 3 credit hours
N622 Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
  Total Clinical Hours 9 credit hours
Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses  
N645 Advanced Nursing Assessment and Intervention I 5 credit hours
N646 Advanced Nursing Assessment and Intervention II 5 credit hours
N647 Advanced Nursing Assessment and Intervention III 5 credit hours
  Total Specialty Hours 15 credit hours

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