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Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Information and Outcomes

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-CNS) is an advanced clinician 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 78 credit hours in the specialty with 1,000 practice hours (500 direct clinical hours).

 The AG-CNS graduate is prepared to:

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

For more information regarding the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), click here. For more information on the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), click here.

Program Curriculum  - 78 Credit Hours

To earn the DNP degree, students must complete all courses with a grade of B or better. Visit the 2024-2025 Graduate Bulletin for a full course listing.