GCU is now enrolling students interested in earning this degree. Classes begin in May 2014.
The Post-Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Specialist with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology Certificate program prepares experienced registered nurse holding an MSN for the advanced roles of clinician, researcher, learner/educator/coach, leader, community advocate, manager of systems, collaborator, and consultant as described by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist‛s Adult-Gerontology Competencies.
This Adult-Gerontology Certificate program prepares the nurse with advanced clinical and organizational decision-making skills based on critical thinking, evidence-based research, and diagnostic reasoning. The adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist (CNS-AG) synthesizes elements of caring into the nurse-client relationship for adults, elders, and the frail elderly within practice based on advocacy, as well as ethical, social, legal, political, and historical perspectives.
A culminating practicum experience is a part of this post-master certificate program. The advanced practice role includes a clinical component that applies theory to practice in all three spheres of CNS-AG influence (patients, nursing, organizations). This clinical practice affords students the opportunity to refine their clinical decision making and to develop their CNS-AG roles of clinical expert, leader, collaborator, consultant, educator, researcher, and change agent. In addition, students explore how their professional attributes, ethical conduct, and professional citizenship are integrated into CNS-AG practice to affect outcomes within the spheres.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, and post-graduate APRN certificates at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation).
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.