Post-Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Specialist with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology Certificate

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.

GCU Nursing Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master‛s degree in nursing at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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