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Nursing Master’s Degree: Clinical Nurse Specialist – Gerontology

Program Overview 

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration prepares advanced practice nurses to address health care needs of older adults. Opportunities for clinical nurse specialists in gerontology are forecasted to be in high demand from now up to year 2030. Students in the Clinical Nurse Specialist – Gerontology program are prepared to promote organizational effectiveness by supporting nursing and other healthcare disciplines in achieving patient centered outcomes.  This dynamic Nursing Master’s Degree program also prepares students to:
  • Care for older adult patients with a broad and complex range of health care needs.
  • Collaborate with nurses and a variety of other healthcare professionals and health agencies in order to render acute and long term restorative care and ongoing support to the oldest of clients.
  • Provide direct care, consultation, education, research, program planning and evaluation across a variety of settings and the continuum of care
The Clinical Nurse Specialist - Gerontology program prepares students for CNS practice with coursework and clinical experiences in the areas of advanced health assessment, health promotion, and role transition. Students pursuing a Master’s Degree In Nursing have the opportunity to apply and evaluate theory and research in advanced assessment, pathophysiological processes, evidence-based interventions for disease management, and principles of teaching across the continuum of older adult healthcare settings. Students work closely with faculty advisors to design an individualized program to meet the student's career objectives and schedule.  
  • Preparation for Adult Health certification  from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • 500 hours of supervised clinical practice
  • Mentoring and networking opportunities Full and part-time plans of study
  • Many online course offerings

Graduates of this Nursing Master’s Degree program are known for their leadership skills and high-quality clinical expertise. Graduates can assume positions in a variety of settings including:

  • Acute care
  • Community sites
  • Education
  • Rehabilitation and long term care

Completed admission application deadlines are as follows: June 1, 2012 for Fall Semester; Spring 2012 admission is now closed.


Program Brochure (pdf)


CNS Program video


Online Application


Program Director

  • Peggy Doheny, PhD, RN, CNS ( ) 1-330-672-8804 or 28804 on-campus dial for free


Plan of Study


Post-Master's Certificate