Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist with Nurse Education Concentration
The program is designed to prepare Advanced Practice Nurses for the role of Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) and develop their expertise as nurse educators. This program is delivered in a completely online format with internship experiences completed close to home.
This unique specialty program prepares graduate nurses who are clinical experts skilled in providing care for adults across the lifespan and possess the knowledge required to effectively educate others. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be ready to assume leadership roles in healthcare settings as advanced direct care provider, consultant, leader, collaborator, and educator. Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialists advance the quality of care by leading practice change innovations, integrating evidence-based practice guidelines, and collaborating with members of the healthcare team to improve patient outcomes.
Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialists who have advanced preparation as clinical experts and educators are highly sought after in academic settings for clinical faculty positions and in staff development.
Graduates of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult-Gerontology concentration qualifies students to sit for the AGCNS-BC certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the AACNS-AG certification offered by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). Students will select the certification exam best suited to their career goals. Students who successfully pass either certification exam will be awarded Board Certification as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Applicants must also meet any additional eligibility criteria in effect when they apply for certification. The report from the national specialty certifying agency, American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) indicates that 2015 MSU graduates who took the 2015 AG-CNS specialty certification exam had a combined first-time examination pass rate of 100%. The report from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) indicates that two of the three 2015 MSU graduates who took certification exam for ACCNS-AG passed, demonstrating a 66% first time pass rate.
The master's program at Michigan State University College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.