Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

MSN Specialty Track 1a

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Full and part-time study options
Required MSN core courses * are included in the schedule below.

Please note:
Effective for students entering fall semester 2012, the College’s two former specialty tracks in Adult Health/Acute Care and Geriatric Nursing will merge into one Adult-Gerontology Nursing specialty. This follows the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Consensus Model: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education — which establishes national standards for uniform regulation of APRNs in all states.

The Consensus Model mandates that adult-care MSN programs incorporate gerontological training. This reflects rapid growth in U.S. senior population and allows enhanced/expanded clinical practice across the entire adult spectrum from adolescent to elder.

UNMC offers three options within this specialty:
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (see below)


MSN Specialty Adult Gerontology CNS  
VARIOUS * Graduate Statistics 3
NRSG 602 * Nursing Scholarship 4
NRSG 603 * Leadership in Nursing 3
NRSG 604 * Health Systems Innovation & Improvement 3
NRSG 605 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses I 3
NRSG 606 Applied Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3
NRSG 607 Advanced Assessment Across the Life Span 3
NRSG 609 * Health Promotion for Populations 3
NRSG 615 Adult-Gerontology Across the Life Span III: Transitional Care of Adults with Chronic Health Problems 2
NRSG 616 Adult-Gerontology Comprehensive Assessment, Health Promotion and Risk Management 1
NRSG 617 Adult-Gerontology Across the Lifespan I: Common Adult Health Problems 1
NRSG 618 Adult-Gerontology Across the Lifespan II: Acute and Episodic Adult Health Problems 2
NRSG 621 Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist I 3
NRSG 625 Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist II 3
NRSG 629 Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist III 5
NRSG 632 Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Comprehensive Assessment Practicum 3
NRSG 633 Adult-Gerontology Across the Life Span IV: Adult-Geriatric Syndromes 2
  TOTAL — Adult-Gerontology CNS 47

* Required course — MSN core curriculum

 Full and part-time study options

  • We offer flexible study options to fit the busy lives of RNs.
  • For this specialty: full-time study is typically 6 semesters/3 years with two summer courses; a common part-time path is 8 semesters/4 years.
  • You may take up to 5 years to complete your MSN.
  • Ask a graduate student services representative or faculty advisor for guidance in planning a full or part-time schedule that fits your goals, work schedule and family responsibilities.

CNS credentialing

Graduates are eligible to take the Clinical Nurse Specialist certification exam in this specialty.  


If you have questions, please call or email a student services representative.