Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Master of Science specialty for Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS) prepares graduates to practice as an expert practitioner in a specialized area of nursing with expanded authority and autonomy. The AGCNS focuses on improving patient care and nursing practice and serves in a multitude of roles. AGCNSs can provide highly specialized, expert nursing care, serve as the clinical specialty expert for a particular unit or service line, or serve in other roles such as clinical coordination, case management, staff and patient education, or hold staff roles in nursing research. A CNS must obtain a master's or doctoral degree from a clinical nurse specialist accredited program and pass a national CNS certification examination. A CNS is licensed by the Boards of Nursing as an APRN. A CNS must practice in collaboration with a physician or podiatrist when providing direct patient care. Graduates in this specialty can be certified as an Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Joyce Karl
Director, Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Specialty Track

Message from the Director

As a former critical care clinical nurse specialist, I appreciate the important contributions that AGCNSs can make to the evidence-based, high quality care of individuals, families, groups, populations and in organizations. Their expertise in clinical care, evidence-based practice/quality improvement/research, education and staff development help them emerge as advanced practice nursing leaders in all settings.

Skills

Our AGCNS graduates enter the workforce with the skills and competencies to: 

  • Assume an advanced practice role
  • Put theory and research into practice with individuals and families 
  • Develop, implement and assess nursing strategies to assure quality of care
  • Utilize leadership skills for positive change in policies at the local, regional and national level
  • Adapt professionally to the constantly changing healthcare environment 
  • Contribute to the advancement of the profession

Specialty Curriculum

  • Nursing 7410 Advanced Health Assessment
  • Nursing 7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States
  • Nursing 7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing
  • Nursing 7378.01 Advanced Practice Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum I
  • Nursing 7378.02 Advanced Practice Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum II
Sample Full-Time Traditional MS Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States 5
N7483 Quality Improvement and Informatics 3
Total credit hours 11
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment 3
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing 4
N7500 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship 3
Total credit hours 11
   
Summer  
N7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
Total credit hours 3
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7378.01 Advanced Practice Adult Nursing Clinical Practicum I 10
Total credit hours 10
   
Spring  
N7378.02 Advanced Practice Adult CNS Clinical Practicum 10
Total credit hours 10
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
Sample Part-Time Traditional MS Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N7483 Quality Improvement and Informatics 3
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
N7500 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship 3
Total credit hours 5
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States 5
N7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
Total credit hours 8
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment 3
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing 4
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 3
 
Autumn  
N7378.01 Advanced Practice Adult Nursing Clinical Practicum I 10
Total credit hours 10
   
Spring  
N7378.02 Advanced Practice Adult CNS Clinical Practicum 10
Total credit hours 10
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
Sample Full-Time BSN to DNP Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
NP8402 Innovation and Leadership Development for the DNP Nurse 2
NP8403 Science of Practice Innovation 2
Total credit hours 4
   
Spring  
NP8490 Health Promotion in the Age of Personalized Health and Health Care 2
NP8782 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice 2
NP8890 Professional Seminar 1
N5115 MINDSTRONG: An Evidence-based Program to Reduce Stress and Promote Overall Well-being 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Summer  
NP8480 Quality Improvement for the Doctor of Nursing Practice 2
NP8610 Informatics for Leadership in Health and Health Care 2
NP8896 Practice Inquiry I 3
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States* 5
N8510 Ethics in Healthcare Practice, Research and Policy 2
NP8781 Methods and Measurement for Clinical Practice Scholarship 2
Total credit hours 9
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment* 3
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing* 4
NP8500 Nursing Policy for Doctoral Nursing Practice 2
Total credit hours 9
   
Year 3
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7378.01 Adult Clinical Specialist Practicum I* 10
Total credit hours 10
   
Spring  
N7378.02 Adult Clinical Specialist Practicum II* 10
Master’s Comprehensive Exam**  
Total credit hours 10
   
Summer  
NP8897 Practice Inquiry II 3
NP8193 Individual Studies 1
APRN Certification Exam  
Total credit hours 3-4
   
Year 4
 
Autumn  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Total credit hours 70
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
*Denotes master’s level coursework
**Denotes Graduate School requirements
Sample Part-Time BSN to DNP Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
NP8402 Innovation and Leadership Development for the DNP Nurse 2
NP8403 Science of Practice Innovation 2
NP8890 Professional Seminar 1
N5115 MINDSTRONG: An Evidence-based Program to Reduce Stress and Promote Overall Well-being 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8490 Health Promotion in the Age of Personalized Health and Health Care 2
NP8500 Nursing Policy For Doctoral Nursing Practice 2
NP8782 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice 2
Total credit hours 6
   
Summer  
NP8480 Quality Improvement for the Doctor of Nursing Practice 2
NP8610 Informatics for Leadership in Health and Health Care 2
NP8896 Practice Inquiry I 3
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States* 5
N8510 Ethics in Healthcare Practice, Research and Policy 2
Total credit hours 7
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment* 3
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing* 4
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 3
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7378.01 Adult Clinical Specialist Practicum I* 10
Total credit hours 10
   
Spring  
N7378.02 Adult Clinical Specialist Practicum II* 10
Master’s Comprehensive Exam**  
Total credit hours 10
   
Summer  
APRN Certification Exam  
Total credit hours 0
   
Year 4
 
Autumn  
NP8781 Methods and Measurement for Clinical Practice Scholarship 2
Total credit hours 2
   
Spring  
NP8193 Individual Studies 1
NP8897 Practice Inquiry II 3
Total credit hours 3-4
   
Year 5
 
Autumn  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Total credit hours 70
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
*Denotes master’s level coursework
**Denotes Graduate School requirements

FAQs

Nicole Baltich
Nicole Baltich, graduate

“The Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program facilitated my growth to a clinical expert in the critical care department. As a CNS, I have the opportunity to pioneer ways to impact patient outcomes in the acute phase of their hospitalization.”