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).

Courtney Shihabuddin
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.

Available Degree Programs

This specialty can be completed on campus through the following programs:

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 Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum
  • Nursing 7378.02 Adult-Gerontology 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
NRSPRCT 8500 Nursing Policy for Doctoral Nursing Practice 2
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship 3
Total credit hours 11
   
Summer  
NRSPRCT 8490 Health Promotion, Theory, and Population Health 2
Total credit hours 2
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7378.01 Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum I 10
Total credit hours 10
   
Spring  
N7378.02 Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum II 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-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum I* 10
Total credit hours 10
   
Spring  
N7378.02 Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse 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

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.”