Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Post-Master's Certificate

The School of Nursing offers a Post-Master’s Certificate in CNS Parent-Child or Adult-Gerontology for nurses with master’s degrees in nursing. Included in the APRN course of study are advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, health promotion, and management of complex care for children and families or for the adult population, from young adult to older adult, including the frail elderly, in various clinical and community settings. The Certificate Program consists of a total of 31 units.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Completion of a master’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution and Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly NLNAC/National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited nursing program or the equivalent as determined by the School of Nursing Affairs Committee.
  2. Overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a four-point scale) in units attempted, or demonstrated academic ability as required by the faculty, following the appeal process.
  3. Registered nurse licensure in the United States, unencumbered, unrestricted, with no disciplinary action pending or imposed.
  4. Minimum of two years clinical professional nursing experience with the specialty population (pediatric or neonatal experience for the Parent-Child; adult or geriatric experience for the Adult-Gerontology).
  5. Health clearance (immunity, etc.) is required prior to enrolling in a role performance course.