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This post-professional certificate enables nurses with a previously earned MSN to complete only those courses and practicums required for eligibility to take the Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist certification exam. The program will educate students in the concept of gerontology and associated illnesses and conditions. Students will develop knowledge in the diagnosis of illnesses, and management of an illness. Students will learn to provide advanced nursing care to older adult patients. Graduates will understand and apply key concepts related to diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing management of older adult patients, as well as provide expertise and support to nurses caring for older adult patients in multiple settings, help drive practice changes throughout an organization, and ensure the use of best practices and evidence-based care to achieve the best possible patient outcomes. Additionally, the adult gerontology clinical nurse specialist is educated with skills and expertise to identify gaps in health care delivery and help assess, design, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve the overall process of health care for older adults. The 19-credit hour post-master’s certificate curriculum includes those courses required by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, both of which administer certification exams for the Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Prepares nurses with MSN to take the Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist certification exam
Full-time students complete the certificate in 18 months
Allows students to gain skills and expertise in care and support of older adult patients
This course explains the history of the specialty of geriatrics, the social impact, health maintenance goals and physical changes associated with aging. The role of interprofessional teams in meeting the needs of the aging population will be explored.
This course provides the graduate student with knowledge of core concepts that provide the foundation for Clinical Nurse Specialist practice.
This course provides the graduate student with knowledge necessary for developing Clinical Nurse Specialist practice and leadership skills. Pre- or corequisite: NURS 757.
Students entering the Certificate program in Post-Professional Certificate in Adult Gerontology CNS (Graduate Certificate) should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
A completed online application and application fee. Applications to the Post-Professional Certificate Program are due on or before June 1st and, are considered for Fall semester admission along with applications to the degree-seeking program
A graduate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution
Satisfactory completion (Grade B or better) of required core courses including:
Licensure as a registered nurse
Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work at regionally accredited institutions
Current scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum of 230 on the computer-based TOEFL or 80 on the TOEFL iBT are required if the applicant’s native language is not English
Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.
Pamela Bishop PhD, RN, CNS-BC
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