Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
The Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) concentration prepares students to care for patients, from young adulthood through old age to death. You will develop advanced clinical nurse specialist competencies in direct care, consultation, leadership, collaboration, coaching, research, and ethical decision-making and advocacy, for care across the continuum of health and illness.
As an AGCNS student, we offer you:
- A flexible curriculum with many online courses and full- and part-time options
- Fall and spring semester start dates
- Faculty mentorship and advising from nationally certified clinical nurse specialists, as well as active researchers with decades of experience
The AGCNS concentration at the master's level is a minimum of 36 credit hours, and can be completed in as little as two (2) years, or if part-time, in three to three-and-one-half-years (3 - 3.5).
Graduates of the Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration possess educational requirements to apply for one of the certifications listed below. You should consult with the CNS Concentration Director to determine which certification you will apply for early in your program.
- Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist from the American Nurses Credentialing Center
- Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist® from the Oncology Nursing Society
- Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult/Gerontology® from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
This advanced nursing practice (APRN) concentration is also offered at the doctoral level. Kent State's DNP program is offered at both the post-baccalaureate and post-master's levels. Learn More about the DNP
Interim Concentration Director
- Tina Saunders, MSN, RN, CNE, GCNS-BC, Interim Concentration Director
- Kathleen Adamle, PhD, CNS, AOCN
- Ann Jacobson, PhD, CNS, AGCNS-BC, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
- Yvonne Smith, PhD, MSN, RN, CNS
- Cindy Wilk, MSN, CNS, RN, CCRN
At Kent State College of Nursing, post-master's nursing certificate programs are available to individuals who hold a Master's Degree in nursing. View information, requirements, and employment information for the Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist post-master's certificate