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. Our students learn clinical nurse specialist competencies for care across the continuum of health and illness.

Students develop advanced nursing competencies in direct care, consultation, leadership, collaboration, coaching, research, and ethical decision-making and advocacy.


Nursing graduates of the Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration possess educational requirements to apply for one of the certifications listed below. Students consult with the CNS Concentration Director to determine which certification they will apply for early in their program.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

This advanced nursing practice (APRN) concentration is also offered at the doctoral level. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, the terminal practice degree in nursing, is recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing because "the changing demands in healthcare require the highest level of practice experience to assure quality patient outcomes. "

Kent State's DNP program is offered at both the post-baccalaureate and post-master's levels. 

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Interim Concentration Director

Tina SaundersTina Saunders
Associate Lecturer

Post-Master's Certificate

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