Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist | Kent State University

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, 100% 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 38 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.

Concentration Coordinator

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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