Adult/Gerontological Health Nursing - Clinical Nurse Specialist

The focus of the Clinical Nurse Specialist option is to prepare graduates to provide and manage advanced nursing care of individuals and groups with complex health problems.  Students selecting the CNS option may specialize in adult health or gerontological health nursing.  Students selecting areas in adult health nursing are eligible to sit for certification as a Medical/Surgical CNS, and may be eligible for certification as an advanced practice nurse in other areas as appropriate.  Students whose clinical focus and target population is gerontological are eligible to sit for certification as a Gerontological CNS. 

Admission Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor's degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing program
  • 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale for all college coursework
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 300 word essay describing professional goals
  • Interview prior to beginning the program
  • Current State of Ohio license to practice nursing
  • Prerequisite courses: Undergraduate Statistics, Nursing Research, Basic Health Assessment, Computer Skills, Graduate-level Statistics
  • One year experience in acute care of adults

Application Deadline

Applications to MSN in Adult/Gerontological Health Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist are accepted on a rolling basis.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.

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