Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

The distance-accessible adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist track prepares you to serve as an advanced practice nurse. As an adult-gerontology CNS, you will be a clinical expert in nursing. Your practice focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of illness and the promotion of wellness. You use theory and research to guide and improve nursing care and to make important and unique contributions to health care.

This distance-accessible track allows you to attend class without traveling to the Indianapolis campus; however, it is not a completely online program. You will join the classroom in real time using videoconferencing technology. Clinical hours must be completed in Indiana.

As a graduate of this program, you are eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult-Gerontology CNS upon completion of your degree. Additionally, as an advanced practice nurse, you qualify to apply for prescriptive authority from the Indiana Licensure Board.

42 credit hours
525 clinical hours

MSN Core Courses (22 Credit Hours)

  • N502 Nursing Theory I (3 cr)
  • N504 Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)
  • R500 Nursing Research Methods I (3 cr)
  • R505 Measurement & Data Analysis (3 cr)
  • Y515 Advanced Pathophysiology Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Y612 Advanced Pharmacology Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment Lifespan (4 cr)

AGCNS Track Courses (20 Credit Hours)

  • M570 CNS I: Scientific Basis of Practice (4 cr)
  • M580 CNS II: Symptom Management (5 cr)
  • M590 CNS III: System-Level Leadership (5 cr)
  • Y512 Advanced Concepts in Gerontology (3 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)

Review the course descriptions.

Curriculum Delivery

  • Courses follow a traditional 15-week semester format; summer courses run across both summer sessions for 12 weeks.
  • MSN Core Courses (22 credits) are primarily taught online, with the potential for some synchronous class sessions. Synchronous sessions are generally able to be attended either in-person or via videoconferencing technology. Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment includes five on-site lab days that must be attended in-person.
  • AGCNS Courses (20 credits) are primarily distance-accessible courses that offer the option of attending class in-person or from a distance via videoconferencing technology. Most courses meet one time per week. There may occassionally be a class session that requires in-person attendance.
  • Please see the AGCNS Track Guide for more details on course formats and sample plans of study.

Admission Timeline

  • Admission into the AGCNS track is offered one time per year for the fall semester.
  • The priority application deadline for Fall 2019 admission is January 15th, 2019.
  • Applications will continue to be accepted after the priority application deadline if space remains in the track.
  • Admissions notifications are sent out via email in mid-March.
  • You can find detailed application instructions by clicking the Apply Now button at right.

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