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Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist


The post-master's Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program at University of Detroit Mercy provides qualified nurses with the opportunity to gain specialty knowledge in adult-gerontology advanced practice nursing. Applicants’ transcripts will be reviewed to be sure that the requirements for national CNS certification are met through their previous courses and the courses provided through this post-master's certificate program.

Advanced clinical specialty courses prepare students for the role of clinical nurse specialist in adult-gerontology. The certificate program includes learning in the areas of advanced pathophysiology, advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and the role of the clinical nurse specialist. The clinical nurse specialist courses include a total of 500 hours of clinical practicum experience working with a clinical nurse specialist in a variety of settings.

Upon completion of the post-master’s certificate, the nurse will be eligible to sit for the examination for the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Programs are taught online in a flexible and student-centered format with course and faculty availability seven days a week. Students need not be a resident of Michigan to be in the program. Clinical sites and qualified preceptors are identified near the student's home to complete the required clinical components.

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    Admission Criteria

    1. A master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program.
    2. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
    3. An unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in the state where they are completing the program and clinical hours are completed.
    4. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
    5. One letter of professional recommendation from someone in a supervisory capacity.
    6. Professional CV or current resume.
    7. An autobiographical statement of personal goals and objectives.
    8. An interview with graduate faculty.

    Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate

    Year 1 - Fall Credits

    • NUR 5160 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)
    • HLH 5900 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)

    Year 1 - Winter Credits

    • NUR 5800 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses (3 credits)
    • NUR 5748 Adult-Gerontology CNS Role and Theory I (3 credits)
    • NUR 5749 Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum I (includes 200 practicum hours) (2 credits)

    Year 1 - Summer Credits

    • NUR 5751 Wellness Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice (includes 100 practicum hours) (2 credits)

    Year 2 - Fall Credits

    • NUR 5752 Adult-Gerontology CNS Role and Theory II (3 credits)
    • NUR 5753 Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum II (includes 200 practicum hours) (2 credits)

    Total: (21 credits)



    The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Master of Science in Nursing degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, and Post-graduate APRN Certificate at University of Detroit Mercy, McAuley School of Nursing are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW Suite 750, Washington, DC  20001.  Phone:  (202) 887-6791.

    Program Contact Information

    Ms. Suzanne Erwin
    HP 121
    McNichols Campus
    Telephone: 313-993-1828
    Fax: 313-993-1271

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