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Clinical nurse specialists in adult-gerontology care for adults and older adults in a variety of settings including acute care hospitals, adult health care facilities, home health agencies, nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities, long-term care facilities and primary care offices. Others work in research, administration/management, education, or become case managers or nurse consultants.
The 38-credit Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program is held online*. Required clinical hours are completed in an approved location where students reside.
An on-site residency is required for students enrolled in NSG500, Advanced Health Assessment, in order to demonstrate advanced physical assessment skills. In addition, students in the following clinical courses arerequired to complete an on-site residency. During residency, direct supervision and evaluation of the student will be completed by nurse practitioner faculty at their designated clinical practice sites. Each course syllabus dictates the terms of the specific course Residency.
NSG 506 – Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Clinical I
NSG 515 – Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Clinical II
Graduation from an approved baccalaureate program in nursing.
Licensure as a Registered Nurse.
One year of clinical experience prior to clinical practicum.
A GPA from the original program of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
An undergraduate statistics course.
An undergraduate research course.
Evidence of health assessment skills.
A statement of professional goals. These goals should relate to the goals of the graduate program in nursing at Wilkes.
Two letters of recommendation.
A student whose background is judged to be deficient in any area will be evaluated individually and a program plan which will remedy the deficiency will be developed. Courses to remedy such deficiency do not carry graduate credits.
Post-Graduate Certificate Program An Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist post-graduate certificate program is available for advanced practice nurses who have earned a master’s degree. Students seeking this certification will complete the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist curriculum. A review of official transcripts will determine a student’s course of study.
• Master’s or Doctoral degree with a major in nursing from a program approved by either The National League for Nursing (NLN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
• GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Current Registered nurse license.
• Two years of recent professional experience in nursing
• Personal interview
• Completed application for admission to graduate Studies, including academic transcripts
• Two letters of reference from health care professionals attesting to the candidate’s clinical expertise
• Statement of professional goals
Course of Study
Graduate Nursing Core (24 Credits)
NSG 500 Advanced Health Assessment
NSG 501 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science
NSG 502Advanced Nursing Research
NSG 504 Advanced Role Development in Nursing
NSG 505 Health Care Policy and Models of Care
NSG 530 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice
NSG 533Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing