Nursing Education and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult - Gerontology

With a growing shortage of nurses, estimated to reach 800,000 by the year 2020, the education of more nursing students plays a critical role in addressing this health care crisis. However, many nursing programs are unable to admit more qualified students due to a lack of available nursing instructors. Expertise in older adult care is also of urgency considering the aging patient population and rising costs of health care with emphasis on safe, high quality patient-centered care. The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist is the only advanced practice nurse trained specifically to lead and transform nursing practice, to optimize adult-older adult patients, nursing practice, and health care system level outcomes.

The McAuley School of Nursing at University of Detroit Mercy has a graduate track to prepare nurses for teaching and advanced practice nursing-a Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Education with a Clinical Nurse Specialty in Adult-Gerontology. The nursing program serves current and new master degree students, post-master's students, and post-baccalaureate students.

The graduate degree program is comprised of three components, totaling 50 credits:

  • Interdisciplinary core courses (6 credits)
  • Nursing core courses (9 credits)
  • Advanced practice courses (9 credits)
  • Nursing education courses (14 credits)
  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist courses (12 credits)

The program is currently available almost entirely in a convenient online format. Distance students can be accommodated even in the face-to-face courses. The program can be completed in two years full time or three years in part-time study. Additional 4 or 5 year plans are available. The Nursing Education core courses are also offered as a post-baccalaureate certificate option. The advanced practice Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist courses are also offered as a Post-Master's Certificate.Upon completion of the master's degree program, students will receive a Master of Science in Nursing degree, and will be eligible to sit for the examination for Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult-Gerontology certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. After completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the examination as a nurse educator from the National League for Nursing.

The McAuley School of Nursing master's program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Master of Science in Nursing / Nursing Education with a Clinical Nurse Specialty in Adult-Gerontology degree program achieves the following terminal objectives:

  1. Demonstrate own professional role practice consistent with the competencies of the unique specialty at the master's level.
  2. Translate theoretical and conceptual knowledge into advanced nursing practice actions that promote optimal health care quality and patient safety outcomes.
  3. Integrate informatics, health care technology, and interpersonal collaboration in the delivery of person-centered nursing practice for individuals and populations.
  4. Engage in systems leadership with a focus on preventive care, policy development, and patient advocacy.
  5. Integrate the Jesuit and Mercy traditions in providing culturally competent, compassionate, holistic, and person-centered care with a commitment to human dignity in the contemporary world.

For further information on the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist portion of the program please contact:

Dr. Mitzi Saunders, AGCNS Coordinator and Lead Faculty, 734-355-2792 or