Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult-Gerontology (NE/AGCNS)

Nursing Education and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult-Gerontology (NE/AGCNS)

The master of science in Nursing with the major in Nursing Education and Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialty prepares graduates for the nurse educator and clinical nurse specialist (CNS) role. Courses provide theory to support the teaching and learning environment specifically focused on didactic and clinical instruction. Advanced clinical specialty courses prepare students for the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult-Gerontology. 

The MSN degree with the Nursing Education major requires 50 credit hours with 500 clinical hours (Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist) and 120 teaching practicum hours. During the teaching practicum, students will work with master teachers to become fully immersed in the role and responsibilities of a faculty member. Students are urged to contact the specific board of nursing in the state in which they anticipate teaching and practicing in order to ensure their compliance with the education, practice and certification requirements.

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.

A Note to Online Students

It is the responsibility of all applicants applying for admission in an online graduate nursing program to confirm if the program meets specific licensure requirements in the applicant’s state of residence. Applicants may contact the applicable licensing board.

For Program-Specific Information

For more information on the Nursing Education portion of the program, please contact Dr. Carmen Stokes, Nurse Educator/CNS Master's Coordinator, at 313-993-2481or

For more information on the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist portion of the program, please contact Dr. Mitzi Saunders, AGCNS Coordinator and Lead Faculty, at 734-355-2792 or

Application to the Nursing Education/AGCNS Program

You can apply to the Nursing Education/AGCNS program through our online application. For questions or assistance regarding the application process, contact: Suzanne Erwin at or (313) 993-1828

View the Admission Criteria (PDF)

Required Courses

Interprofessional Core:

HLH 5500 Research Methods in Health Care 3
HLH 5700 Health Care Delivery and Policy Issues 3

Intraprofessional Advanced Practice Nursing Core:

NUR 5020 Theoretical Foundations in Nursing Practice 3
NUR 5030 Analytic Methods for Clinical Practice 3
NUR 5055 Systems Leadership, Quality Improvement and Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
HLH 5900 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NUR 5160 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NUR 5800 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3

Nursing Education Specialty Courses:

NUR 5850 Curriculum Development 3
NUR 5780 Nursing Curriculum and Instruction in Adult Education 3
NUR 5790 Nursing Program Planning and Evaluation 3
NUR 5860 Instructional Methods 3
NUR 5960 Teaching Practicum 2

Advanced Practice Clinical Core Courses:

NUR 5748 Adult-Gerontology CNS Role and Theory I 3
NUR 5749 Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum I (200 clinical practicum hours) 2
NUR 5751 Wellness Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice (100 clinical practicum hours) 2
NUR 5752 Adult-Gerontology CNS Role and Theory II 3
NUR 5753 Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum II (200 clinical practicum hours) 2

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 / 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.