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Master of Science in Nursing

Graduate Programs

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

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The Adult-Gerontology CNS track provides the graduate with the competencies specified by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS). Coursework provides graduates with the expertise to promote the health and well-being of adults of all ages. 

The MSN and post-MSN Adult-Gerontology CNS students must complete 500 faculty supervised clinical hours in the advanced practice role of the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist to meet the eligibility criteria to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult-Gerontology certification examination. Therefore, all practica hours for NUR 250ABC will need to be in this type of setting/role if the student is planning on applying to take this certification examination after completion of the Program.  Should the student plan to sit for any other certification examination, the student is responsible for checking the certifying agency's eligibility criteria prior to beginning coursework to ensure that MSMU's CNS track curriculum will allow the student to gain any required didactic &/or practica experiences. Students are encouraged to check the ANCC website ( for the most up to date information.

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration is a 46-unit program that can be completed in as few as 7 terms or 28 months with a Fall term start.*

* Track requirements (courses and units) subject to change. 

*The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist track in the MSN program conforms to the California Board of Registered Nursing’s requirements for California Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Certification. For students who wish to practice in a state other than California, you may or may not have additional requirements you must complete prior to applying for your license. Mount Saint Mary’s University is in the process of researching program professional licensure standards in other states. Please contact the Director of the MSN program at or 213.477.2723 to discuss additional requirements that may be needed to obtain CNS certification in a state outside of California.