Nursing Education with a Clinical Nurse Specialty in Adult-Gerontology — Master of Science in Nursing

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 at

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 313-993-2481 or

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