The Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-CNS) option prepares nurses to become evidence-based advanced practice nurses providing quality care. The CNS is an expert clinician who can work in a variety of clinical practice settings from community to hospital in areas such as acute, critical, chronic, palliative care and hospice. The CNS provides direct patient care, population management, along with systems leadership to optimize outcomes.
Visit the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists for information on the national impact of the CNS role in practice.
Graduates of this specialty track are eligible to apply for national certification by examination. You will learn more about the certification organizations appropriate for this specialty during the completion of your program. Upon successful completion of the certification examination, Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialists are eligible for licensure in all 50 states, including Colorado (visit the Colorado Board of Nursing APRN application forms page), where licensure is granted as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and is required for practice.
Students entering the AG-CNS option will focus their learning in the following areas: Aging, Chronic Illness, Acute Care, and Palliative Care. Additional classes in Advanced Oncology Nursing and Emergent Care are offered periodically for elective credit.
Certificate programs for Veteran and Military Health Care and Palliative Care are now available for inclusion as desired in the AG-CNS student’s Plan of Study.
Gainful Employment and Program Statistics for Post-Graduate Certificate
For more information regarding graduation rates, the median debt of students completing our certificate programs and other important information, please visit the University of Colorado Denver Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.
Two AG CNS students; Cailly Haning and Cassie Lang, published articles about their experiences addressing commonly encountered problems in critical care settings – from oral hygiene with stroke patients to controlling postoperative pain.