Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult-Gerontology

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.

Career Examples

  • Unit and/or service line CNS- patient population focused
  • Clinical educator
  • Quality improvement/Quality excellence position
  • Unit or department nurse leader
  • Magnet™ coordinator

Visit the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists for information on the national impact of the CNS role in practice.

Plans of Study

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.

Post-Graduate Certificate Information

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.​​​​​​​​

Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult-Gerontology Gainful Employment Disclosure

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