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Post-Master’s Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CGCNS)

New Program | Fall 2017

The Post-Masters CNS certificate program prepares nurses to meet the needs of the community for health care providers/nurses with advanced practice knowledge and skill. Graduates from the Post-Masters CNS program will be prepared to lead and serve in the following capacities: educators, change agents, outcomes managers, and consultants within the healthcare system

The goal of the Post-Masters Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate is to provide an avenue for graduate-prepared nurses (i.e. those already holding a MSN) to transition to a Clinical Nurse Specialist role. This program ensures that graduates are well educated across the continuum from wellness through acute care as required by national accrediting agencies. At the end of this program, the graduate nurse will be eligible to sit for national certification examinations required for Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and subsequently be eligible for state licensure as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Program Admission

Students pursuing the Post-Master’s Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist will be required to submit transcripts, syllabi, and verification of clinical hours (if requesting CNS clinical hours’ accommodation) from their previous MSN programs.

A gap analysis will be conducted to ensure that all prerequisites for the certificate program are met within their prior MSN coursework. The purpose of the gap analysis will be to evaluate students’ prior coursework against current standards. Specifically, students will be required to have completed the following courses or equivalents with a “B” or better within the last ten years (pharmacology within the last five years).

The Associate Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Nursing under special circumstances may grant equivalency if substantial evidence is provided that an individual has met the competency for a particular course.

Admission Requirements | Applicants will be considered for selection into the Post-Master CNS certificate program upon meeting the requirements of the Graduate School and the following criteria:

  1. Documentation of an earned Master of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution.
  2. Have at least a cumulative 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) college GPA. (Applicants may seek conditional admission with a GPA of 2.75).
  3. International students must meet minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate School (International Admissions)
  4. Have a current unrestricted license to practice as a professional registered nurse in the U.S or eligibility to obtain a Michigan license.
  5. Have successfully completed an approved basic statistics course that includes descriptive and inferential statistics within the last 10 years.

Additionally, the following documents are required and must be submitted with the application.

  1. Current licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which practice will occur (Applicants who are eligible for a license may apply for a conditional admission)
  2. Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  4. A two to three-page (< 500 words) personal statement that describes your desire and preparedness for becoming an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, your future plans, and your professional goals. Essays will be evaluated based on fit with our program, the ability to express yourself, the degree of scholarly content, spelling, grammar, and use of the current American Psychological Association style.
  5. Syllabi for non-EMU courses that meet seven (7) pre-requisite courses.

***All documents above should be submitted directly to the Graduate School Office of Admissions, along with any transcript from other universities or colleges previously attended.

Application Process | Applicants must

  • Complete an application for admission to the Graduate SchoolThe university takes an average of 2-3 weeks to make admission decisions. The response time from the School of Nursing may be longer depending upon submission date and application deadlines.
  • Submit official transcripts from each educational institution you have attended so your admission application can be processed.
  • Select the program code on your application (CGCNS-HH/GCNS).

Acceptance Process | In addition to the School of Nursing Graduate Admission processes, all acceptance offers will include the Gap Analysis and Summary of Requirements.

School Information

Nursing, College of Health and Human Services

Michael L. Williams, Ph.D., RN, CCRN, CNE | Director | 309 Marshall | 734.487.2310 |

Sherry Bumpus, Ph.D., FNP-BC, CME | Program Director | 340 Marshall | 734.487.2279 |

Advisor Information

Bobbi Towne, MSN, RN Program Coordinator | 322 Marshall | 734.487.2340 |

Sherry Bumpus | Associate Professor | 340 Marshall | 734.487.2279 |

Degree Requirements: 19 hours