Jan 21, 2019  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog

Master of Science in Nursing – Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (GCNS)


The Master of Science in Nursing programs prepares nurses to meet the needs of the community for health care providers/nurses with advance practice knowledge and skill. Graduates are prepared for advanced practice registered nursing roles as clinical nurse specialists or nurse practitioners, educators, researchers, and leaders in health care. The program meets national credentialing exam application requirements and prepares graduates for future doctoral study.

Students in the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) program are educated in the CNS three spheres of influence (patient, Nurse, System) and across the continuum from wellness through illness to care for patients from late adolescence through geriatrics in a hospital and community settings. At the end of this program, graduates will be eligible to sit for national certification examinations and subsequently be eligible for state licensure as Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Program Admission


Admission Requirements | To be admitted students must first meet requirements set by the Graduate School as described in the Eastern Michigan University Graduate Catalog. Applicants are considered for selection into the MSN program upon completion of the following:

  1. Possess a B.S.N. degree (Applicants holding an R.N. license with a bachelor’s in another discipline may apply for a conditional admission).
  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.
  6. Have successfully completed a basic health assessment course.
  7. Successful completion of an undergraduate community health nursing course and clinical (or equivalent), from an accredited university. R.N.s with a Bachelor’s in a discipline other than nursing have to either complete the Community Health Nursing courses (NURS 450  & NURS 450 ) or successfully complete the Community Health ATI Examination to demonstrate equivalency.
  8. A telephone or in-person interview may be a part of the admission process

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-Gerontological 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.

Application Process | Applicants must:

  • Complete an application for admission to the Graduate School. The 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 (GCNS).

School Information


Nursing, College of Health and Human Services

Michael L. Williams, Ph.D., RN, CCRN, CNE | Director | 309 Marshall | 734.487.2310 | michael.williams@emich.edu

Jennifer Avery, Ph.D., RN | Associate Director of Graduate Studies | 318M Porter | 734.487.7676| javery10@emich.edu

Advisor Information


Bobbi Towne, MSN, RN | Program Coordinator | 322 Marshall | 734.487.2340 | rtowne1@emich.edu

Jennifer Avery, Ph.D., RN | Assistant Professor | 318M Porter | 734.487.7676 | javery10@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 43 hours


Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Courses: 19 hours


Electives for students planning to pursue doctoral studies: