Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Certificate

Students must be admitted to the university before registering for this program. The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate program is a nondegree course credit option for nurses with a master’s degree in nursing.1 This program provides theory and clinical experiences to prepare nurses to apply to the state of California Board of Registered Nursing for certification and to apply for national certification as an adult clinical nurse specialist (CNS) by examination. 

Academic and Advanced Practice Core Courses18
GNRS 504Bioethics and Health Care Policy3
GNRS 506Spiritual Concept Analysis in Health Care3
GNRS 512Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion4 (3/1)
GNRS 513Advanced Nursing Practice Role 22
GNRS 515Advanced Pathophysiology3
GNRS 594Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Nursing3
Advanced Practice Specialty Courses22
GNRS 520Theory and Practice of the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nursing Care of Adult-Gerontology Patients6 (2/4)
GNRS 521Clinical Specialization in the Care of Adult-Gerontology Patient6 (2/4)
GNRS 543Transitions Across the Care Continuum6 (2/4)
GNRS 548Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 2
GNRS 580Gerontology2
Total Units40

Students may be given transfer credits for previous content completed in a master’s degree program.


This requirement is waived for 1992–96 APU master’s graduates, as the content was integrated in the clinical courses.