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Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

*Special Notice
Clinical Nurse Specialist (Adult-Gerontology or Neonatal) applicants may request to waive the entrance exam requirement (GRE or MAT) if they have either (1) an earned baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher or (2) earned a minimum of 9 semester credits of graduate level coursework from a regionally accredited institution with a grade of "B" or higher. If you qualify, please email the Concentration Director ( and include copy of your unofficial transcript for review and consideration.

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration prepares nurses for advanced nursing practice roles in complex care settings. Nationally approved clinical nurse specialist competencies in adult and gerontology are the basis of the curriculum. Emphasis is placed on providing students with advanced theoretical knowledge and practice skills needed to improve patient care. The A-GCNS concentration prepares students in the roles of clinician, educator, clinical consultant, researcher, program planner, and leader. The 43-semester-hour program includes core courses, clinical core courses, and concentration specialty courses. Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examination as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. This concentration was reviewed by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and meets the criteria for consistency with the standards set by that national organization.

*Students who wish to sit for the Critical Care CNS certification exam must take one additional 3 semester hour course in order to be eligible for that exam.


The following faculty members will be your instructors as you move through the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration of our Graduate School.


A minimum of 43 s.h. is required for graduation in the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration. The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration offers two methods for completing your graduation requirements. The first is a full-time curriculum plan which spans two years. The second is a part-time plan which will take three and a half years to complete. These curriculum plans are only a suggested course sequence and you can modify your schedule by meeting with your graduate advisor.

Curriculum Plan
Post-Master's Curriculum Plan

For more information, please visit the ECU Graduate Catalog.

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