Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Graduate Certificate

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This program has been temporarily suspended effective Spring 2014. The post-master's Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult-Gerontology Certificate prepares nurses who already have received a master's degree in nursing for positions as Clinical Nurse Specialists.


The program is 18 credit hours and includes up to 540 hours of clinical practice. There are 15 credit hours of prerequisite/co-requisite requirements.
Total Credit Hours Required:
18 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree

Prerequisites or Co-requisites—15 Credit Hours

Students must demonstrate successful completion of the following courses:

  • NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (2 credit hours)
  • NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (1 credit hour)
  • NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5720 Organizational Dynamics (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6172 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6874 Nursing Environment Management (3 credit hours)

Required Courses—18 Credit Hours

In addition, students must successfully complete all of the following Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult-Gerontology Track courses:

  • NGR 6265 Adult/Gerontology CNS I (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6265L Adult/Gerontology CNS I Clinical (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6266 Adult/Gerontology CNS II (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6266L Adult/Gerontology CNS II Clinical (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6267 Adult/Gerontology CNS III (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6267L Adult/Gerontology CNS III Clinical (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • BSN and MSN degree from an accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate Statistics course.
  • Licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Florida. (Out of state applicants must be eligible for licensure in Florida and must achieve RN licensure to begin clinical courses.)
  • Address the following 3 items in a written essay. Total word count for all (not each) answers should be 500 words or less, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, and 1 inch margins:
    • Describe how your professional experiences have prepared you for future education in the role which is the focus of your desired track.
    • Describe your plans to alter your work, professional and/ or personal obligations in order to have the time needed for graduate course and clinical practice work.
    • Identify one significant contemporary issue/ problem in the US Health care system and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that problem.
  • Curriculum Vitae which reflects prior education, recent clinical accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications and presentations), awards, additional certifications, and activities with professional organizations. For recent graduates this can include accomplishments as a student.
  • An interview with faculty may also be required.