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  • The Department of Nursing offers programs leading to the Master of Science (MS) in Adult-Gerontological Health Nursing. The MS degree programs have two options: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and Nurse Practitioner (NP).
  • The Department also offers two Post-Master’s Advanced Certificates in Adult-Gerontological Health Nursing. These certificates prepare nurses who have Master’s degrees in Nursing to meet the requirements for certification as Adult-Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialists or Primary Care Nurse Practitioners of New York State and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
  • We also offer programs leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice, Adult-Gerontological Health Nursing. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs have two options: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and Nurse Practitioner (NP).

The Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program prepares nurses for advanced practice nursing in primary care in outpatient settings. Examples of settings include clinics, medical practice offices, home care, correctional facilities, and long-term care. The program involves a rigorous course of study, including summer sessions and clinical hours that prepare the nurse to assume the role of primary care provider.

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program

Clinical Nurse Specialists are experts in nursing practice within a specialty area. They are able to manage complex conditions of individual patients and populations. Their expert knowledge competence allows for expanded practice in achieving quality, cost-effective patient outcomes, and, provide leadership in designing creative solutions to problems effecting patients or health systems.
Graduates of both programs are eligible for licensure in New York State and to take the certification examinations offered by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Admission to the Master’s Degree program

Students who apply to the program must meet the following criteria:

  • Official baccalaureate transcript(s) documenting a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale.
  • Evidence of successful completion of baccalaureate undergraduate courses (or comparable learning experiences approved by the Admissions Committee) in nursing research; statistics; health assessment/physical examination and pharmaco-therapeutics.
  • Two recommendation letters supporting the applicant’s potential for completing graduate studies; one must be from a current nursing supervisor or recent professor who can address the applicant’s clinical performance.
  • Recent Curriculum Vitae.
  • One year of relevant clinical nursing practice experience as determined by the admissions committee.
  • Three years of relevant clinical nursing practice before progressing into the Primary Care courses for students in the Nurse Practitioner specialization

7 Personal Statement: Instructions: Your personal statement should be about 500 words, 2 to 4 pages in length total, double spaced with one-inch margins, in 12-point font. We want to know more about you – your life and goals, your challenges and strengths, and the clinical path that you have chosen that has lead you to this point in your career. The following questions must be addressed: 

  • Why have you decided to apply to this program?
  • How has advanced practice nursing impacted health care delivery in the USA?
  • What are your personal goals as a Nurse Practitioner / Clinical Specialist?
  • Interviews with admissions committee may be required.

Applications will be evaluated on an individual basis when all official transcripts and supporting documents have been received.
Application deadline: March 15th for September Admission.   
Students requesting to take courses in the Graduate program who have not yet applied may do so only with select courses and with permission of the Program Coordinator or Chairperson. Completion of course work as a non-matriculated student is not considered part of the application, and is part of the decision to allow the student to matriculate. 

Students who hold a Graduate Degree in Nursing who wish to receive a Post Masters Certificate as an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner can apply to the Post Masters Certificate (PMC) program.

Admission Requirements:

Students who apply to the program must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduate from an accredited program with a Masters Degree in Nursing. Must have achieved an overall GPA of 3.0 with at least a grade of B in all Nursing courses.
  • Successfully completed statistics, nursing research, pathophysiology, pharmacology, advanced health assessment with a grade if B or higher. Possible transfer of these and the remaining courses will be reviewed individually through a full Gap Analysis conducted by members of the Admissions Committee. (see college policy on transfer of credits in the graduate program) Courses that have been taken more than 5 years ago may not be accepted for transfer.  
  • Three professional letters of reference from a supervisor who has had the opportunity to evaluate the applicants clinical practice.
  • Three years of clinical practice as determined by the admissions committee.
  • Well written Personal Statement  (see instructions Admissions to Masters Degree)
  • Interview with graduate admissions committee

Application deadline: March 15th, for September Admission

MS Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist

Q: Is this program online?

A: The program is in-person with some online courses.

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Q: How often do I have to come to the campus?

A: Courses are offered so that the student can take the required courses one evening a week.

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Q: How long will it take me to complete the program?

A: That depends on you, but most students finish within a three year time frame.

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Q: How many clinical hours will I need for the Master of Science Degree?

A: The Nurse Practitioner program will soon require 600 clinical hours done over three semesters

The Clinical Nurse Specialist program requires 500 clinical hours

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Q: Are summer classes offered?

A: Yes. Some courses are offered in the summer, and there are also some courses offered over the winter break.

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Q: Can I transfer credits?

A: Select courses can be transferred in, if they have been taken within 5 years. Every application is evaluated individually by the Admissions Committee. For courses to be considered for transfer, you must complete the transfer form that is available through the Graduate Studies Office and submit the course syllabus. 

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Q: What if I have a Master’s degree in Nursing from another college and want to become an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner?

A: Your transcript and course work will be evaluated for entry into the Post-Masters certificate program. Upon completion you will receive a certificate. More information about the Post Masters Certificate program can be found at [LINK]

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Q: How much does the program cost?

A: You can find all of the financial information on – Tuition and Fees

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Q:  What are the admission requirements?

A: Admissions requirements can be found at Graduate Programs and Requirements