Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Master | University of San Diego | San Diego, United States
MSN On Campus

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

24 months
1580 USD/credit 35550 USD/year
1580 USD/credit 35550 USD/year
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At the Hahn School of Nursing, compassion informs our deep commitment to alleviating suffering. Healthy aging is one focus of that mission, and it comes to life in the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program at University of San Diego — a specialty within our Master of Science in Nursing program.


Be more than a nurse. Be a voice for the vulnerable.

The robust Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program at University of San Diego prepares nurses for the advanced practice role caring for adults and geriatric patients across healthcare settings. Our students master their skills as expert practitioners, educators, consultants, researchers and clinical leaders. Educating fellow nurses, helping with patient care problem-solving and establishing healthcare programs are just a few of the skills you'll build and refine.

As one of the top graduate nursing schools in the country, we surround you with faculty who are more than nurse scientists and advanced clinicians themselves; they are mentors, advocates and friends. And they’re here to take the next step of your nursing journey with you.

Program Outcomes

  • Use a holistic perspective in the advanced nursing management of health, illness, and disease states to promote health or well-being and improve the quality of life of patients, families, and groups of patients.
  • Consult with patient, staff, or other professionals to assist with complex problem solving.
  • Manage change to influence clinical practice and political processes both within and cross systems.
  • Empower others to influence clinical practice and political processes both within and across systems.
  • Work jointly with others to optimize clinical outcomes using authentic engagement and constructive patient, family, system, and population-focused problem-solving.
  • Employ skillful guidance and education to advance the care of patients, families, groups of patients, and the profession of nursing.
  • Apply an evidence-based approach in clinical practice and quality improvement.
  • Act on ethical concerns at the patient, family, health care provider, system, community, and public policy levels.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • CNS Specialty Role and Practice Foundations
  • Evidence Based Practice: Role of Theory and Research
  • Adult-Gerontology I: CNS Practice in Individual Patient Sphere
  • Advanced Physical Assessment
  • Adult-Gerontology II: CNS Practice in the Nurse Sphere

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A BSN degree from an approved, accredited college or university
  • An unencumbered, active California RN license
  • One year of clinical experience is preferred
  • Completion of a basic statistics course
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of the university application for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program
  • One official transcript from each college or university you've attended; international transcripts need to be officially evaluated by World Education Services
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Your resume/CV
  • An interview (qualified applicants will be contacted to interview based on initial review of their application)
  • Evidence of specified immunizations and screening tests, a report of recent physical examination and BLS certification if admitted into the program

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1580 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    35550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1580 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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