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Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


 The program prepares nurses to assume an advanced practice nursing role as an Adult-Gerontology CNS in a variety of health care settings, from acute care to home care. Nurses who earn this degree are preparing themselves for advanced practice positions in medical-surgical specialties within acute care or community-based nursing services.

The program consists of 42 credits (which include the requisite 500 clinical practicum hours for specialty certification) and can be completed by full-time students in under four years. Students have five years to complete degree requirements, however, and many students earn the degree by attending part-time. Courses are offered in the late afternoons and evenings. Graduates of the program meet educational requirements for specialty certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

The program consists of nursing core courses and advanced practice courses shared with other master's level students in nursing, courses in the Adult-Gerontology CNS specialization, and cognate-electives. Through course work, clinical practicum placements, and carefully selected electives, students develop skills in the competencies required for the Adult-Gerontology CNS role. The advanced clinical practicum placements are offered in a variety of adult medical-surgical specialties. Students also have an opportunity to participate in community-based programs aimed at serving a selected target population and promoting policy changes in the health care delivery system.


The master's program at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Advanced Nursing Research
  •  Clinical Leadership in Nursing I
  •  Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    42 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above (both cumulative and in the nursing major). Please note that grades in all undergraduate coursework—in all institutions attended—are included in computing the cumulative GPA.
  • Completion of a basic statistics course and an undergraduate research course or equivalent. An applicant who does not meet either of these requirements may still be admitted, conditional on completion of the course(s) by the end of their first semester.
  • New York State RN license and current registration
  • Professional résumé listing education and relevant work experiences
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Tuition Fee

  • National

    10130 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5065 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Non Residents : 780 $ per credit 

Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 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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