Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Concentration

Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Concentration

This program is designed for registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree in nursing, and builds on the knowledge base and practical experience that prepares the student for advanced professional practices. In just seven semesters, our graduates are ready to become clinical nurse specialists.

As a student in the M.S. with a major in Nursing program at St. Joseph’s College, you will learn from highly credentialed faculty while becoming specialized as a clinical nurse specialist in adult gerontology. 

The mission of the Nursing Department is to provide professional nursing education at the graduate level that develops and supports a learner-centered environment that ignites a spirit of inquiry and a commitment to lifelong learning and reflective practice. The program supports active engagement in multiple ways of knowing, while integrating nursing knowledge, related sciences and the humanities to refine nursing practice.

Through the intentional use of transformational experiences across the curriculum, the development of professional and personal identity in the ways of knowing and being is emphasized. In this way, the Nursing Department supports the College mission of preparing each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service- a life that is worthy of the college’s motto — Esse non videri — to be and not to seem.

Graduate End-Of-Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a philosophy of nursing that is holistic, compassionate and sensitive
    to culture, race and ethnic diversity in health practices
  • Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing and the human and
    natural sciences to provide rationale for advanced practice nursing
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze implications of legal and ethical accountability
    of the advanced practice nurse
  • Assume ethical accountability for the quality of one’s own advanced practice
  • Engage in scholarly inquiry to improve nursing education and practice, provide
    quality health care and initiate change
  • Prepare to function in the role of the advanced practice nurse upon graduation to
    serve as leader/change agent in advancing the practice of nursing and nursing
    education to achieve desired outcomes
  • Formulate a commitment to continued professional development and lifelong
    learning in the pursuit of excellence in the advanced practice role

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

The clinical nurse specialist concentration prepares students for the multifaceted role of the CNS in a variety of health care settings.

Graduates who complete the Adult-Gerontology CNS program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Graduation and Employment

Employment rate for graduates in this program is 100%. Job placement counseling is available to all students.

Completion rate for graduate programs is 92%,

Accreditation Information

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

The Department of Nursing is also accredited by the New York State Education Department.