Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS, AGCNS-ONC, AGCNS-CCT)

The Adult-Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialists (AG CNS) cares for patients from wellness through acute care, which a specific focus on complex and vulnerable adult and older adult populations. The AG CNS is best described as the “nurses’ nurse” as the CNS is a resource and consultant to nurses and healthcare professionals. The AG CNS is involved in all levels of the healthcare system, spanning from the acute care setting to the home. The AG CNS engages in numerous direct care and leadership roles in the healthcare system including organizing and managing large scale programs, incorporating evidence into practice, coaching and mentoring nurses and serving as a consultant to healthcare professionals, organizations, patients and families.

There are two sub-specialization tracks: Adult Gerontology CNS- Oncology and Adult Gerontology CNS-Critical Care Trauma. Students enrolled in these sub-specialization tracks take additional course work and/or complete clinical practica and residencies in the sub-specialty area. The AG CNS CCT track is not open to Masters Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) applicants and requires at least one year of critical care or acute care nursing clinical experience. The AG CNS-Oncology subspecialty is open to MEPN applicants, but a one year step out is required after completing the pre-licensure, and before entering the MS portion of the program.

All completers of the Adult-Gerontology CNS tracks within the MS program are eligible upon graduation and completion of 500 clinical hours for a Clinical Nurse Specialist certificate through the California State Board of Registered Nursing. All completers of the AG CNS tracks and MS program are also eligible upon graduation and completion of 500 clinical hours for national certification examination offered through American Nurse Credentialing Center as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist-Board Certified (AG CNS-BC) or through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation as an Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult-Gerontology (ACCNS-AG).

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Academic Program

All AG CNS track student complete courses in advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, research, management of acutely ill and injured as well as care of the older adult. On-campus course meetings are typically scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Clinical practica and residencies are arranged by faculty. The clinical sessions occur on weekdays and are determined between the clinical preceptor and student.

The primary faculty contact for all AG CNS tracks is Lynda Mackin ([email protected]).

Post-Master's AG CNS Program Options

For information about Post MS AG CNS options, please contact Post-Master's Coordinator Rosalie Bravo, RN, MS, ACNP: [email protected]

Department: Physiological Nursing

Coordinator: Lynda Mackin, PhD, AG PCNP-BC, CCNS

Janine Cataldo, RN, PhD, FAAN
Elena Flowers, PhD, RN
Heather Leutwyler, RN, PhD, NP
Michele Pelter, RN, PhD
Carol Viele, RN, MS
Margaret Wallhagen, RN, PhD, FAAN

Faculty Contact: Lynda Mackin
Post-Master's Coordinator: Rosalie Bravo