AHCNS-MS - Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program


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Degree Designation

MS - Master of Science



NYSED Program Code

00065 - AHCNS-MS

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Faculty Coordinator: Christine Cutugno, ccutugno@hunter.cuny.edu

The program prepares nurses to assume an advanced practice nursing role as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist 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 or skilled nursing facilities or in community-based nursing services.

Through course work, supervised practicum hours (500 hours) and carefully selected electives, students develop broad clinical knowledge in the assessment and clinical management of patients across the adult life span in acute and chronic care settings. Practicum placements are offered in a wide variety of medical-surgical specialty settings. There is also a strong focus on the consultative component of the CNS role, incorporating education and patient care improvement content throughout the curriculum. Students also have an opportunity to participate in programs aimed at serving the target adult population and promoting policy changes in the health care delivery system. Graduates of the program meet educational requirements for specialty certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


International applicants who need an F-1 or J-1 Visa are not currently eligible for this program.