Why ODU for advanced nursing education?

This post-professional certificate is designed for nurses who already hold an MSN. The curriculum includes only those courses and practicums required for eligibility to take the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) certification exam.

You will learn about the field of geriatrics as well as the social, physical, and health changes associated with aging. You will also learn how to identify gaps in health care delivery for older adults.

When you graduate, you will be able to:

  • Diagnose, treat, and manage illnesses and conditions associated with gerontology
  • Provide expertise and support to nurses caring for older adult patients in multiple settings
  • Help drive practice changes throughout an organization
  • Use best practices and evidence-based care to achieve the best possible patient outcomes
  • Work in interprofessional teams to design, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve health

Our program includes courses required by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Both of these organizations administer certification exams for Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.

* Note: This program is not available in the state of Washington.

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Required Courses

  • 19 credit hours (six courses):
    • Aging in the 21st Century
    • Adult-Gerontology CNS I: Introduction to Practice
    • Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum I: Role Socialization
    • Adult-Gerontology CNS II: Transition to Practice
    • Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum II: Role Transition
    • Health Promotion & Maintenance

Full-time students can complete the certificate in 18 months.

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Some courses have live, online meetings (usually on Thursday mornings), while some courses do not. Instructors also may schedule assignments, office hours, and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Clinical practicums are completed at a physical location and are negotiated on an individual basis.

In certain courses, you will be required to visit ODU's Virginia Beach campus (usually only once in the semester) for training and/or testing with standardized patients or simulation instruction.

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$571 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2022 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

State Licensure

Our program includes courses required by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, both of which administer certification exams for Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist. Use the links here to see if we have determined whether this program will prepare you for nursing certification in your state.

We encourage you to check your state's professional nursing requirements before applying to ODU.

If you have any questions, please submit the form above to be contacted by an enrollment coach.

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How to Apply

To apply, you should be a licensed registered nurse and hold a master's degree in nursing. You must also show successful completion (grade B or better) of the following courses:

  1. Advanced Pathophysiology
  2. Advanced Physical Assessment
  3. Pharmacology core courses completed as part of a previously earned MSN degree

You will apply to ODU as a nondegree seeking graduate student and submit a separate application to this certificate program. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to this post-master's certificate program. See full application details at the School of Nursing website.

Meet Your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.