Adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist

Doctor of nursing practice University of Missouri
Adult gerontology nurse and patient hands.

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A doctorate in nursing practice from MU can help you advance your career in gerontology. If you want to become a clinical expert in advanced nursing, empower other nurses, and effect system wide improvements in care, this may be the degree for you.

Graduates will be eligible for certification from the following bodies:

Quick facts

Official name

Doctor of nursing practice with an emphasis in adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist


University of Missouri

Program type


Academic home

Sinclair School of Nursing

Delivery mode

Blended, some campus visits required


Higher Learning Commission, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Credit hours


Estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Adult gerontology nurse.

Career prospects

Potential careers

  • Clinical nurse specialist for aging adults
  • Health care services coordinator
  • Institutional health care consultant
  • Research coordinator
  • Clinical instructor
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners.
Employment growth
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners.
Median salary

Program structure

Delivery of this program is blended: You will complete most course work online, but an on-campus visit is required for five days during the summer before course work begins for orientation to the DNP program. Additional campus visits will be required throughout the program, approximately once per year.

Courses are semester-based. How long it takes to complete the program depends on your academic experience. If already have a master’s degree, you can study part time and complete the program in three years. If you have a bachelor’s degree and want to study part time, the program is more likely to take you five or six years.

Course work includes

  • Diagnosis and treatment of acute, critical and chronic illness
  • Improvement and monitoring of quality, safety and performance outcomes
  • Teaching clients symptom- and self-management strategies
  • Health care policy and finance
  • Physiology/pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology


Blended, some campus visits required

Calendar system


Typical program length

3 years

Typical course load

Part time

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The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The DNP at the Sinclair School is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Brooklyn Kolbe, DNP, wearing scrubs and a stethoscope.
One of the biggest strengths of the program is the faculty. They treat you as a colleague.
DNP ’17

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing