Adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist

Master of science in nursing University of Missouri
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A MS(N) in adult gerontology clinical nurse specialist (AGCNS) from MU can help you enhance your career in gerontology. Continue working as you gain the knowledge and skills you need to advance. Learn from experienced practicing faculty who are renowned researchers in aging and belong to a network of nurses across the nation.

Students who pursue the adult gerontology clinical nurse specialist MS(N) will:

  • Learn to provide direct patient care from wellness through acute care with a focus on complex and vulnerable adult and older adult populations;
  • Influence care outcomes by acting as a resource and providing expert consultation for nursing staff and other health professionals by implementing evidence-based practice initiatives to support improvements in health care delivery systems;
  • Be eligible for advanced practice nurse certification as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of science in nursing with an emphasis in adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist


University of Missouri

Program type

Master's degree

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, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

Seamless BSN-to-DNP with an MS(N) option

This MS(N) program makes it easy for you to continue your education and earn your DNP if you choose. With this program, you have the opportunity to sit for your APRN certification and start earning more while you’re starting your DNP course work. Courses have a focus on supporting you as you transition to practicing as an APRN.

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Program structure

This program is blended: You may complete all course work online but an on-campus visit is required once per year.

Courses are semester-based. How long it takes to complete the program depends on your academic progress so far. If you want to study part time, the program will most likely take you three years to complete.


Blended, some campus visits required

Calendar system


Typical program length

3 years

Typical course load

Part time


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

Faculty spotlight

Shawn Zembles

As an experienced clinician, Dr. Zembles provides direct clinical oversight to students pursuing undergraduate and graduate-level nursing degrees. Dr. Zembles has spent a considerable amount of his research time directed towards sepsis and chronic disease management.

Adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing