Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Adult-Gerontological Nursing: Clinical Nurse Specialist Practitioner (Post-Master's Advanced Certificate)

School of Health Sciences

Dean: Marcus Tye, PhD

Building 5S, Room 212

Telephone: 718.982.3690

Program Coordinator:

Professor Catherine Paradiso

Building 5S, Room 213



The Department of Nursing offers a Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate in Adult-Gerontological Health Nursing. The certificate prepare nurses who have Master’s degrees in Nursing to meet the requirements for certification as Adult-Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialists of New York State and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


Students in the certificate program take courses that focus their course assignments and clinical hours as clinical nurse specialists in the adult-gerontological population from wellness through acute care and beyond.


Students who hold a Graduate Degree in Nursing who wish to receive a Post Masters Certificate as an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner can apply to the Post Masters Certificate (PMC) program.

Admission Requirements

  1. Graduate from an accredited program with a Master’s Degree in Nursing. Must have achieved an overall GPA of 3.0 with at least a grade of B in all Nursing courses. 
  2. Successfully completed at least statistics, nursing research, pathophysiology, pharmacology, advanced health assessment with a grade if B or higher. Possible transfer of these and the remaining courses will be reviewed individually through a full Gap Analysis conducted by members of the Admissions Committee. (see college policy on transfer of credits in the graduate program) Courses that have been taken more than 5 years ago may not be accepted for transfer.
  3. Three professional letters of reference from supervisor who has had the opportunity to evaluate the applicants clinical practice. 
  4. Three years of clinical practice as determined by the admissions committee. 
  5. Well written Personal Statement  
  6. Interview with graduate admissions committee
Requirements for Progression and Retention in all Graduate Programs in Nursing

Students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) to be retained and to progress. 

Progression: Students must achieve a grade of B in all graduate courses in order to progress. Students must provide verification of three years full-time appropriate clinical experience as a registered nurse in order to progress to the clinical courses.

Grades: For a grade lower than a B, the course must be repeated within one year. Students who do not obtain a passing grade in one course may repeat the course only once.  Progression in the program cannot occur until the course is repeated successfully.  Courses cannot be repeated more than once. Only one course can be repeated throughout the curriculum.  

Withdrawals: No more than two (2) withdrawals are permitted throughout the curriculum. When a second withdrawal is requested, permission must be obtained from the Department Chair by requesting permission for the second withdrawal in writing. Permission may be granted based upon previous academic performance, circumstances, and adequacy of the individual’s plan for success.

Academic Probation: Students whose GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation, please see policy in Graduate Catalog and the Academic Policy of the College. Improvement of the GPA may require additional coursework. Students on academic probation are not permitted to progress to the clinical courses.

Dismissal: If the student fails any one of the core (BIO 670, BIO/NRS 682, NRS 702) or role specialization courses (i.e. NRS 720, NRS 721, NRS 722, NRS 723, NRS 735, NRS 736, NRS 737) the student will be dismissed from the program. 

Certificate Requirements

Based on the Admission Committee Gap Analysis, the minimum requirements are:

NRS 720Advanced Practice Nursing with Adults in Community Settings


NRS 721Role Practicum: Adults in Community Settings


NRS 722Advanced Practice Nursing with Adults in Acute Care Settings


NRS 723Role Practicum: Adults in Acute Care Settings


A minimum of 500 hours of supervised practice.

Total Credit Hours: 12