Frequently Asked Questions

Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program

Students who elect the Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program will develop, test, and practice the role of the clinical case manager and clinical nurse specialist with the adult/gerontology population. Frequently asked questions and information about the Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program are provided below.

The A/G CNS focus at WSU prepares a clinical nurse specialist in adult health. The FNP or A/G NP focus prepares NPs in primary care. Curriculum for both roles includes prescriptive authority. 

The A/G CNS focus prepares students to practice in three (3) spheres of influence:

  • the patient/client sphere (direct care) 
  • the nursing sphere (staff development and affecting patient outcomes indirectly by influencing/improving nursing practice) 
  • the system/organizational sphere (changing/ improving health care processes).

Graduate Certificate A/G CNS plans of study are determined individually and depend on what type of master’s program the applicant has and what courses they completed during their master’s program. The graduate certificate applicant’s master’s transcript and course descriptions are compared with the A/GCNS program requirements to determine the individual’s plan of study.  

For traditional A/G CNS students, 60 hours of prescribing clinical is included in NURS 625. Graduate Certificate A/G CNS students who completed an A/G CNS program that did not include prescribing may take prescribing clinical through NURS 629. 

NURS 621 requires 180 clinical hours and NURS 625 requires 240 clinical hours. 

It varies depending on the student’s work environment, study habits, preceptor availability and other factors. Students will need to negotiate clinical with their preceptors and can expect 1-2 days of clinical fall semester during NURS 621 and 2-3 days of clinical spring semester in NURS 625. Most preceptors work Mondays-Fridays.