What will I learn?

Adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialists directly manage the care of adult-gerontology patients, including health promotion, symptom management, patient education and consultation.

They also advance nursing practice within their specialty and lead efforts to integrate evidence-based practices throughout the healthcare system. Clinical nurse specialists usually practice in hospitals or outpatient settings.

Our adult-gerontology program prepares excellent graduates who hold diverse roles in the healthcare field. You’ll learn to improve patient outcomes by making an impact on patient care, nursing practice and organizational systems. You’ll also acquire valuable experience embedding best evidence into your practice as you work with preceptors in clinical settings.

Begin your program with courses in advanced nursing practice, evidence-based practice, advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology and physical assessment. From this foundation, move into final-year courses where, in combination with class content, you’ll work with a preceptor of your choice to gain experience meeting CNS practice competencies.


As a graduate of this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Synthesize nursing knowledge, patient preferences and the best available evidence to make optimal decisions
  • Grow as a leader who can influence the delivery of healthcare
  • Develop a professional philosophy that reflects the humanistic values of nursing


Family nurse practitioner program graduates enter the marketplace with real-world experience and vital skills under the guidance of expert faculty. You’ll hone your ability to acquire, appraise, and implement best practices.

Career Paths

AGCNS graduates have a number of career options, including:

  • Management of patient populations
  • Leadership roles in nursing practice
  • Internal and external consulting

Which department am I in?

College of Nursing

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
US$10,977.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected May, October 2022

Start date

10 January 2022


Westville Campus

1401 S. U.S. 421,



46391, United States

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
US$10,977.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected May, October 2022

Start date

10 January 2022


Purdue University Northwest

Hammond Campus,

2200 169th Street,



46323, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants ordinarily will be expected to hold baccalaureate degrees from colleges or universities of recognized standing prior to admission as graduate students. Three-year Bologna bachelor’s degree recipients are eligible for graduate admission. Applicants for a masters degree program should have achieved a 3.0/4.0 grade point index or higher for the baccalaureate degree or have other academic indices indicating superior performance to be considered for unconditional admission.

For international students

Applicants must have

  • Graduation from an accredited baccalaureate program in nursing
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4 point scale or equivalent “B” average
  • Current U.S. RN (Registered Nurse) licensure

Test scores: IELTS score - An overall band score of 6.5 is required for admission; TOEFL - minimum Internet-Based (iBT) scores: 80.

Application Deadlines: May 15 for fall admission; October 15 for spring admission; March 15 for summer admission.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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