University of North Dakota

Online & Distance Education

Master of Science - Adult-Gerontology Nursing Track (CNS or NP)



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science - Adult-Gerontology Nursing Track (CNS or NP)

Format: Online

Program Description:

The online Master of Science - Adult-Gerontology Nursing Track will prepare you to be an advanced practice nurse who cares for adults throughout their lifespans. Through the full- or part-time, online program you will learn to: -Provide interventions necessary for health promotion. -Manage complex health conditions. -Work effectively with interdisciplinary teams to provide care and services for older adults. -Understand the theories of aging and gerontological nursing. As a graduate of the program, you will: -Integrate theory, research, and experiential knowledge into advanced gerontological nursing practice. -Provide healthcare for high priority older groups (minorities, underserved, indigent, or rural dwellers) within a community. -Demonstrate advanced practice skills consistent with American Nurses Association’s Scope and Standards of Practice for advance practice nurses. -Participate in the development of gerontological nursing as a science, through the use of theory and research. -Interpret relationships between social, cultural, political and economic issues and healthcare delivery for older adults and their families. After successful completion of your master's degree, you will be eligible to complete the national American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) exam for certification as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) or Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist (GCNS). Designed for nurses with a bachelor's degree who are unable to attend traditional, on-campus classes. You will participate in most class activities at the time and place of your choice. You will also participate in "live" Web classes, which are held at set times that are convenient for most students. You will be required to visit the UND campus in Grand Forks, ND, TWICE during your program. The on-campus component is meant to integrate, extend, and apply the knowledge you learned in previous online courses and readings. A local clinical practicum will also be completed in or near your home community. Pay in-state tuition rates for online courses regardless of where you live. Compared to paying the out-of-state tuition rate, this can translate into big savings for you!


Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The University of North Dakota as a whole is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Requirements:

If English is not your native language, you must complete the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) prior to admission. If you have received a bachelor's degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada, you are not required to fulfill the English test requirement.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 52-54

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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