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Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Degree Programs
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As you learn more about advanced nursing practice, and all of the options available, you may be interested in becoming a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). While the role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist is still not recognized in all 50 states, there are many states that do offer licensure for CNSs, making it a viable career choice in many areas of the country.

You may be wondering how to become a Clinical Nurse Specialist. If so, you have come to the right spot. The CNS degree is a master's level nursing program, and takes about two to three years to complete. You will learn a wide range of advanced nursing concepts, both clinical and didactic, resulting in a well-rounded nursing education.

At BestNursingDegree.com, we have taken the time all to find all of the nursing schools that offer Clinical Nurs Specialist programs, across the country. You can request information from as many schools as you like on this page, however, keep in mind that there may be limited programs available in your area. Submit requests to all the schools below that you are interested in, so you can have enough program information to make a well thought out decision about how to continue your nursing education.

What Is A Clinical Nurse Specialist?

There are a lot of similarities between the CNS and NP specialties in terms of populations, sub-specialties, and education. However, the Clinical Nurse Specialist often works in a hospital setting, providing expert care and mentoring other staff members, whereas Nurse Practitioners frequently work outside of the hospital, in more generalist roles.

According to the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) Consensus Statement, there are three aspects of the core foundation of a CNS education.These are:

  • Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Physical/Health Assessment

In addition to learning advanced aspects of patient care, a CNS is tasked with integrating and improving the care provided by nurses within an organization, serving as a mentor, leader, and intermediary between those providing, receiving, and designing care processes within an organization.

As the title implies, a CNS is often seen as the clinical expert in one specialty area of nursing. For instance, we spoke with a former burn nurse who took her expertise in the field and used it as the focus of her Clinical Nurse Specialist program. As a result, she provides education and guidance to burn unit staff, incorporating research, best practices and evidence based care into the daily operations of the unit.

Once you have completed a CNS degree program, you can apply and test for your Clinical Nurse Specialist certification. The CNS certificate is offered by the American Nurse Credentialing Center, and is offered in a variety of specialties. This credential is renewable, but there is talk about discontinuing the Clinical Nurse Specialist certification as early as 2017.

As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, you can take advantage of a high growth potential, as O*Net predicts a 15-20 percent growth rate for this nursing career, with more than one million projected job openings between 2012-2022 estimated. A graduate of a Clinical Nurse Specialist program can expect to earn a median annual salary of $66,220 or $31.84 annually (O*Net, 2013).

If you are ready to look into your options for getting your CNS degree, reach out to the schools on this page to learn more. You can directly request information from Clinical Nurse Specialist programs simply by clicking on the schools you see.

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Please take the time to watch our video with NACNS President, Stephen Patten, below, and read our articles, written by CNSs who have already been through the schooling process. Their advice is worthwhile, and may help you to make a decision about which type of APRN program may be the most rewarding for you.

Interview with NACNS President, Stephen Patten




How Do I Become A Clinical Nurse Specialist?

The first step in becoming a Clinical Nurse Specialist is to attend a nationally accredited Masters program that offers CNS tracks. As with other roles, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is the primary and most respected source of board certifications, offering them for:

  • Adult Health CNS
  • Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health CNS
  • Child\Adolescent Psych & Mental Health CNS
  • CNS Core Exam
  • Diabetes Management - Advanced
  • Gerontological CNS
  • Home Health CNS
  • Pediatric CNS
  • Public/Community Health CNS

Other specialty certifications are available from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation, and the Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board. You will take the appropriate certification exam at the end of your degree program. As always, make sure to check with the Board of Nursing in the state where you intend to practice, for any state specific requirements.

Expert Advice: What do Clinical Nurse Specialists do?

Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN is a nurse writer and educator with over 25 years of experience. She has been certified in five different clinical specialties including critical care and emergency nursing. Starting as an associate degree registered nurse, she continued her schooling in traditional and distance-learning settings to obtain a BSN, MSN, and PhD in nursing while working full-time and raising a family. Lorry teaches nursing in a variety of settings including webinars and online nursing courses.

Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) perform a variety of functions in a healthcare system geared toward improving nursing care, systems and processes. CNS's are masters prepared and demonstrate advanced knowledge, skill and ability in a clinical specialty. Clinical nurse specialists can work in almost any specialty area and usually first develop their knowledge, skill and ability through work at a staff level of clinical practice. Once proficient, advanced knowledge is developed by pursuing a graduate degree.

CNS's analyze complex patient and clinical system issues and provide support for the care delivered. This might involve creating or revising clinical processes, implementing new clinical practices, or assisting staff nurses with complex care delivery. Clinical nurse specialists also provide education to staff members to improve skills and lead clinical discussions to improve critical thinking and clinical judgment among staff members in their specialty area. The Clinical Nurse Specialist is often the team member who assists in translating nursing research into practice. Because of the systems approach of the CNS position, nurses in this role often have positions on committees in the healthcare organization that review new equipment, create new policies, or approve research protocols.

Clinical Nurse Specialists most often work in large healthcare organizations within the management of the unit delivering specialty care. For example, an organization may have an Emergency CNS or a Critical Care CNS. These specialists may also have positions within freestanding specialty organizations such as organ transplant or dialysis units.

Nurses who enjoy this position usually have a passion for their chosen clinical specialty and the ability to initiate and implement change. Those who wish to enter the position should seek a graduate degree in a favored clinical specialty. With solid clinical background in the specialty and a graduate degree in hand, a nurse can begin applying for entry-level CNS positions. In a tight job market, nurses who have worked on unit projects such as evaluating new equipment, revising policies or precepting new staff will have the advantage.

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Alabama

Auburn University at Montgomery (Auburn, AL)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL)
Program Name: Community Health Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)
Program Name: Adult CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Alabama in Huntsville (Huntsville, AL)
Program Name: Adult Clinical Nursing Specialist (CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Troy University (Troy, AL)
Program Name: Adult Health CNS, Maternal-Infant Health CNS
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)
Program Name: Adult Health CNS (online), Clinical Nurse Specialist (online), Community Mental Health CNS (online), Maternal Child Health CNS (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Arizona

Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, AZ)
Program Name: M.S. in Nursing: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (online)
Grand Canyon University (AM) (Phoenix, AZ)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Specialist: Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Arkansas

Arkansas State University (Jonesboro, AR)
Program Name: Adult Health Nursing CNS
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult Medical-Surgical (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Central Arkansas (Conway, AR)
Program Name: Adult Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Community/Family Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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California

Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA)
Program Name: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist and Adult Nurse Practitioner, Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
California State University-Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA)
Program Name: Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
California State University-Fresno (Fresno, CA)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
California State University-Long Beach (Long Beach, CA)
Program Name: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
California State University-Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Program Name: Psychiatric/Mental Health CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Dominican University of California (San Rafael, CA)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, CA)
Program Name: Adult and Aging Family CNS, Growing Family CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Mount Saint Mary's College (Los Angeles, CA)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist Track
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, CA)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
Program Name: Advanced Practice Nursing of Adults and Elderly (Acute Critical Care Nursing NP/CNS CNS or Nurse Educator)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
San Jose State University (San Jose, CA)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - School Nurse CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of California Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Program Name: Acute Care (CNS and/or NP), Gerontology (CNS and/or NP), Oncology (CNS and/or NP), Pediatric (CNS and/or NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of California San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
Program Name: Cardiovascular Nursing (CNS), Critical Care/Trauma Nursing CNS, Gerontological Nursing (CNS or NP), Oncology Nursing (CNS or NP), Perinatal Nursing Advanced Practice (CNS), Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Advanced Practice (CNS or NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
Program Name: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, BSN to DNP - Psychiatric/Mental Health NP/CNS, Masters in Nursing - Psychiatric/Mental Health NP/CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Colorado

Colorado State University-Pueblo (Pueblo, CO)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health CNS
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, CO)
Program Name: Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Colorado-Denver (Denver, CO)
Program Name: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Connecticut

University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)
Program Name: Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Neonatal Acute Care (CNS or NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Saint Joseph (West Hartford, CT)
Program Name: Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nursing (CNS or NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Western Connecticut State University (Danbury, CT)
Program Name: Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Yale University (New Haven, CT)
Program Name: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (NP or CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Delaware

Delaware State University (Dover, DE)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Public/Community Health CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Delaware (Newark, DE)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Wesley College (Dover, DE)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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District Of Columbia

Catholic University of America (Washington, DC)
Program Name: Adult Health CNS/Nurse Educator, Community/Public Health Nurse Specialist Educator Program (CNS), Immigrant Refugee & Global Health CNS, Psychiatric-Mental Health CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Florida

Florida Southern College (Lakeland, FL)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
Program Name: Psychiatric-Mental Health CNS/NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of North Florida (Jacksonville, FL)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Georgia

Armstrong State University (Savannah, GA)
Program Name: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
Program Name: Family Nurse-Midwife
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Georgia College & State University (Milledgeville, GA)
Program Name: Adult Health Nursing - CNS
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, GA)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA)
Program Name: Adult Health CNS/NP, Child Health CNS/Pediatric NP, Perinatal CNS/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health CNS/NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Mercer University (Atlanta, GA / Macon, GA)
Program Name: Acute/Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Master of Science in Acute/Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (Adult)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Hawaii

Hawaii Pacific University (Kaneohe, HI)
Program Name: Community Clinical Nurse Specialist, Community Clinical Nurse Specialist Educator
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu, HI)
Program Name: Adult CNS, Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health CNS, Child & Adolescent Psychiatric/Mental Health CSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Idaho

Idaho State University (Pocatello, ID)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult Medical-Surgical (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Illinois

DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Health CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Governors State University (University Park, IL)
Program Name: CNS in Adult Health
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Loyola University Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Program Name: Acute Care CNS, Adult Health CNS, Cardiovascular Health and Disease Management CNS, Cardiovascular Health and Disease Management CNS/ANP, Oncology CNS, Oncology CNS/ANP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Northern Illinois University (Dekalb, IL)
Program Name: Adult Clinical Nurse, Community Health Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Resurrection University (Oak Park, IL)
Program Name: Adult Health CNS
Rush University (Chicago, IL)
Program Name: Community/Public Health CNS (PHCNS) (online), Critical Care CNS (CCCS), Gerontological CNS, Medical-Surgical CNS, Pediatric CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Saint Anthony College of Nursing (Rockford, IL)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (Peoria, IL)
Program Name: Child and Family Nursing (CNL CNS or Educator) (online), Medical-Surgical Nursing (CNL CNS or Educator) (online)
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Program Name: Acute Care (CNS or NP), Advanced Community Health Nurse Specialist, Geriatric (CNS or NP), Mental Health (CNS or NP), Occupational Health/Advanced Community Health Nurse Specialist, Pediatric (CNS or NP), Perinatal CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL)
Program Name: Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Indiana

Ball State University (Muncie, IN)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult Health (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN)
Program Name: Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Purdue University Northwest (Hammond, IN)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
University of Saint Francis (Crown Point, IN / Fort Wayne, IN)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Iowa

University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
Program Name: Adult/Gerontological NP or CNS, Community Health Nursing (CNS), Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (CNS or NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Kansas

Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS)
Program Name: Family CNS, Gerontology CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Kansas Medical Center (Kansas City, KS)
Program Name: Adult/Gerontological Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Wichita State University (Wichita, KS)
Program Name: Adult Health & Illness Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Kentucky

Murray State University (Murray, KY)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
Program Name: MSN - Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, MSN - Public Health Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)
Program Name: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Louisiana

Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing (Hammond, LA / Lake Charles, LA)
Program Name: Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (online), Adult/Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Louisiana State University-Health Sciences Center-New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
Program Name: Adult Health Nursing CNS, Parent-Child Health Nursing CNS, Psychiatric and Community Mental Health Nursing CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Maine

Husson University (Bangor, ME)
Program Name: Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing (CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Southern Maine (Portland, ME)
Program Name: Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (AHCNS), Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (APMH/CNS), Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist & Nurse Practitioner (APMH/CNS-NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Maryland

Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist - Forensic Nursing Focus, Clinical Nurse Specialist/Health Systems Management, Women’s Health CNS/Nurse Midwifery Track (Midwifery is in partnership with Shenandoah University)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Bethesda, MD)
Program Name: Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Maryland (Baltimore, MD)
Program Name: Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing: A Blended Clinical Nurse Specialist and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Massachusetts

Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)
Program Name: Adult Health NP/CNS, Community Health NP/CNS, Family Health NP/CNS, Forensic Nursing CNS, Gerontological NP/CNS, Pediatric Health NP/CNS, Psychiatric/Mental Health NP/CNS, Women's Health NP/CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Fitchburg State College (Fitchburg, MA)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Forensic Nursing CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
MCPHS University (Worcester, MA)
Program Name: MSN with Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
MGH Institute of Health Professions (Boston, MA)
Program Name: Acute Care CNS, Adult Primary Care CNS, Family CNS, Gerontology CNS, Pediatrics CNS, Psychiatric/Mental Health CNS, Women’s Health CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
Program Name: Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult or Child Psychiatric/Mental Health CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Regis College (Weston, MA)
Program Name: Acute/Critical Care Clinical Specialist
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Salem State College (Salem, MA)
Program Name: Advanced Practice I Rehabilitation Nursing (CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
UMassOnline (Shrewbury, MA)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist Post Master (online)
University of Massachusetts-Boston (Boston, MA)
Program Name: Master's Program in Nursing - Acute and Critical Care CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (North Dartmouth, MA)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Health, Community Health CNS
University of Massachusetts-Lowell (Lowell, MA)
Program Name: Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Worcester State College (Worcester, MA)
Program Name: Community Health Nursing (CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Michigan

Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, MI)
Program Name: Adult/Elderly APN (NP/CNS), Child APN (NP/CNS), Family APN (NP/CNS), Mental Health APN (NP/CNS), Women’s Health APN (NP/CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Madonna University (Livonia, MI)
Program Name: Adult Health: CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Oakland University (Rochester, MI)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Health CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit, MI)
Program Name: Nursing Education (NE) with CNS Option
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
Program Name: Community Care/Public Health/Home Health Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist, Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist, Occupational Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
Program Name: Psychiatric Mental Health - CNS and NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Minnesota

College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, MN)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Minnesota State University-Mankato (Mankato, MN)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Minnesota State University-Moorhead (Moorhead, MN)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
Program Name: Doctor of Nursing Practice - Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health, Gerontology and Pediatrics CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Winona State University (Winona, MN)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Missouri

Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau, MO)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Health CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
St. Louis University (Saint Louis, MO)
Program Name: Adult (NP CNS or Nurse Educator) (online), Gerontological (NP CNS or Nurse Educator) (online), Pediatric (CNS NP or Nurse Educator) (online), Psychiatric/Mental Health (CNS NP or Nurse Educator) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Missouri (Columbia, MO)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Nebraska

Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
Program Name: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, Behavioral Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner/CNS, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, NE)
Program Name: Gerontological and Geropsychiatric Nursing (NP or CNS) (online), Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (CNS) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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New Jersey

Rutgers The State University of New Jersey-Newark (Newark, NJ)
Program Name: Acute Care of the Adult and Aged (NP or CNS) (online), Advanced Practice in Pediatric Nursing (NP or CNS) (online), Community Health Nursing NP/CNS (online), Oncology (Adult and/or Pediatric) (online), Primary Care of the Adult and Aged (NP or CNS) (online), Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (NP or CNS) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (Newark, NJ)
Program Name: Child & Adolescent Psychiatric & Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ)
Program Name: Community Health CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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New Mexico

New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM)
Program Name: Community/Public Health CNS (online), Medical Surgical (Adult Health) CNS (online), Psychiatric/Mental Health CNS (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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New York

CUNY-College of Staten Island (Staten Island, NY)
Program Name: Adult Health Nursing CNS, Adult Health Nursing CNS/NP, Gerontological Nursing CNS, Gerontological Nursing CNS/NP
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
CUNY-Hunter College (New York, NY)
Program Name: Master's Program in Adult Health Nursing/Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
CUNY-Lehman College (Bronx, NY)
Program Name: Adult Health Nursing CNS, Advanced Nursing CNS, Nursing of Older Adults CNS, Parent-Child Nursing CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
D'Youville College (Buffalo, NY)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist in Community Health
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
LIU Post (Brookville, NY)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Molloy College (Rockville Centre, NY)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatry NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Saint Joseph's College-New York (Brooklyn, NY)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY)
Program Name: Adult/Gerontology CNS, Maternal-Child CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist (Adult Track), Clinical Nurse Specialist (High Risk Mother and Infant Track)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY)
Program Name: Perinatal/Women's Health NP/CNS (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
SUNY-Binghamton (Binghamton, NY)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Community Health Nursing - Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gerontological Nursing - Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
SUNY-Upstate Medical University (Syracuse, NY)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The College of New Rochelle (New Rochelle, NY)
Program Name: CNS in Holistic Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Specialist in Holistic Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The Sage Colleges (Troy, NY)
Program Name: Adult Health (NP or CNS), Community Health (CNS CLS Educator or Administrator), Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (NP CNS NP/CNS Educator or Administrator)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University at Buffalo - SUNY (Buffalo, NY)
Program Name: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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North Carolina

Duke University (Durham, NC)
Program Name: Adult Critical Care (NP or CNS), Gerontology (NP or CNS), Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, Oncology (NP or CNS), Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
East Carolina University (Greenville, NC)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist (online), Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
Program Name: Psychiatric/Mental Health NP - Family
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Greensboro, NC)
Program Name: Adult CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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North Dakota

North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND)
Program Name: Gerontology Nursing (CNS or NP) (online), Psychiatric/Mental Health (CNS) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Ohio

Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist - Public Health Nursing, GNP/Gerontological CNS, Medical Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psych-Mental Health NP/CNS
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Kent State University (Kent, OH)
Program Name: Adult CNS, Pediatric CNS, Psychiatric-Mental Health CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Malone University (Canton, OH)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Mount Carmel College of Nursing (Columbus, OH)
Program Name: Adult Health CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
Program Name: Adult Health & Illness (ANP or CNS or ANP/CNS), Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (NP or CNS), Women’s Health (NP or CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Toledo (Toledo, OH)
Program Name: Advanced Practice Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Akron (Akron, OH)
Program Name: Adult Gerontological Health Nursing - CNS, Behavioral Health Nursing - CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator, Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist (online), MSN - Psychiatric NP/CNS (online), Neonatal NP or CNS, Occupational Health Nursing (CNS), Public Health Nursing (CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Cincinnati - Online (Cincinnati, OH)
Program Name: MSN - Adult-Gero Clincal Nurse Specialist (online)
Ursuline College (Pepper Pike, OH)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Health CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Wright State University (Dayton, OH)
Program Name: Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Child/Adolescent Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Youngstown State University (Youngstown, OH)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist for Chronic Illness Care, School Nursing CNS
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma Health Science Center (Oklahoma City, OK)
Program Name: Acute Care CNS, Case Management CNS
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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Oregon

Oregon Health & Science University (Portland, OR)
Program Name: Doctor of Nursing Practice - Adult-Gerontology CNS, Masters in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg, PA)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health & Illness, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Community Health
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
DeSales University (Center Valley, PA)
Program Name: Adult Advanced Practice Nurse/CNS
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Gannon University (Erie, PA)
Program Name: Medical-Surgical CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Gwynedd-Mercy College (Gwynedd Valley, PA)
Program Name: CNS in Gerontology, CNS in Oncology, CNS in Pediatrics
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Holy Family University (Bensalem, PA / Newtown, PA / Philadelphia, PA)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Community Health CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
La Salle University (Philadelphia, PA)
Program Name: Adult Health and Illness CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Misericordia University (Dallas, PA)
Program Name: Adult Health CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
Program Name: Adult Health CNS, Clinical Trials Research CNS, Community Health CNS, Gerontology CNS, Nursing Administration CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Thomas Jefferson University (Danville, PA / Philadelphia, PA)
Program Name: Acute Care (NP and/or CNS), Adult Health (NP and/or CNS), Pediatric (NP and/or CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist Option
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult Medical-Surgical, Clinical Nurse Specialist - Psychiatric Mental Health
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
West Chester University of Pennsylvania (West Chester, PA)
Program Name: Community Health Nursing (CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Wilkes University (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
Program Name: Gerontological Nursing (CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
York College of Pennsylvania (York, PA)
Program Name: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Rhode Island

Rhode Island College (Providence, RI)
Program Name: Adult Health / Acute Care CNS, Public Health / Community Leadership (with CNS option)
University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health & Gerontology CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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South Carolina

Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
Program Name: Adult/Gerontological Nursing (CNS), Child/Adolescent Nursing (CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)
Program Name: Acute Care Clinical Specialist, Community/Public Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner/Specialist or Clinical Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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South Dakota

Mount Marty College (Yankton, SD)
Program Name: Masters in Nursing (Advanced Public Health Nurse Leader) (online)
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Tennessee

King College (Bristol, TN / Knoxville, TN)
Program Name: MSN - Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)
Program Name: Adult Clinical Specialist, Pediatric Clinical Specialist, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Women’s Health Clinical Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Union University (Jackson, TN)
Program Name: Nurse Practitioner/CNS Track
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
Program Name: Clinical Management
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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Texas

Angelo State University (San Angelo, TX)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Nursing (online), RN-MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Nursing (online)
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi, TX)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult Health (Medical-Surgical)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Texas Woman's University (Dallas, TX / Denton, TX / Houston, TX)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
Program Name: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Master of Science in Nursing - Holistic Adult Health CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (Houston, TX)
Program Name: Acute Care Nursing (CNS or NP), Adult Health (CNS NP or Education), Gerontological Nursing (CNS NP or Education)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
Program Name: Critical Care Nursing (Clinical Nurse Specialist), Medical-Surgical Nursing (Clinical Nurse Specialist)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas-Pan American (Edinburg, TX)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Health CNS
University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Utah

Brigham Young University (Provo, UT)
Program Name: Adult Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Vermont

The University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)
Program Name: Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse (CNS or NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Virginia

Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA)
Program Name: Community Health CNS (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Radford University (Radford, VA)
Program Name: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (online), Geronotology Clinical Nurse Specialist (online)
Shenandoah University (Winchester, VA)
Program Name: Psychiatric Mental Health (CNS NP or CNS/NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
Program Name: Acute and Specialty Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)
Program Name: Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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Washington

Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, WA)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
Program Name: Advanced Practice Forensic Nurse Specialist (APFNS), Clinical Nurse Specialist (Neonatal or Perinatal)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Wisconsin

Alverno College (Milwaukee, WI)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist / Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)
Program Name: Adult CNS, Older Adults CNS, Pediatric Primary Care NP/CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Eau Claire, WI)
Program Name: Medical-Surgical CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI)
Program Name: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (online), Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (online), Maternal/Child Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (online), Nursing Systems Clinical Nurse Specialist (online), Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (online)