Clinical Nurse Specialist; Post Master's (major; MSN)

Nurses with a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree may seek the post-master’s CNS certificate to be eligible for ANCC certification. Students who successfully complete a series of three CNS courses and a 0-credit orientation complete this certification in three semesters. Students must have successfully completed courses in advanced practice roles, advanced pathophysiology, advanced physical assessment, and advanced pharmacology in their previous MSN curriculum; if not, those courses must be taken as well to be eligible for certification. A transcript evaluation of the student’s master’s program determines which courses are needed. The program requires at least 575 practicum hours.

Note: Readiness for initial advanced practice nurse prescriber application requires a clinical pharmacology course within the three preceding years.

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Clinical Nurse Specialist

Clinical Nurse Specialist Prerequisites
The following courses are required for entry into the program:
MSN-615Adv Practice Roles & Nursing Theory3
MSN-621Advanced Physiology & Pathphysiology3
MSN-622Advanced Health & Physical Assessment2
MSN-623Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics3
Clinical Nurse Specialist Sequence Program
MSN-600AOrientation Post MSN Students0
MSN-700Adv Prac Nrsg: Ind & Population-Bsd Hlth3
MSN-700PCNS Practicum 12
MSN-701Advanced Practice Nursing 13
MSN-701PCNS Practicum 22
MSN-730Adv Prac Nrsng: Ldrshp System Improvemnt3
MSN-730PCNS Practicum 32

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