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Post Master's Clinical Nurse Specialist

Certificate & Licensure Programs

Post Master's Clinical Nurse Specialist

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 600 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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