CNS Program Directory

State School Website Program/Degree with CNS Option CNS Population(s)
Alabama University of South Alabama MS, DNP, & Certificate Adult-Gero
Alaska No CNS Programs
Arizona No CNS Programs
Arkansas Arkansas State University MS Adult-Gero
Arkansas University of Arkansas MS, DNP Adult-Gero
California Azusa Pacific University MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero; Pediatric
California California State University, Dominguez Hills MS, Certificate Adult-Gero; Pediatric
California California State University-Fresno MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero; Pediatric
California Loma Linda University DNP Adult-Gero; Pediatric
California Point Loma Nazarene University MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero; Pediatric; FALS
California San Diego State University MS Adult-Gero
California UCLA MS Adult-Gero; Pediatric
California University of California at San Francisco MS Adult-Gero; Neonatal
California University of San Diego MS Adult-Gero
California California State-San Marcos MS Adult-Gero; Pediatric
California California Baptist University MS, Certificate Adult-Gero
California San Francisco State University MS Adult-Gero; Pediatric; Womens Hlth
Colorado University of Colorado at Denver MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero
Connecticut Western Connecticut State University MS Adult-Gero
Delaware Wesley College MS, Certificate Adult-Gero
Florida University of Central Florida MS Adult-Gero
Idaho No CNS Programs
Illinois Governor’s State University MSN Adult Healthcare
Illinois Loyola University Chicago MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero
Illinois Rush University DNP Adult-Gero, Neonatal, Pediatric
Indiana Indiana University-IUPUI MS, Certificate Adult-Gero, Pediatric
Indiana Purdue University Northwest MS, Certificate Adult-Gero
Indiana University of Southern Indiana MS, Certificate Adult-Gero
Iowa No CNS Programs
Kansas No CNS Programs  
Kentucky University of Kentucky DNP Adult-Gero
Louisiana Louisiana State University DNP Adult-Gero
Maine No CNS Programs
Maryland Johns Hopkins University DNP Adult-Gero, Adult Gero Critical Care, Pediatric
Maryland Uniformed Services University MS, DNP Adult-Gero;
Massachusetts University of Massachusetts-Boston MS Adult-Gero Acute Care
Michigan East Michigan University MS, DNP, & Certificate Adult-Gero
Michigan Michigan State University BS, MS, DNP, Adult-Gero;
Michigan University of Detroit MS, DNP,  Certificate Adult-Gero
Minnesota Winona State University MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero
Minnesota University of Minnesota MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero, Pediatric
Mississippi No CNS Programs
Missouri University of Missouri-Columbia, MU Sinclair DNP Adult-Gero
Montana No CNS Programs
Nebraska No CNS Programs
Nevada No CNS Programs
New Jersey No CNS Programs
New Mexico No CNS Programs
New York Binghamton University MS Adult-Gero
New York College of Staten Island MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero
New York Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing MS Adult-Gero
New York Malloy College MS, Certificate Adult-Gero
New York Saint John Fisher College-Rochester MS Adult-Gero
New York Sage Colleges MS, Certificate Adult-Gero
North Carolina East Carolina University MS Adult-Gero; Neonatal
North Dakota No CNS Programs
Ohio Capital University Certificate Adult-Gero
Ohio Kent State University MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero
Ohio Ohio State University MS Adult-Gero
Ohio Ursuline College MS, Certificate Adult Gero
Ohio University of Akron MS-Call before applying Adult Gero
Oklahoma University of Oklahoma MS, Certificate Adult Gero
Oregon No CNS Programs
Pennsylvania DeSales University MS, Certificate Adult Gero
Pennsylvania Gwynedd-Mercy College MS Adult Gero
Pennsylvania La Salle University MS, Certificate Adult Gero
Pennsylvania Widener University MS, DNP, Certificate Adult Gero
Pennsylvania West Chester University of Pennsylvania MS Adult Gero
Pennsylvania York College of Pennsylvania MS Adult Gero
Rhode Island Rhode Island College MS Adult Gero
Rhode Island University of Rhode Island MS, DNP, Certificate Adult Gero
South Carolina No CNS Programs
South Dakota No CNS Programs
Tennessee University of Tennessee-Knoxville MSN, Certificate Adult-Gero
Texas Texas Christian University DNP, MSN, Certificate Adult-Gero & Pediatric
Texas University of Texas-Austin MSN Adult-Gero
Texas University of the Incarnate Word MSN, Certificate Adult Health/Gerontology
Utah No CNS Programs
Vermont No CNS Programs
Virginia Old Dominion University MSN Adult-Gero, Pediatric, Neonate
Virginia University of Virginia MSN Adult-Gero Acute Care
Virginia Virginia Commonwealth University MSN Acute Care
Washington Seattle Pacific University MSN Adult-Gero, Pediatric
Washington University of Washington DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero, Perinatal, Pediatric
Washington Georgetown University DNP Adult-Gero Acute Care
Wisconsin Alverno College MS, Certificate Adult-Gero
Wisconsin Marquette University MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero
Wisconsin University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire DNP Adult-Gero
Wisconsin University of Wisconsin-Madison DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero
Wisconsin University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero; Pediatric; Womens Hlth
Wyoming No CNS Programs


Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Program Directory

This CNS Program Directory provides a list of currently active CNS programs in the United States that offer entry level preparation in the CNS role. The NACNS Education Committee revised the previous directory list during 2017-2019 through website review, AACN survey data, and some follow-up contacts with schools or colleges.

Information provided in the list includes: 

  1. a) State; b) University or College Name; c) World Wide Web Address;
  2. d) Program or Degree(s) that offer entry level CNS preparation, which may include Masters Degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree; or Post Graduate Certificate Program
  3. e) CNS Populations offered, which may include Adult-Gero, Family Across the Lifespan (FALS), Neonatal, Pediatric, or Women’s Health.

To request additions or deletions to the list, please contact: 

Michelle Matz at the following e-mail:

Last Updated:  5/23/2019