CNS Program Directory

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Alverno

Wisconsin

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Augustana Univeristy

South Dakota

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Online

Azusa Pacific University

California

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN, MSN-DNP, Pediatric, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Binghamton University

New York

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Clemson University

South Carolina

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN

Onsite/Online:

Campus

College of Staten Island – CUNY

New York

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN, MSN-DNP, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Colorado Christian University

Colorado

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN

Onsite/Online:

Online

CSU-Dominguez Hills

California

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN, Neonatal, Pediatric, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Online

DeSales University

Pennsylvania

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN, Neonatal, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Notes:

certificate - adult gero only

East Carolina University

North Carolina

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN, MSN-DNP, Neonatal, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Online

Notes:

full time and part time options

Eastern Michigan University

Michigan

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN, MSN-DNP

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Edgewood College

Wisconsin

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Online

Emory & Henry

Virginia

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN

Onsite/Online:

Campus, Online

Notes:

new program CNS/NE--type of CNS unclear

Governor’s State University

Illinois

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN, MSN-DNP

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Hunter College

New York

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Indiana University-Purdue University

Indiana

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN, Pediatric, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Kent State University

Ohio

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN, MSN-DNP, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Online

Loma Linda University

California

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP

Onsite/Online:

Hybrid

Louisiana State University

Louisiana

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Notes:

dual AG-ACNP & AG-CNS program

Loyola University Chicago

Illinois

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Online

Michigan State University

Michigan

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN, MSN-DNP, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Online

Molloy College

New York

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN, MSN-DNP

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Mount Saint Mary’s University

California

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Nebraska Methodist College

Nebraska

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP

Onsite/Online:

Online

Old Dominion University

Virginia

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN, MSN-DNP, Neonatal, Pediatric, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Notes:

AG CNS with NE

Point Loma Nazaren University

California

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN, Pediatric, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Notes:

Also Women's Health Track

Purdue University Northwest

Indiana

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Rhode Island College

Rhode Island

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN, MSN-DNP, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Campus, Hybrid

Rush University Medical Center

Illinois

Programs:

BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP, Neonatal, Pediatric

Onsite/Online:

Hybrid, Online

Notes:

Hybrid - Acute care; online - peds/neo

San Diego State University

California

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Notes:

AG critical care

San Francisco State University

California

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN, Neonatal, Pediatric, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Notes:

Also Women's Health Track

St. John Fisher College

New York

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP

Onsite/Online:

Campus

St. Josephs University

New York

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Maryland

Programs:

BSN-DNP, MSN, MSN-DNP

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Notes:

Specializes in peri-op; Active duty only

University of California-Los Angeles

California

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN, Pediatric

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Notes:

Also have dual CNS/NP for AG-acute care & pediatrics

University of California-San Francisco

California

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP, Neonatal, Pediatric

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Notes:

Pediatric and Acute Care Pediatric NP combined, oncology, criticalcare/trauma

University of Colorado–Denver

Colorado

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN, MSN-DNP, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Hybrid

University of Detroit Mercy

Michigan

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN, MSN-DNP, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Online

University of Maryland

Maryland

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Hybrid

Notes:

dual AG-ACNP & AG-CNS program

University of Minnesota

Minnesota

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP, Pediatric

Onsite/Online:

Hybrid, Online

University of Missouri

Missouri

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN, MSN-DNP, Pediatric

Onsite/Online:

Online

Notes:

option to chose dual emphasis; on line requires travel to campus

University of Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN, MSN-DNP, Neonatal, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Online

University of Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP

Onsite/Online:

Campus, Online

Notes:

Online = msn-dnp

University of San Diego

California

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN

Onsite/Online:

Campus

University of South Alabama

Alabama

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN, MSN-DNP

Onsite/Online:

Online

University of Southern Indiana

Indiana

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN, MSN-DNP, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Online

University of Texas-Austin

Texas

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Campus

University of Virginia

Virginia

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN, MSN-DNP

Onsite/Online:

Campus, Online

University of Washington

Washington

Programs:

BSN-DNP, Pediatric

Onsite/Online:

Hybrid

Notes:

Also Women's Health Track

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Wisconsin

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP

Onsite/Online:

Hybrid

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Wisconsin

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP, Pediatric, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Campus, Online

Notes:

DNP/MBA- onsite

Ursuline College

Ohio

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Campus

West Chester University

Pennsylvania

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN, MSN-DNP

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Western Connecticut State University

Connecticut

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN, MSN-DNP

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Widener University

Kansas

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, MSN, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Campus

Widner University

Pennsylvania

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN, MSN-DNP, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Campus, Hybrid, Online

Notes:

MSN-DNP - not CNS specific; BSN-DNP = hybrid

Winona State University

Minnesota

Programs:

Adult-Gerontology, BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP, Post-Graduate Certificate

Onsite/Online:

Campus

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 Graduate Education Committee revised the previous directory list in 2023 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.

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