CNS Program Directory

State School Website Program/Degree with CNS Option CNS Population(s)
Alabama University of South Alabama www.southalabama.edu MS, DNP, & Certificate Adult-Gero
Alaska No CNS Programs
Arizona No CNS Programs
Arkansas Arkansas State University www.astate.edu MS Adult-Gero
Arkansas University of Arkansas www.uark.edu MS, DNP Adult-Gero
California Azusa Pacific University www.apu.edu MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero; Pediatric
California California State University, Dominguez Hills www.csudh.edu MS, Certificate Adult-Gero; Pediatric
California California State University-Fresno www.csufresno.edu MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero; Pediatric
California Loma Linda University www.llu.edu DNP Adult-Gero; Pediatric
California Point Loma Nazarene University www.pointloma.edu MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero; Pediatric; FALS
California San Diego State University www.sdsu.edu MS Adult-Gero
California UCLA www.ucla.edu MS Adult-Gero; Pediatric
California University of California at San Francisco www.ucsf.edu MS Adult-Gero; Neonatal
California University of San Diego www.sandiego.edu MS Adult-Gero
California California State-San Marcos www.csusm.edu MS Adult-Gero; Pediatric
California California Baptist University www.calbaptist.edu MS, Certificate Adult-Gero
California San Francisco State University www.sfsu.edu MS Adult-Gero; Pediatric; Womens Hlth
Colorado University of Colorado at Denver www.ucdenver.edu MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero
Connecticut Western Connecticut State University www.wcsu.edu MS Adult-Gero
Delaware Wesley College www.wesley.edu MS, Certificate Adult-Gero
Florida University of Central Florida www.ucf.edu MS Adult-Gero
Idaho No CNS Programs
Illinois Governor’s State University www.govst.edu MSN Adult Healthcare
Illinois Loyola University Chicago www.luc.edu MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero
Illinois Rush University www.rushu.rush.edu DNP Adult-Gero, Neonatal, Pediatric
Indiana Indiana University-IUPUI www.nursing.iupui.edu MS, Certificate Adult-Gero, Pediatric
Indiana Purdue University Northwest www.pnw.edu MS, Certificate Adult-Gero
Indiana University of Southern Indiana www.usi.edu MS, Certificate Adult-Gero
Iowa No CNS Programs
Kansas No CNS Programs  
Kentucky University of Kentucky www.uky.edu DNP Adult-Gero
Louisiana Louisiana State University www.lsuhsc.edu DNP Adult-Gero
Maine No CNS Programs
Maryland Johns Hopkins University www.jhu.edu DNP Adult-Gero, Adult Gero Critical Care, Pediatric
Maryland Uniformed Services University www.usuhs.edu MS, DNP Adult-Gero;
Massachusetts University of Massachusetts-Boston www.umb.edu MS Adult-Gero Acute Care
Michigan East Michigan University www.emich.edu MS, DNP, & Certificate Adult-Gero
Michigan Michigan State University www.msu.edu BS, MS, DNP, Adult-Gero;
Michigan University of Detroit www.udmercy.edu MS, DNP,  Certificate Adult-Gero
Minnesota Winona State University www.winona.edu MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero
Minnesota University of Minnesota www.umn.edu MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero, Pediatric
Mississippi No CNS Programs
Missouri University of Missouri-Columbia, MU Sinclair www.missouri.edu 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 www.binghamton.edu MS Adult-Gero
New York College of Staten Island www.csi.cuny.edu MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero
New York Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing www.hunter.cuny.edu MS Adult-Gero
New York Malloy College www.molloy.edu MS, Certificate Adult-Gero
New York Saint John Fisher College-Rochester www.sjfc.edu MS Adult-Gero
New York Sage Colleges www.sage.edu MS, Certificate Adult-Gero
North Carolina East Carolina University www.ecu.edu MS Adult-Gero; Neonatal
North Dakota No CNS Programs
Ohio Capital University www.capital.edu Certificate Adult-Gero
Ohio Kent State University www.kent.edu MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero
Ohio Ohio State University www.osu.edu MS Adult-Gero
Ohio Ursuline College www.ursuline.edu MS, Certificate Adult Gero
Ohio University of Akron www.uakron.edu MS-Call before applying Adult Gero
Oklahoma University of Oklahoma www.ouhsc.edu MS, Certificate Adult Gero
Oregon No CNS Programs
Pennsylvania DeSales University www.desales.edu MS, Certificate Adult Gero
Pennsylvania Gwynedd-Mercy College http://www.gmercyu.edu/ MS Adult Gero
Pennsylvania La Salle University www.lasalle.edu MS, Certificate Adult Gero
Pennsylvania Widener University www.widener.edu MS, DNP, Certificate Adult Gero
Pennsylvania West Chester University of Pennsylvania www.wcupa.edu/ MS Adult Gero
Pennsylvania York College of Pennsylvania www.ycp.edu MS Adult Gero
Rhode Island Rhode Island College www.ric.edu MS Adult Gero
Rhode Island University of Rhode Island www.uri.edu MS, DNP, Certificate Adult Gero
South Carolina No CNS Programs
South Dakota No CNS Programs
Tennessee University of Tennessee-Knoxville www.utk.edu MSN, Certificate Adult-Gero
Texas Texas Christian University www.tcu.edu DNP, MSN, Certificate Adult-Gero & Pediatric
Texas University of Texas-Austin www.utexas.edu MSN Adult-Gero
Texas University of the Incarnate Word www.uiw.edu MSN, Certificate Adult Health/Gerontology
Utah No CNS Programs
Vermont No CNS Programs
Virginia Old Dominion University www.odu.edu MSN Adult-Gero, Pediatric, Neonate
Virginia University of Virginia www.virginia.edu MSN Adult-Gero Acute Care
Virginia Virginia Commonwealth University www.vcu.edu/ MSN Acute Care
Washington Seattle Pacific University www.spu.edu MSN Adult-Gero, Pediatric
Washington University of Washington www.washington.edu DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero, Perinatal, Pediatric
Washington Georgetown University www.georgetown.edu DNP Adult-Gero Acute Care
Wisconsin Alverno College www.alverno.edu MS, Certificate Adult-Gero
Wisconsin Marquette University www.marquette.edu MS, DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero
Wisconsin University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire www.uwec.edu DNP Adult-Gero
Wisconsin University of Wisconsin-Madison www.wisc.edu DNP, Certificate Adult-Gero
Wisconsin University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee www.uwm.edu 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: info@nacns.org

Last Updated:  5/23/2019