Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Clinical Nurse Specialist has 2 options:

  • Adult-Gero CNS
  • Pediatric CNS

These options prepare the graduate to assume a leadership role with advanced skills, knowledge, and competence in a specific area of clinical nursing. Students in these options will demonstrate competence in the areas of expert clinical practice, educator, research, consultation, and clinical leadership. CNS graduates meet the requirements for clinical nurse specialist certification through the California Board of Registered Nursing and may apply to  sit for the ANCC certification examination.

Master of Science Degree Requirements

Under the direction of the graduate coordinator, each student prepares and submits an individually designed program based on the following:

Core courses in nursing (13 units)
NURS 211, 212, 221, 223, 225

Role Specialization (28 units) 
Adult-Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist

 NURS 210, 235, 236, 240, 241, 242, 253, 254


Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
NURS 210, 237, 238, 240, 241, 242, 255, 256

Elective (3 units)
NURS 233

Culminating Experience
Thesis (NURS 299) or Project (NURS 298) (3 units) 
 Minimum total (44 units)

Sample Course Schedule Adult-Gero CNS

Sample Course Schedule Pediatric CNS

Masters of Science in Nursing Program Application and Deadlines