University of Detroit Mercy

McAuley School of Nursing

Post-Masters Certificate in Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Post-Masters Certificate in Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

Format: Online

Program Description:

Nurses with a master’s degree in nursing will enhance their career opportunities by becoming a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). In the healthcare setting, the CNS is the nursing expert in handling complex patient care issues, for teaching and mentoring staff nurses and designing and evaluating system-wide quality improvement programs. Additionally, a CNS is the minimal expectation for teaching nursing in academic settings. The program is taught on-line in a flexible and student-centered format with course and faculty availability seven days a week. Students need not be a resident of Michigan to be in the program. Clinical sites and qualified preceptors are identified near the student’s home to complete the required clinical component in the role of the CNS. The certificate program includes advanced learning in the areas of physical assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology. Course content is focused on the competencies of CNS practice and includes 500 supervised practice hours to be completed over two semesters. At completion, the nurse will be eligible to sit for the certification examination for the Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


Undergraduate and graduate programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Questions or comments on accreditation can be directly forwarded to: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530 Washington, DC 20036-1120 202-887-6791 202-887-8476

International Student Requirements:

All course work completed outside the U.S. and Canada must be formally evaluated by either the World Education Services or the Educational Credential Evaluators. A course-by-course/detailed evaluation report is required by the University of Detroit Mercy. Official evaluation results are to be mailed from the agency to the following address: University of Detroit Mercy, Admissions Office, 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221-3038

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 18

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 2010-2011: $730 credit hour (CHP/MSON discounted USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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