Clinical Nurse Specialist Graduate Programs

We offer two tracks to reach your educational and professional goals of becoming a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS).  You can choose to either complete the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)-CNS or continue to add the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)-Executive Leadership degree as well.

The advantage to Edgewood College’s program structure is that after receiving the MSN-CNS, you can seek certification and work in that capacity while continuing on with your doctoral level coursework to complete your DNP.

MSN-Clinical Nurse Specialist AND
MSN-Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Gerontology

MSN-Clinical Nurse Specialist
AND DNP-Executive Leadership

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Admission Requirements

  1. Provide evidence of a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from a nursing program accredited by a national nursing accreditation body with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application to the Edgewood College graduate program.
  2. Complete and submit graduate application (including $30 fee) to Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions.
  3. Request that official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from any post-secondary institutions be sent directly to Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions.
  4. Provide two letters of recommendation from nursing supervisors, and/or colleagues who can focus on the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school.
  5. Submit a written statement, no more than 500 words, addressing your ambition to be admitted specifically into Edgewood College’s MSN program. Please also comment on your past educational and professional experiences that will foster your growth and success in this program.
  6. Currently hold a license as a registered professional nurse.
  7. Prior to beginning the MSN program’s practicum requirements, students will be required to complete a health form, criminal background check, and proof of a current RN license from the state/country in which they plan to complete their practicum.

Application Deadlines:

August 1st for fall
January 1st for spring
May 1st for summer 

**Note application process exception for candidates who already have an Edgewood College BSN:  Those who have earned a BSN from Edgewood College within the past 3 years, received at least a 3.0 GPA, and have obtained the registered nurse license are guaranteed admission into the MSN program upon application. No further application materials need be submitted. If a candidate has not met the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement, he/she must apply and meet all of the admission requirements to be considered for admittance.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Attending graduate school is one of the best investments you will ever make in yourself and your future. While the benefits related to personal development and growth are priceless, you can also expect your Masters in Nursing or DNP degree to expand your career options and enhance your earning power in the marketplace. Remember, completing your graduate degree is an investment in yourself and your career. Be sure to consider not only the total cost of your education, but think about how that total breaks down in terms of monthly costs, which can make your investment feel more manageable and affordable.

Financing your Edgewood College Degree

Graduate tuition for the 2018-19 year (beginning Summer 2018) is $963 per credit. You can expect that cost to rise by approximately 3.5% per year in the future. Most graduate students are working professionals who take courses part-time. The Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist degree requires completion of a total of 45 credits. Typically, a part-time student completes their MSN in 2-3 years. Based on current tuition rates, the estimated total tuition cost of your Edgewood College MSN degree would be approximately $44,877

The Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist and DNP requires completion of 72 credits. Based on current tuition rates, the estimated total tuition cost of your Edgewood College DNP degree would be approximately $73,932.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans. Learn more about Stafford Loans, including eligibility requirements and application instructions.

Graduate Student Financial Aid

Our admissions and financial aid counselors have worked with thousands of students who have questioned how they could afford to complete their graduate education. They will use their experience to suggest creative solutions for financing your education. We work with students and organizations to manage tuition reimbursement plans, extend tuition discounts to various corporate partners in the region, offer third party billing and monthly payment plans, and work with veterans to maximize their available aid.

Don’t think you can do it? Edgewood College thinks you can!