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Clinical Nurse Specialist

Prepare for a career in advanced practice with a focus on either adult-gerontology or pediatric populations.

Clinical Nurse Specialist student in a patient room simulation

As a clinical nurse specialist, you’ll bring leadership, clinical expertise and innovation to the workplace. Being a CNS means you’ll influence health care outcomes by direct care, expert consultation and implementing quality improvement.

Registered nurses with a BSN are eligible to apply for our doctor of nursing practice program. This innovative, solution-focused program combines online course work with an on-campus intensive session and is designed to prepare you to solve complex problems and develop new opportunities in health care. A DNP provides terminal academic preparation for nursing practice, and we’ll prepare you for clinical leadership positions in a variety of settings.

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Sample Courses


  • The CNS and Professional Practice
  • Decision Science and Informatics
  • Diagnostic Reasoning and Advanced Patient Management
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Special Admission Requirements


Learn about program admission requirements at our graduate nursing admission page.

What Sets Us Apart


  • Learn from faculty who are outstanding educators, researchers, and practitioners committed to your success.
  • Benefit from coursework delivered online through an interactive learning platform.
  • Hone your leadership skills through interaction with fellow students, faculty, and community partnerships.
  • Join the distinguished TCU alumni network.

Career Prospects


  • Demand for advanced practice nurses is expected to grow 31% between 2012 and 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Salaries for clinical nurse specialists range from $65,000 to $110,000 per year.