Not sure status of CNS, what describes one?

by Forest2 Forest2 Member

I am just trying to decipher exactly what is a CNS. I have a MSN and I am certified as a Gerontology Nurse. According to some descriptors I have read this qualifies as a CNS and according to other descriptors I am required to get a MSN in gerontology. Can anyone clarify this for me? Thanks for your input.

WestCoastSunRN, MSN, CNS

Specializes in CVICU, MICU, Burn ICU. Has 26 years experience. 496 Posts

Here's a good place to start.

What is a CNS?

To become a CNS, you must complete a masters or doctoral program for CNS (this is a specialized curriculum just as the other APRN roles have specialized, role-specific curricula), and then write for a national certification test which is offered through two organizations.

Hope this helps.



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Thank you West Coast!


traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 30 years experience. 164 Articles; 21,179 Posts

I want to add that CNS is a protected title just like RN and APN.