This has been helpful.
Part of my confusion comes from different Doctor's Offices I've been to. I've seen both and been cared for personally by both the CNS and the NP in the primary care setting, so I didn't understand the differences. Eventually I think I'd want to work in a clinic or primary care type of setting, so I'm assuming NP would probably be the way to go over CNS.
I did look at the specialty options for both and interestingly a lot of the areas do offer a degree similar for both CNS and NP. For instance you can get either CNS or NP in areas such as Family, acute care, occupational, women's health, psych, peds, neonate...and several others..... And then there are some specialty areas where it looks like you need the CNS, for instance, Rehab, cardiac care, infectious Disease, Med/Surg, etc.. So while a large portion of the specialty options do seem to overlap, there are a number of areas of specialty that seem to be CNS only.