About this Program

Boost your career by adding a post-master's clinical nurse specialist certificate to your master's in nursing degree. At the end of this program, you'll be eligible to sit for the national certification exam required to become an adult gerontology clinical nurse specialist and subsequently eligible for state licensure.

Meet the need. Clinical nurse specialists are...

  • In demand: According to a CNN Money report, CNSs were ranked the 7th best job in America with an anticipated growth of 20% over the next 10 years.
  • Top earners: CNSs earn a medium salary of $82,000 with a top salary of $130,000.
  • Vital to society: CNSs are necessary to provide leadership, mentoring and insight to other nurses as the demand for nurses continues to increase.

Expand your abilities. Clinical nurse specialists work with...

  • Patients and clients: CNSs still participate in direct patient care but typically in a specialized area of practice.
  • Nurses: A CNS can act as a mentor to other nurses, helping convert evidence-based, clinical research into the practical applications of every day work with patients.
  • Organizations and systems: CNSs achieve systemic change by sharing their observations and specialized knowledge with policy-makers.

Eastern's program is unique in that it's offered conveniently at our EMU–Livonia site. You’ll benefit from the knowledge and hands-on practice of highly qualified faculty, while having the opportunity to learn in a variety of settings for clinical experiences. And, if you're interested in continuing your education beyond your graduate degree, Eastern also offers a doctorate in nursing practice that you can complete in an additional two years.

At a Glance

  • One year, (three, consecutive semesters with one–two courses each)


  • Number of credits: 19 with 550 clinical practice hours


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Contact Us

School of Nursing
311 Everett L. Marshall Building
Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA 48197

Additional Information

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Call: 734.487.2310
  • Office: 311 Everett L. Marshall Building