Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) specialties offers the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and the Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. These two clinical areas of content and advanced practice prepare nurses to work in acute, primary, or long-term care settings.

Students enrolling in one of these CNS specialties should familiarize themselves with the general MSN coursework, as those course requirements will need to be completed before students may begin the CNS specialty curriculum. Nurses who already have an MSN from APU or another institution may enroll in a Post-Master’s Certificate program to obtain their CNS specialty.

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School of Nursing Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The master's degree in nursing and the post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Azusa Pacific University are accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2017 rankings, placing at No. 183 in Tier One of the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2017 Best Colleges in the West, Forbes ranked APU among the best schools in the nation for 2017, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2017, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their education dreams.

APU’s School of Nursing promotes an ongoing holistic approach to healthcare. I hear people compare Azusa Pacific to UCLA, and the edge often goes to APU because of the Christian perspective. Nurses can gain clinical skills almost anywhere, but it is the spiritual aspect, investing personally in the patient, that builds trust and promotes healing.

Debbie Tracy, FNP, Parent-Child CNSCardiothoracic Surgery CNS, Covina, CA
Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.