What is a CNS?
Clinical Nurse Specialists are Advanced Practice Nurse leaders who have the clinical expertise and professional skills to provide care across a defined population and take an active role in improving healthcare delivery. To learn more visit the NACNS website.
Can someone who is busy with work and family responsibilities still earn an MSN?
Yes! The Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult-Geronotology and Nursing-Education concentration at MSU College of Nursing is now being offered in a totally online format. Courses are offered in a traditional semester format, but you can log on to your course work at any time and day of the week that is convenient for you. The College of Nursing has a long history of providing a quality learning experience to distance, lifelong learning, and working students. You will be taking 3-9 credits a semester, which is manageable with work and family responsibilities. Students may elect to reduce their semester credit load and extend the length of their program to best meet individual needs.
Some courses require clinical internship experiences which will require scheduling of hours with qualified preceptors within your geographic region.
Why should a nurse earn an MSN in Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult Gereontology with a focus in Nursing Education?
The clinical nurse specialist plays a key educational role in clinical and academic settings. Nursing education today is very challenging. Nurse educators need to be clinical experts and be able to develop, design and deliver curricula to other nurses or student nurses in a classroom and/or clinical setting. MSN CNS-ED prepared nurses have more career options and job flexibility available to them, as earning your MSN expands your professional horizons. Also, earning your MSN may be a stepping stone to earning your PhD.
What should a student do prior to starting at Michigan State University?
The admission process begins with contacting an MSN advisor, submitting an application and transcripts to Michigan State University. You may contact an advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org, (517) 353-4827 or (800) 605-6424.
What is the minimum GPA required for Admission?
In order to be eligible for application to any of the MSN Programs, students must have a minimum of a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) from the last half of their baccalaureate nursing program.
How Competitive is the Admissions Process?
Admission to the MSN Programs is increasingly competitive. Below is a summary of our admission profile for the class admitted in fall 2015.
- Average years of nursing experience: 6.31 years
- Average GPA: 3.55
- Range of Experience: 1-17 years GPA Range: 3.02-3.95
What if my Bachelors Degree in Nursing is in progress? Do I have to have my degree conferred before I can apply to the MSN Program?
If you have an Associates Degree in Nursing and are already licensed as a Registered Nurse and are currently enrolled in a BSN Completion Program, YES, you may apply while your degree is in progress. Your degree must be conferred by the start of fall semester in order to be considered for admission. If you are in a traditional BSN or Accelerated BSN Program and have not yet taken NCLEX, YES, you may apply while your degree is in progress. Your degree must be conferred, and you must document successful passing of NCLEX by the start of the program in fall semester.
How often does a new group of MSN in CNS-Nursing Education students start the program?
A new group of students begin the program every fall.
How many credits from classes taken elsewhere can be transferred to Michigan State University?
You may transfer up to 12 graduate level credits from another college or university to Michigan State University.
Do I need to submit all documents at once?
Yes. Please follow the instructions on the website. All materials must be received by the deadline. All documents must be submitted in order for a student to be eligible for an interview.
When applying to MSU, what major code do I use?
Clinical Nurse Specialist-Education students use 4016.
When is the deadline for applying?
October 15th (early decision) and March 1st (regular decision). Applications received after March 1st will be considered on an individual basis dependent upon qualifications and program capacity.
How do I know if I’ve been admitted?
Students who have submitted complete applications and are chosen for interview will be contacted by the College. After an interview is completed, the applicants will be reviewed by a committee and a final decision letter sent. The process can take two months or more. Students denied admission at any point during the admission process are sent letters via postal mail.
Please note that students admitted provisionally are not eligible for financial aid (government grants, loans) until the provision is lifted. It is recommended that you complete all requirements before starting the program.
If the applicant's Statistics course was taken more than five years ago, does it fulfill the prerequisite?
A successful applicant will have completed a qualifying three (3) credit undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a grade of 2.0 (4.0 scale) or better within five years of the program start date.
What if the applicant is taking a qualifying statistics course at the time of enrollment, but the course will not be completed until after the application deadline?
You must be able to provide documentation showing that you have completed a qualifying statistics course with a 2.0 or better or show evidence of a course in progress. Any student admitted without having statistics complete will be admitted provisionally until the requirement is met. Deadline for completion of the statistics course is the end of summer semester prior to the start of the program.
How long does it take to earn the CNS-Education degree from MSU?
Once you are admitted to the CNS – Education concentration, you can complete the program in 5 semesters (full time) or 8 semesters (part time). Since the course work in the program is sequential, any deviation in the progression of course work needs to be discussed with the MSN Advisor.
Will a student need to come to campus?
We require a mandatory on-campus orientation in August prior to starting the program. All courses in the program are in a totally online format.
Is a math course required?
An undergraduate statistics course within the last five years of admission date must be completed. For questions, please contact the MSN advisor.
Is the GRE required?
Are any clinical courses required?
Yes, several of the courses have a clinical component that will include internship rotations in a clinical and academic setting. Nursing 866 is an Academic Education Internship which involves 90 hours of student teaching in an academic environment and NUR 807 is a Clinical Decision Making course which requires a 90 hour clinical internship experience during the spring semester of your second year. In addition, NUR 862 and NUR 864 are courses offered during the final year and require internships related to the clinical nurse specialist role. These internship experiences take place in a clinical setting and require a minimum of 250 clinical internship hours working with an approved certified clinical nurse specialist. These internship requirements can generally be completed within your community. Clinical and academic preceptors, in addition to the internship placement site will need to meet certain criteria that are established by the College of Nursing.
How much does the program cost?
Tuition costs change every year. For the most current information go to www.ctlr.msu.edu.
Is financial aid available?
There are scholarships available for MSN students from the College of Nursing, and you are encouraged to apply for them. You may also check with the Michigan State University Office of Financial Aid for further assistance. Many agencies also offer tuition reimbursement. Please consult your employer for more information. You can also check with your state Board of Nursing to see how many continuing education credits are granted for university course work.