Critical Care CNS Degrees Online

We found 5 nursing schools with Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist programs in our database. You may consider viewing Clinical Nurse Specialist programs (without any specialty), then speaking with the university admissions department to see which critical care classes they may have.What is a Critical Care Nurse?
Critical care nurses care for the sickest patients in the hospital, often only one or two at a time. Some larger hospitals will further break down their critical care units by specialty or age: Medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Surgical ICU, Pediatric ICU and Cardiac ICU to name a few.

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Many smaller hospitals will combine all critical patients in one large intensive care unit. In addition to workingin anICU, critical care nurses work in emergency rooms, on medical transport teams and with the military on the battlefield.

Patients on these units often require a great deal of care, so critical care nurses learn a considerable amount of advanced monitoring and therapeutic skills. Many nurses report that working in this setting is very stressful because of how quickly a patients status can deteriorate.

Written by Nicole Galan, RN

“Critical care nurses work in emergency rooms, on medical transport teams and with the military on the battlefield.”

The Critical Care Environment

Advanced technological equipment is often utilized in the critical care environment. Nurses will learn to be proficient in mechanical ventilators, intra-aortic balloon pumps, arterial lines, ventricular assist devices (LVAD and RVAD), and other hemodynamic monitoring systems. Since these devices arent taught in most nursing programs, training is provided on the job. Ongoing education is necessary for nurses to keep their skills up to date.

General medical or surgical nursing experience is usually required before progressing to the critical care unit, though in some situations, entry-level nurses will begin working in critical care.

Find a Clinical Nurse Specialist or MSN Specialty Program

Use the below tool by clicking on each tab to quickly find MSN programs in your state, or to search accredited online MSN programs that are currently accepting applicants into their program. Note that all of the programs we have listed are sponsored programs and they may require an RN license to be accepted into their program.

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List of Featured CCNE or ACEN Accredited Online Programs

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List of Featured Online RN to BSN Programs

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Organizations Dedicated to Critical Care

The American Association of Critical Care Nurses offers several certification programs, depending on which patient population you work with and the subspecialty in which you practice. There are specific eligibility requirements that must be met to sit for the exam. Certification is not required to work as a critical care nurse and can be difficult to obtain.

Organizations like the National Flight Nurses Association and The Emergency Nurses Association can provide standards and guidance to nurses working or interested in working in those sub-specialties as well.

List of Critical Care CNS Programs

List of Critical Care CNS Programs

All Critical Care CNS Programs

See below for the list of all of the Critical Care CNS programs in our database.
Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
Alverno College
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist Nurse Educator
American University of Beirut
New York, New York
  • MSN Community and Public Health
Armstrong Atlantic State University
Savannah, Georgia
  • MSN Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Augsburg College
Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • MSN Transcultural Nursing in Community
  • Post Master's Certificate Transcultural Nursing in Community
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, California
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
Benedictine University
Lisle, Illinois
  • Online MSN Public Health
Binghamton University
Binghamton, New York
  • MSN Community Health Nursing
  • Post Master's Community Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
  • MSN Adult Health and Illness Specialization
  • MSN Community Health Specialization
California Baptist University
Riverside, California
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
California State University - Chico
Chico, California
  • Online MSN Adult Health Nursing
California State University - Dominguez Hills
Carson, California
  • Master's Entry Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist Gerontology
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist Parent Child
  • Post Master's Certificate Clinical Nurse Specialist
California State University - Fresno
Fresno, California
  • Master's Entry Clinical Nurse Specialist/ Nurse Educator
  • Master's Entry Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator
  • Master's Entry Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator
California State University - San Bernardino
San Bernardino, California
  • Online MSN Advanced Public Health
  • Online MSN Public Community Health
Catholic University of America - The
Washington, District of Columbia
  • MSN Advanced Public/Community Health Nurse Specialist
Cedarville University
Cedarville, Ohio
  • Online MSN Global Health Ministries
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, Ohio
  • Online MSN Specialized Populations
College of New Jersey - The
Ewing, New Jersey
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
College of New Rochelle
New Rochelle, New York
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist in Holistic Nursing
  • Post Master's Certificate in Clinical Nurse Specialist in Holistic Nursing.
Colorado Christian University
Lakewood, Colorado
  • Online MSN Clinical Care Management in Adult/Geriatric
Delaware State University
Dover, Delaware
  • MSN Public/Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Post Master's Certificate Transcultural/International Nursing
East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina
  • Online MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • MSN Adult Health Nursing
Florida International University
Miami, Florida
  • MSN Advanced Adult Health Nursing
  • MSN Advanced Child Health Nursing
Georgetown University
Washington, District of Columbia
  • Post Master's Certificate Adult Acute & Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, Georgia
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist Community Health
  • Online Post MSN Certificate Clinical Nurse Specialist Community Health
Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia
  • MSN Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner
  • Post Master's Certificate Adult Health Nursing
  • Post Master's Certificate Child Health Nursing
Grand View University
Des Moines, Iowa
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
Idaho State University
Pocatello, Idaho
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Post Master's Certificate Clinical Nurse Specialist
Indiana University Southeast
New Albany, Indiana
  • MSN Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Online MSN Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland
  • Health Systems MNGT/Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN MPH Public Health Nursing
  • MSN Public Health Nursing
  • Online Health Systems MNGT/Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
La Salle University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • MSN Adult Health and Illness Clinical Nurse Specialist
Lehman College-The City University of New York
Bronx, New York
  • MSN Parent-Child Nursing
Liberty University
Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Specialists
Long Island University - C. W. Post Campus
Brookville, New York
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
Loyola University Chicago
Maywood, Illinois
  • MSN Adult Health Advanced Practice Nursing
Malone University
Canton, Ohio
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
Mercer University
Atlanta, Georgia
  • MSN Acute Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Columbus, Ohio
  • MSN Adult Health
Mount Marty College
Yankton, South Dakota
  • MSN Advanced Public Health Leader
Mount Mercy University
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • MSN Health Advocacy
Murray State University
Murray, Kentucky
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Post Master's Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois
  • Online MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia
  • Online MSN Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist/Educator
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, Kansas
  • MSN Clinical Preceptors
Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, California
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
Purdue University Calumet
Hammond, Indiana
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
Regis College
Weston, Massachusetts
  • MSN Adult Acute Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
Sacred Heart University
Fairfield, Connecticut
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
Sage Colleges
Troy, New York
  • MSN Community Health Nursing
Saint Anthony College of Nursing
Rockford, Illinois
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
Peoria, Illinois
  • MSN Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Saint Joseph' s College
Brooklyn, New York
  • MSN Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Saint Xavier University
Chicago, Illinois
  • MSN Clinical Leadership
San Diego State University
San Diego, California
  • MSN Community Health Nursing
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Public Community Health
  • MSN Public Community Health
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, Washington
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
Seattle University
Seattle, Washington
  • MSN Advanced Community Public Health Nursing
  • MSN Advanced Community Public Health Nursing
Seton Hall University
South Orange, New Jersey
  • Master's Entry - Clinical Nurse Leader
Spring Hill College
Mobile, Alabama
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
St. John Fisher College
Rochester, New York
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
Brooklyn, New York
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Stevenson University
Stevenson, Maryland
  • Online MSN Population-Based Care Coordination
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas
  • MSN Adult / Gerontology CNS
  • MSN Pediatric CNS
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Online MSN Adult Gerontology-Clinical Nurse Specialist
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, Maryland
  • MSN Perioparative Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Akron
Akron, Ohio
  • MSN Adult/Gerontological Health Nursing CNS
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville, Alabama
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of California - Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
  • MSN - Masters Entry Clinical Nurse
University of California - San Francisco
San Francisco, California
  • MS Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MS Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist - Critical Care/Trauma
  • MS Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist - Oncology
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida
  • MSN Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio
  • MSN Occupational Health
University of Colorado
Aurora, Colorado
  • MSN Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware
  • Online MSN Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Online MSN Children Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Hartford
West Hartford, Connecticut
  • MSN Public Health
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Graduate Entry Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Online Graduate Entry Advanced Public Health Nursing
  • Online MSN Advanced Public Health Nursing
  • Online MSN Advanced Public Health Nursing
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Incarnate Word
San Antonio, Texas
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Kansas
Kansas City, Kansas
  • Online MSN Public Health Nursing
University of Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland
  • MSN Community/Public Health Nursing
University of Massachusetts Boston
Boston, Massachusetts
  • Online MSN Acute Care Critical Care Nurse Specialist
University of Massachusetts Worcester
Worcester, Massachusetts
  • GEP to MSN Population Health Track
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
  • MSN Nurse Clinical Specialist
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Nevada - Reno
Reno, Nevada
  • MSN Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • MSN Health Care Systems
  • Online MSN Health Care Systems Specialist
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina
  • MSN Community Public Health Nursing
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • MSN Advanced Public Health Nurse
  • Online MSN Advanced Public Health Nursing
University of North Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
  • MSN Adult Gerontology CNS
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN CNS Women's & Children's Hlth
University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • MS CNS Acute Care Track
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • MSN Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Rochester
Rochester, New York
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Leader Track
University of San Diego
San Diego, California
  • MSN Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
University of Scranton
Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • MSN Adult Health Nursing
University of South Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Southern Indiana
Evansville, Indiana
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Knoxville, Tennessee
  • MSN Nursing of Women & Children
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
  • AE-MSN Adult - Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Master's Entry Child Health Administration
  • MSN Adult - Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Adult - Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Child Health Administration
  • MSN Public Health
  • MSN Public Health
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Houston, Texas
  • Online MSN/MPH Dual Degree
University of Texas-Pan American
Edinburg, Texas
  • MSN Adult Health Nursing
University of Toledo
Toledo, Ohio
  • Post-Master's Psychiatric-Mental Health CNS
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist MSN
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington
  • MN Community Health Nursing
University of Wisconsin- Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
  • Master of Public Health
Ursuline College
Pepper Pike, Ohio
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Washington State University
Spokane, Washington
  • MSN Advanced Population Health
  • MSN Community Based Population Focused Care
  • Online MSN Advanced Population Health
  • Online MSN Advanced Population Health
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist in Community Health Nursing
Wesley College
Dover, Delaware
  • RN to Master of Science in Nursing CNS
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Online MSN Adult-Gerontology CNS
West Coast University
Irvine, California
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
Western Connecticut State University
Danbury, Connecticut
  • Online MSN Advanced Nursing Practice Clinical Nurse Specialist
Western University Of Health and Sciences
Pomona, California
  • Online MSN Health Systems Leadership Clinical Nurse Leader
Widener University
Chester, Pennsylvania
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
William Carey University
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • MSN Population-focused
Winona State University
Rochester, Minnesota
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
Worcester State University
Worcester, Massachusetts
  • MSN Community and Public Health Nursing Specialty
  • MSN Community and Public Health Nursing Specialty
Wright State University
Dayton, Ohio
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
York College of Pennsylvania
York, Pennsylvania
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Youngstown State University
Youngstown, Ohio
  • MSN CNS Chronic Illness Care

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