Medical Surgical CNS Degrees Online

The beauty of “med-surg” nursing is that nurses get to work with patients who have been diagnosed with a tremendous variety of conditions. They may care for an 80 year old woman with heart failure one day and a young man with a sports injury the next. Most nurses will care for between five and seven patients per shift, depending on their hospitals policy and the patient’s level of care, and must also plan for discharging patients and subsequent new admissions. Hospital nurses usually work three or four 12-hourshifts per week, though a few still work five 8-hourshifts.

Working as a Medical-Surgical Nurse

Med-surg nurses monitor patients, administer medications, advocate for patients and their families, coordinate care across multiple disciplines and provide a therapeutic environment for recovery. Education is a major component of medical-surgical nursing. The patient (and their caregivers)need to learn about their condition, their treatment, and how to care for themselves after being discharged. Nurses may prep their patients for surgical procedures and helprecover them afterwards. They can also change dressings, perform catheterizations and insert intravenous lines.

While medical-surgical nursing is one of the largest specialties in nursing, many nurses view it as an entry-level position – a chance to gain a broad knowledge base before moving on to a specialty practice. There are many nurses, however, who choose to practice as medical-surgical nurses throughout their entire career because they enjoy the variety and unpredictability.

Certification for Medical Surgical Nurses

Certification as a medical surgical nurse is possible by either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) after working for 2,000 hours in the field and taking the certification exam. Both certifications are accepted as equally valid, though the MSNCB is the one officially recognized by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, which is the main specialty organization.

List of Medical Surgical CNS Programs

All Medical Surgical CNS Programs

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

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