Nursing
Clinical Nurse Specialist

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Salary: $48,000 - $68,000
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Hourly: $31.68 - $42.42
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Outlook: 3 Stars
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Length of Training: 6+ years
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Length of Training
As with other advanced practice nurses, CNSs require education beyond the basic nursing curriculum. A CNS must be a registered nurse with a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s of Science.

Licensure/Certification

All clinical nurse specialists are registered nurses who hold a master’s degree in nursing with a focus on a particular specialty. Each specialty has its own method of credentialing, which is typically a combination of a specified number of hours of practice and a board certifcation process. A CNS must complete 20 hours of continuing education every two years to retain licensure.


Educational Programs
University or College City Degree*
Angelo State University San Angelo M
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Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi M
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Texas Christian University Fort Worth M
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Texas Woman's University Denton M
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The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso M
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Houston M
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio M
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The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Galveston M
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The University of Texas Pan American Edinburg M
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University of Houston-Victoria Victoria M
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University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio M
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*D- Doctorate  M-Masters  B-Bachelor  A-Associates  C-Certificate