Bridge to Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Specialist with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology

This Bridge to Master of Science in Nursing: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist program is designed for seasoned registered nurses who have bachelor‛s degrees in a field outside of nursing who want to earn their MSN. Instead of requiring these students to earn a BSN degree, they take six courses from our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and then launch into the MSN Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist track.

The Master of Science in Nursing: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist program incorporates the advanced roles of clinician, researcher, learner/educator/coach, leader, community advocate, manager of systems, collaborator, and consultant. The program prepares the nurse with advanced clinical and organizational decision-making skills based on critical thinking, evidence-based research, and diagnostic reasoning. The Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist synthesizes elements of caring into the nurse-client relationship within practice based on advocacy, as well as ethical, social, legal, political, and historical perspectives. Clinical nurse specialists are involved in nursing leadership, nursing education, and in conducting research within the clinical setting.

A culminating practicum experience is a part of this clinical nurse specialist degree program. The practicum provides students with experiences in the three spheres of influence of CNS practice: patient/client, nurses and nursing practice, and organization/system within their specialty area. This clinical practice affords students the opportunity to refine their clinical decision-making and to develop their CNS roles of clinical expert, leader, collaborator, consultant, educator, researcher and change agent; and to explore how their professional attributes, ethical conduct, and professional citizenship are integrated in CNS practice to affect outcomes within the spheres.

GCU Nursing Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master‛s degree in nursing at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Program Disclosure

Category Non-Traditional Traditional
Books & Supplies (Per Program) $1,045 N/A
Tuition & Fees (Per Program) N/A N/A
Room & Board (Per Program, If Applicable) $3,285
On Time Graduation Rate N/A N/A
Median Private Loan Debt N/A N/A
Median TIV Loan Debt N/A N/A
Median Institutional Financing Plan Debt N/A N/A

Program SOC

Registered Nurses
Critical Care Nurse
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