Whole Patient Care

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) track at the Loma Linda University School of Nursing prepares students for a career beyond direct patient care. As a CNS, professionals are involved in all aspects of patient care as an educator, researcher, consultant or administrator in a health care setting.

Loma Linda University, School of Nursing, CNS Specialties

Advanced Education, Advanced Patient Care

The Clinical Nurse Specialist program is 3-years, full-time. We encourage students to pursue the Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP), as this will become the new National Standard in the next few years.

The CNS provides leadership in a clinical setting with the goal of providing quality care in a cost effective manner to individual patients or groups of patients in a selected setting or population. 

Through autonomous practice, the CNS works within the spheres of patient care, nursing practice, and the organization system to achieve successful outcomes.

Learn more about the School of Nursing, CNS Specialties by selecting a concentration below.



Providing care to a wide range or adults, ages 18 and above

Pediatrics- This program is currently on Hold


Focusing on the needs of children from birth through adolescence, or 18 years of age