N.Y. Education Law Section 6911
Certification as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS)


For issuance of a certificate to practice as a clinical nurse specialist under § 6902 (Definition of practice of nursing)section six thousand nine hundred two of this article, the applicant shall fulfill the following requirements:


file an application with the department;


be licensed as a registered professional nurse in this state;


(i) have satisfactorily completed an educational program registered by the department including a master’s or doctoral degree, or a post-master’s certificate from a program acceptable to the department which prepares graduates to practice as CNSs and which is accredited by a national nursing accredited body acceptable to the department, and


meets all other requirements established by the department to practice as a clinical nurse specialist, or


have received educational preparation determined by the department to be the substantial equivalent of subparagraphs (i) and (ii) of this paragraph; and


pay a fee to the department of fifty dollars for each initial certificate authorizing clinical nurse specialist practice and a triennial registration fee of thirty dollars. Registration under this section shall be coterminous with the clinical nurse specialist’s registration as a professional nurse.


Only a person certified under this section shall use the title “clinical nurse specialist” or the designation “CNS”.

Source: Section 6911 — Certification as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS), https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/EDN/6911 (updated Oct. 3, 2014; accessed Nov. 25, 2023).

Nov. 25, 2023

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Oct. 3, 2014

§ 6911’s source at nysenate​.gov

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