Certificate of Advanced Study
The Certificate of Advanced Study program is designed for licensed, registered nurses (RNs) with a Master of Science in Nursing (or higher), to expand your specialty training and become eligible for additional advance practice certification. The program:
Is an intensive, flexible program that you may begin in any semester, on either a full or part-time basis
Includes a minimum 500 hours of supervised clinical practicum, more if you choose a specialty for specific age groups or that requires performance in multiple health care settings
Offers seven advanced practice specialty options
Upon enrollment, you will be assigned a faculty member, who is a clinical expert in your chosen field of specialization, to individualize a curriculum plan that meets your interests and assures eligibility for certification in your advanced practice specialty.
You choose your field of specialization when you apply.
Advanced practice specialties offered for the CAS
The Certificate of Advanced Study program offers specialty options for both RNs with a Master of Science in nursing (Post-MSN) with no advanced practice certification; and RNs with an MSN who are also certified as nurse practitioners (Post-NP).
Read more about the specialty options offered.
Curricular goals of the Certificate of Advanced Study program
Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to take the advanced practice certification exam for your chosen field of specialization.
This course of study will hone your critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, assessment and decision-making skills, preparing you to become a competent, highly skilled, reflective nurse leader in an advanced practice specialty.
See CAS application process and requirements for more information.
Gainful Employment Disclosure
The Certificate of Advanced Study in Nursing meets the Department of Education’s requirements for gainful employment disclosure. Please see our Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this program.