Information for the License:

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Licensing Agency:

Agency or Department Name:  Department of Consumer Affairs
Board or Council Name:  Board of Registered Nursing
Division Name:
Telephone:  (916) 322-3350
Agency Web Address:

License Description:
     (Always confirm this information with the licensing agency.)

Persons practicing nursing in hospitals, private practice, etc., as registered nurses or advanced practice registered nurses.

Fees: Application: $75
Examination: none
Certificate: included in application fee.

Examination Frequency:  N/A

Exam Locations: N/A

Experience Requirement: Active California RN license, master's degree in nursing or a related field, and clinical experience in CNS role.

Average Time to Process Application: 6-8 weeks.

Renewal Period: Biennially (every second year).

Special License Requirements: N/A

Comments: N/A

Authority: Business and Professions Code, Section 2838, et seq.