DNP Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

A doctor of nursing practice (DNP) from Mizzou can help you advance your career in pediatrics as a pediatric clinical nurse specialist (PCNS). If you want to become a clinical expert in advanced nursing, empower other nurses, and effect system-wide improvements in care, a DNP PCNS may be the degree for you.

Career Opportunities

  • Clinical nurse specialist for children and youth
  • Health care services coordinator
  • Institutional health care consultant
  • Research coordinator
  • Clinical instructor

Plan of Study

Students who pursue the Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist area of study will be prepared as expert clinicians in a specialized area of nursing practice (Pediatric). In addition to providing direct patient care, Clinical Nurse Specialists influence care outcomes by providing expert consultation for nursing staff and by implementing evidence-based practice initiatives to support improvements in health care delivery systems.

Certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) offers certification as a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACCNS-P). Students who have completed a master’s degree in Nursing in the Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist emphasis area are eligible to sit for the exam.

The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The DNP at the Sinclair School is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.