MS(N) Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist MS(N) program curriculum prepares nurses as expert clinicians to provide direct patient care from wellness through acute care with a focus on complex and vulnerable pediatric populations. The Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist student will also be prepared to influence care outcomes by acting as a resource and providing expert consultation for nursing staff and other health professionals by implementing evidence based practice initiatives to support improvements in health care delivery systems.

  • Manage clinical efforts across health care settings
  • Provide visionary leadership
  • Lead quality and safety initiatives 
  • Implement evidence-based practice 

The MS(N) Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist curriculum provides core master’s coursework in combination with Pediatric Clinical specialty courses. Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist specialty courses focus on care of the patient, the family, and the providers working with a special emphasis on system evaluation and change. They do so by utilizing the principles of leadership within healthcare organizations, and managing quality, safety and performance outcomes.

Plan of Study

View the MS(N) sample plan of study. Once you are admitted to the program, an advisor will work with you to develop a specific plan for your degree completion.

Certification as a Pediatric 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.