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.

MSN Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Curriculum Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

Clinical Hours

MSN Core

N7160

Scientific Foundations for Advanced Nursing

4

0

N8910

Translational Evidence Based Practice

3

0

N8170

Public Health, Sociocultural Issues, and Health Policy

3

0

N7110

Advanced Practice Role Acquisition & Professional Communications

3

0

N8990

Practice Inquiry

1

0

 

TOTAL

14

0

Clinical Core

N7120

Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology

3

0

N7130

Advanced Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics

3

0

N7140

Advanced Health Assessment

3.5

90

 

TOTAL

9.5

90

AGCNS Clinical Courses

N8420

Newborn through Adolescent Primary Care

3.5

90

N8210

Special Health Care Needs of Children

3.5

90

N8540

Advanced Diagnostics & Reasoning I

3.5

90

N8710

Clinical Management of Acute & Critical Care Problems

3.5

90

N8720

Symptom Management of Acute & Chronic Illness

3.5

90

N8920

Quality, Safety, & Performance Outcomes

3

60

N8980

Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum

3

180

 

TOTAL

23.5

690

 

PROGRAM TOTAL

47

780

60 clinical hours = 1 clinical hour

Minimum Requirement for MSN in this Major: 47 credit hours/690 certificate hours/780 clinical hours

 

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.