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Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

Clinical Nurse Specialists improve health outcomes and ensure quality care by working in three areas of influence: the patient and family, the nurses providing care, and the health system under which care is delivered.

Patients and families don’t receive care in a vacuum; the quality of care delivered by nurses and the systems under which such care is delivered are key factors that influence patient outcomes. Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialists apply their skills in supporting patients, families and nurses at the point of care. CNSs also work more broadly across organizations by leading new initiatives, driving quality practice, and supporting implementation of new technology, impacting and influencing patients, nurses and healthcare systems.

Graduates of this program are prepared to provide collaborative, comprehensive care to children and adolescents with a variety of complex acute and chronic conditions, and emerge as clinical and professional leaders who are expert in physical assessment and clinical decision making, collaboration in coordination of multifaceted disorders, culturally sensitive family focused care, systems thinking, and patient, family and staff education.


You will analyze theories of nursing within a complex healthcare system and develop expertise in clinical judgment, interdisciplinary collaboration, systems thinking, care delivery models, advocacy, research, education, and cultural awareness.

We also encourage students to pursue a related minor in an area connected to their career interests, such as  Quality Improvement and Safety, Health Informatics, or Palliative Care.

Study options

We offer the Pediatric CNS program full-time, part-time, or as a post-Master’s certificate. Our program offers Pediatric CNS students the opportunity to concentrate their clinical experiences in general acute care, critical care, or oncology.

After graduation

The CNS degree prepares you for a variety of leadership roles in the field of Pediatric Nursing in addition to the CNS advanced practice role, including nursing education, quality and safety, research, and nursing management.

Graduates of our program are eligible to sit for the Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist-Pediatric exam, offered by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.