Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Certificate

APU’s Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Certificate program is a nondegree course credit option for nurses with a master’s degree in nursing. This program provides theory and clinical experiences to prepare nurses to apply to the state of California for certification as a CNS.

The Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Certificate program is a nondegree course credit option for nurses with a master’s degree in nursing.1 Pediatric clinical nurse specialists influence best-practice care of pediatric populations across the care continuum through direct care and as consultants and educators. This program provides theory and clinical experiences to prepare nurses to apply to the state of California for certification as a CNS. Graduates may also apply for national certification as a pediatric CNS through examination. Note: Students must be admitted to the university before registering for this program (see Admission section below). 

Advanced Practice Core Courses 112
GNRS 513Advanced Nursing Practice Role 22
GNRS 515Advanced Pathophysiology3
GNRS 512Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion4
GNRS 594Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Nursing3
Advanced Practice Specialty Courses20
GNRS 530Theory and Practice of the Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Care of the Pediatric Patient 36 (2/4)
GNRS 531Clinical Specialization in the Care of the Pediatric Patient6 (2/4)
GNRS 543Transitions Across the Care Continuum6 (2/4)
GNRS 548Health Promotion Across the Lifespan2
Specialized Option Courses2
Select from the following:
GNRS 589Adolescent Health Care2
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GNRS 510Family Theory in Health Care2
Total Units34

Admission

University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.