Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Certificate

The advanced practice post-masters certificate programs are currently under revision.

Students must be admitted to the university before registering for this program. The Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate program is a nondegree course credit option for nurses with a master’s degree in nursing.1 This program provides theory and clinical experiences to prepare the nurse to apply to the state of California for certification as a CNS. Graduates may also apply for national certification as a parent-child clinical nurse specialist (CNS) through examination.

Academic and Advanced Practice Core Courses18
GNRS 504Bioethics and Health Care Policy3
GNRS 506Spiritual Concept Analysis in Health Care3
GNRS 513Advanced Nursing Practice Role 22
GNRS 515Advanced Pathophysiology3
GNRS 594Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Nursing3
Select from the following:4
GNRS 511Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment and Health Promotion4 (3/1)
or GNRS 512 Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion
Advanced Practice Specialty Courses12
GNRS 530Theory and Practice of the Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Care of the Pediatric Patient6 (2/4)
GNRS 531Clinical Specialization in the Care of the Pediatric Patient6 (2/4)
Specialized Option Courses4 - 6
Select from the following:
GNRS 543Transitions Across the Care Continuum6 (2/4)
- or -
GNRS 589Adolescent Health Care4 (2/2)
Total Units34 - 36

 Students may be given transfer credits for previous content completed in a master’s degree program.


This requirement is waived for APU master’s graduates between the years of 1992–93 to 1995–96, as the content was integrated in the clinical courses.

Units shown in parentheses are theory units/clinical units.