Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist track will prepare you to provide expert care to children with complex health problems and to enhance pediatric nursing practice. As a pediatric clinical nurse specialist, you function in a variety of settings to plan and implement change and to enhance quality practice through the roles of clinician, educator, consultant, and researcher. Focus area courses enable you to tailor your studies to meet your career goals or emerging employment opportunities in:

  • Hospitals and acute care
  • Rehabilitation care
  • Accountable care organizations
  • Community heath agencies and clinics
  • Private practice settings
Upon completion of your degree, you are eligible for national certification through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses as a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. Additionally, as an advanced practice nurse, you qualify to apply for prescriptive authority from the Indiana Licensing Board.

42 credit hours
525 clinical hours

MSN Core Courses (22 Credit Hours)
  • N502 Nursing Theory I (3 cr)
  • N504 Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)
  • R500 Nursing Research Methods I (3 cr)
  • R505 Measurement & Data Analysis (3 cr)
  • Y515 Advanced Pathophysiology Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Y612 Advanced Pharmacology Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment Lifespan (4 cr)
PCNS Track Courses (20 Credit Hours)
  • C640 Pediatric Primary Care for the APRN I (3 cr)
  • C650 Pediatric Primary Care for the APRN II (3 cr)
  • M570 CNS I: Scientific Basis of Practice (4 cr/150 clinical hrs)
  • M580 CNS II: Symptom Management (5 cr/150 clinical hrs)
  • M590 CNS III: System-Level Leadership (5 cr/225 clinical hrs)

Review the course descriptions.

Curriculum Delivery
  • Courses follow a traditional 16-week semester format; summer courses run across both summer sessions for 12 weeks.
  • MSN Core Courses (22 credits) are primarily taught online, with the potential for some synchronous class sessions. Synchronous sessions are generally able to be attended either in-person or via videoconferencing technology. Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment includes five on-site lab days that must be attended in-person.
  • PCNS Courses (20 credits) include distance-accessible courses that offer the option of attending class in-person or from a distance via videoconferencing technology, as well as hybrid classes that include both online and in-person coursework.
  • Clinical placements are arranged cooperatively by students and IUSON faculty and staff; all clinical hours must be completed within the state of Indiana.
  • Please see the PCNS Track Guide for more details on course formats and sample plans of study.
Minimum Criteria for Admission
  • BSN degree from a CCNE or ACEN accredited program, or foreign equivalent.
  • BSN degree GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (as listed on BSN transcript.)
  • Active, unencumbered U.S. RN license.
  • One year of full-time hospital-based RN experience in pediatrics at the time of application.
  • Completion of a three-credit hour undergraduate statistics course from an accredited college or university with a B- or better.
  • Pass/fail courses are not accepted.
  • May be completed following application provided it is completed prior to the start of the program.
Admission Timeline
  • Admission into the PCNS track is offered one time per year for the fall semester.
  • Applications for Fall 2022 will open September 15, 2021.
  • The application deadline for Fall 2022 admission is January 15th, 2022.
  • Admission notifications are sent out via email by April 1st.
  • You can find detailed application instructions by clicking the Apply Now button at right.

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