Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

The pediatric clinical nurse specialist track is a distance-accessible program that 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.

This distance-accessible track allows you to attend most classes without traveling to the Indianapolis campus; you will join the classroom in real time using videoconferencing technology. However, it is not a completely online program. Some courses will include some on-campus classes. Additionally, clinical hours must be completed in Indiana.

Upon graduation you are eligible requirements for American Nurses Credentialing Center certification 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)

  • M570 CNS I: Scientific Basis of Practice (4 cr)
  • M580 CNS II: Symptom Management (5 cr)
  • M590 CNS III: System-Level Leadership (5 cr)
  • C550 Pediatric Health Assessment (3 cr)
  • C551 Pediatric Health Maintenance (3 cr)

Review the course descriptions.

Curriculum Delivery

  • Courses follow a traditional 15-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.
  • Please see the PCNS Track Guide for more details on course formats and sample plans of study.

Admission Timeline

  • Admission into the PCNS track is offered one time per year for the fall semester.
  • The priority application deadline for Fall 2019 admission is January 15th, 2019.
  • Applications will continue to be accepted after the priority application deadline if space remains in the track.
  • Admissions notifications are sent out via email in mid-March.
  • You can find detailed application instructions by clicking the Apply Now button at right.

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