Pediatric clinical nurse specialist

Graduate certificate University of Missouri
Pediatric clinical nurse specialist.

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A graduate certificate in pediatric clinical nurse specialist (PCNS) from MU can help you expand your practice or specialize in pediatrics. Continue working as you gain the knowledge and skills you need to advance. Learn from experienced practicing faculty who are renowned researchers in pediatrics and belong to a network of nurses across the nation.

    Quick facts

    Official name

    Graduate certificate in pediatric clinical nurse specialist


    University of Missouri

    Program type

    Graduate certificate

    Academic home

    Sinclair School of Nursing

    Delivery mode

    100% online


    Higher Learning Commission, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

    Credit hours


    Estimated cost


    *This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

    Pediatric clinical nurse specialist with a young patient.

    Career prospects

    Students who pursue the pediatric clinical nurse specialist graduate certificate will:

    Fill a critical, high-demand role in health care;

    • Learn to provide direct patient care from wellness through acute care with a focus on complex and vulnerable pediatric populations;
    • Gain skills in educating other health care providers;
    • Be eligible for advanced practice nurse certification as a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (PCNS) by theĀ American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)
    Sinclair School of Nursing
    Job placement rates
    Sinclair School of Nursing
    Certification pass rates

    Program structure

    Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

    Courses are semester-based. How long it takes to complete the program depends on your academic progress so far. If you want to study part time, the program will most likely take you two years to complete.


    100% online

    Calendar system


    Typical program length

    2 years

    Typical course load

    Part time


    The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The graduate certificate programs at the Sinclair School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

    Faculty spotlight

    Shawn Zembles

    As an experienced clinician, Dr. Zembles provides direct clinical oversight to students pursuing undergraduate and graduate-level nursing degrees. Dr. Zembles has spent a considerable amount of his research time directed towards sepsis and chronic disease management.

    Shawn Zembles, DNP, APRN, CEN, CCRN, RN-BC, ACNS-BC
    Adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor

    Learn more about this program

    This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing