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A MS(N) in pediatric clinical nurse specialist (PCNS) from MU can help you enhance your career in pediatrics. Continue working as you gain the knowledge and skills you need to advance. Learn from experienced practicing faculty who belong to a network of nurses across the nation.
Students who pursue the pediatric clinical nurse specialist MS(N) 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 providers and physicians;
- Be eligible for advanced practice nurse certification as a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PPCNP) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Official nameMaster of science in nursing with an emphasis in pediatric clinical nurse specialist
CampusUniversity of Missouri
Program typeMaster's degree
Academic homeSinclair School of Nursing
Delivery modeBlended, some campus visits required
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
*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.
Seamless BSN-to-DNP with an MS(N) option
This MS(N) program makes it easy for you to continue your education and earn your DNP if you choose. With this program, you have the opportunity to sit for your APRN certification and start earning more while you’re starting your DNP course work. Courses have a focus on supporting you as you transition to practicing as an APRN.
This program is blended: You may complete all course work online but an on-campus visit is required once per year.
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 three years to complete.
DeliveryBlended, some campus visits required
Typical program length3 years
Typical course loadPart time
Tammy Rood is a pediatric nurse practitioner and certified asthma educator in the Pediatric Pulmonary & Allergy Division for MU Health Care and the PNP area coordinator. She specializes in treating pediatric asthma. Tammy is Associate Director of Asthma Ready® Communities (ARC) and contractor for the Missouri Asthma Prevention and Control Program, working statewide with clinics, schools and communities to improve asthma care. She is a faculty member on Asthma ECHOs through Show-Me ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). Show-Me ECHO uses videoconferencing technology to connect a team of interdisciplinary experts with primary care providers. A case-based learning environment is used to assist ECHO participants to develop advanced clinical skills and best practices – extending specialty care into primary care.