Pediatric clinical nurse specialist

Master of science in nursing University of Missouri
Pediatric clinical nurse specialist.

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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.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of science in nursing with an emphasis in pediatric clinical nurse specialist


University of Missouri

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

Sinclair School of Nursing

Delivery mode

Blended, some campus visits required


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.

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Pediatric clinical nurse specialist.

Career prospects

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.

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Program structure

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.


Blended, some campus visits required

Calendar system


Typical program length

3 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 MS at the Sinclair School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Faculty spotlight

Tammy Rood

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.

Tammy Rood, PNP, DNP

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing