We are not accepting applications for this specialty area for Fall 2024.  Please reach out to us at gophernursing@umn.edu to explore how your interests and goals may align with our available specialty areas.

What Makes Our Program Distinct?

Since 1993, the University of Minnesota School of Nursing has prepared outstanding pediatric nurse leaders. Our graduates have developed unique roles caring for the health of children and youth from diverse backgrounds including those who are who are at risk or have a chronic illness or disability.

Graduates design, implement and evaluate both patient-specific and population-based programs of care.

Our graduates are highly valued for the ability to lead change to transform health care.

DNP graduates are prepared for clinical, educational and leadership roles in primary and specialty care of both children and youth.

Pediatric clinical nurse specialists provide care to children and adolescents and their families within the context of the family, community and health care system.

Our graduates are prepared to:

  • Practice as pediatric clinical nurse specialists in inpatient and outpatient settings, schools and community health settings
  • Lead system changes to improve health care for children and youth
  • Provide consultation to nurses, medical staff and interdisciplinary colleagues
  • Advocate for children and families at organizational, state and national levels
  • Implement evidence-based practice and quality improvement to all patient care
  • Educate pediatric nurses in clinical and academic settings

All students who complete required coursework for the pediatric clinical nurse specialist DNP program are also eligible for the Disability Policy & Services Certificate, offered through the Institute on Community Integration. 


Length and Commitment

3-year, Full-time Program

On Campus

Each semester students attend a 4-day session (Tuesday–Friday) on campus that includes core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses and advisor meetings. Beginning the second year of program: 1–2 days each week throughout the semester.

Clinical Hours

Complete approximately 1,000 hours at clinical sites arranged by the school

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Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist


Successful completion of required DNP Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist coursework and practice hours provides eligibility to take the PCNS Certification Examination through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.