Closed to admissions for the 2023-2024 academic year.

The clinical nurse specialist: pediatrics concentration prepares students for leadership roles as clinical nurse specialists within the health-care system. Clinical and theoretical content focuses on systems thinking, evidence-based practice, and translational research as related to nursing care of children and families. The curriculum offers an opportunity to choose an emphasis in a selected vulnerable population experiencing health-care needs. The curriculum includes 540 hours of clinical practice in the advanced practice role and 510 practicum hours for the DNP role. The graduate is prepared for certification by the American Nurses Certification Corporation (ANCC) as a clinical nurse specialist in acute-care pediatrics.

CoreTheoryClinicalTotal Units
NGRD 650Advanced Role Development and Collaboration4.0404.0
NGRD 651Theoretical Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice4.0404.0
NGRD 652Health-Care Systems Leadership4.0404.0
NGRD 653Health Systems Policy Development and Advocacy4.0404.0
NGRD 654Social Determinants of Health24.0404.0
NGRD 655Health Systems Finance4.0404.0
NGRD 656Outcomes Assessment for Strategic Planning4.0404.0
NGRD 657Intermediate Statistics4.0404.0
NGRD 658Nursing Research and Translational Science4.0404.0
NGRD 659Professional Writing for Nurse Leaders4.0404.0
RELE 564Ethics and Health Disparities3.0303.0
RELR 525Health Care and the Dynamics of Christian Leadership3.0303.0
RELT 557Theology of Human Suffering3.0303.0
NGRD 621Pharmacology in Advanced Practice I2.0202.0
NGRD 622Pharmacology in Advanced Practice II3.0303.0
NGRD 624Advanced Health Assessment4.0404.0
NGRD 625Advanced Clinical Pathophysiology4.0404.0
NGCN 561Pediatrics: Clinical Nurse Specialist I4.0404.0
NGCN 562Pediatrics: Clinical Nurse Specialist II4.0404.0
NGCN 563Pediatrics: Clinical Nurse Specialist III2.0202.0604.0
NGCN 564Pediatrics: Clinical Nurse Specialist Clinical Practicum2.060-2402.0-8.0
D.N.P. Project
NGRD 667Introduction to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Inquiry Proposal Project1.8201.2403.0
NGRD 669ADNP Practice Inquiry Project4.01204.0
NGRD 669BDNP Practice Inquiry Project4.01204.0
NGRD 669CDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0802.0
NGRD 669DDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0602.0
NGRD 669EDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0602.0
NGRD 669FDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0602.0
Overall Totals73.874021.2660-84095.0-101.0

 Multiple registrations required to fulfill total unit requirement


Fulfills service learning requirement


Prior to graduation, students are required to submit an online professional portfolio. Documentation of 510 doctoral leadership practice hours will be included in the portfolio.

Normal time to complete the program

Four years (15 academic quarters)—based on less than full-time enrollment.