Perinatal Nurse Specialist (PNS)

This Graduate Certificate Program in Advanced Practice Nursing (GCPAPN) offers an opportunity for nurses who have earned a graduate degree in nursing (Master of Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, or Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science) to develop the knowledge and skills needed to function as a perinatal nurse specialist.

The Perinatal Nurse Specialist (PNS) serves as an expert clinical resource for nurses, other health care providers, and families and provides consultation, education, research and leadership in the care of childbearing women.  

The program takes 12 months. The PNS curriculum will be individualized for GCPAPN students, but will require completion of the core graduate PNS curriculum.

All PNS graduate certificate courses are offered with distance learning support, making the program accessible to students who live outside of the Seattle area and to local students with limited availability during the week. Students who live outside of Washington State should contact the PNS faculty lead prior to applying to discuss clinical placement options.

  • GCPAPN PNS applicants will be admitted on a space-available basis.
  • Please note an Advanced Practice Nursing degree is a prerequisite for application to this program. Individuals with Master of Nursing in Education or Leadership should consider applying to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.