Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

Our graduate certificate for Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist interested in advanced practice study caring for infants to young adults across the health spectrum (wellness to acute care) in large clinical agencies as members of health care teams.  You will learn how to incorporate clinical, educational, research, leadership and management skills into the advanced practice nursing role. Clinical nurse specialists influence care outcomes by providing expert consultation for nursing staff and by implementing improvements in health care delivery systems.

This graduate certificate is for individuals who are looking to expand their existing scope of practice as an APRN and are currently a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, or nurse anesthetist.

  • To apply: select the Advanced Practice Pediatric Nursing graduate certificate option
  • Indicate Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in your admissions essay

Students who are interested in pediatric study but are not yet advanced practice nurses, including nurse educators, nurse informaticists and nurse leaders, should apply through one of our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) tracks:


In this graduate certificate program, you will complete twelve to fifteen months of study. Program development and fieldwork placements are individualized and developed by collaboration between the student and a faculty adviser based on formal gap analysis and evaluation of prior education and experience.

Clinical practice experiences are offered in urban and rural locations. Many of the core PCNS classes require in-person classroom attendance on a weekly basis plus additional clinical practicum hours.

This is not an online/distance program.

National Certifications

After successfully completing the PCNS graduate certificate, students are eligible to sit for the PCNS examination through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.


The post-graduate APRN certificate program at the University of Washington is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (