Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist DNP

The Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist is a clinical expert in pediatric nursing who, in addition to providing direct care, serves as a leader in education, research, quality improvement, outcome monitoring and consultation with other nurses.

Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

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.

Length and commitment

  • 3-year, full-time program
  • On campus: Each semester for a 4-day session (Tuesday–Friday) that includes: core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses, advisor meetings; beginning second year of program: 1–2 days each week throughout the semester
  • Clinical sites: Complete 1,000 hours at clinical sites arranged by the school

What makes our program distinct?

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

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


Successful completion of required Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist coursework and practice hours meets the eligibility criteria to take the Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification Exam administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Contact us

George Sakkal
Doctoral Programs Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator

DNP-MPH Dual Degree

A powerful combination

Meet our faculty, students, and graduates in the pediatric clinical nurse specialist specialty of the DNP program.

Mary Jaeger

Mary Jaeger, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist DNP