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Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist DNP

Our Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares you to be an advanced practice nurses who provides health care to infants and children. 

In addition to direct patient care, you will empower nurses to develop caring, evidence-based practices through mentoring and system changes.  

You will also learn to educate staff and develop initiatives to improve safety and quality with the pediatric population. 

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Fast Facts: Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Online Program
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Program Type:
Full-Time or Part-Time
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2-3.5 Years

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Class Size:
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Per Credit Hour

Our Approach

You learn from faculty who are active practitioners at a top-tier academic medical center, RUSH University Medical Center.  

This means many program advisers and clinical faculty are practicing nurse practitioners who have clinical experience that will enrich your learning. 

We offer tracks for both bachelor’s and master’s-prepared nurses. 

Program Length and Location

Our program takes two (full-time) to 3 ½ years (part-time) and is available to local and distance learners. 

Most coursework takes place online. Some are offered online and in-person. 

Students must be on campus for the following: 

  • Program orientation: One-day, on-campus orientation 
  • Physical diagnosis: Two to three days on-campus lab 
  • CNS management clinical: Four to six days per year for clinical validation and simulation 
  • DNP project problem statement presentation: Mid-program and usually lasts a day 
  • DNP project proposal: Just before beginning the DNP project implementation and usually lasts one day 
  • DNP project final presentation: Last term before graduation and usually lasts one day 


Clinical experience

Clinical sites are available at RUSH and throughout the Chicago area. Distance students work with faculty to find practicum sites. 

We have successfully negotiated distance practicums, but success is not guaranteed. Due to state regulations, we can’t guarantee clinical practica placement if you move after matriculating. 



Our curriculum is approved by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.  

The approval process requires that programs meet educational eligibility compliance with the following: 

  • Consensus model for advanced practice registered nurse practice  
  • The National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s criteria for APRN programs (2012) 

Program Tuition

At RUSH University, we know your education is a big investment. We want to make sure you have all the information to be able to make the best financial decisions for you and your family. 

Tuition for the Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist DNP program is $1,344 per credit hour.

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Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist DNP Career Opportunities

Clinical nurse specialists in pediatric nursing have a wide array of career options.  

Our graduates work with children and adolescents and their families in various settings, including the following: 

  • Pediatric intensive care unit 
  • Pediatric clinics 
  • Home health care

Other opportunities exist in patient safety and case management. 

Employment of nurse practitioners is expected to grow 40% from 2021-31. This is much faster than the average for other professions.

Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist DNP Faculty
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Admissions Contact Information

Elizabeth Miranda 
Admissions Specialist
(312) 942-6986

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