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Course Requirements

The Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist CNS certification program requires the following coursework.

Students must be admitted into the university before registering for this program.* Note: Units shown in parentheses are theory units/clinical units.

Academic and Advanced Practice Core Courses18 units
GNRS 504
Bioethics and Health Policy
GNRS 506
Spiritual Care
GNRS 511
Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment and Health Promotion***
4 (3/1)
- or -
GNRS 512
Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion***
4 (3/1)
GNRS 513
Advanced Nursing Practice Role**
GNRS 515
Advanced Pathophysiology
GNRS 594
Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Nursing
Advanced Practice Specialty Courses12 units
GNRS 530
Theory and Practice in Parent-Child Nursing
6 (2/4)
GNRS 531
Clinical Specialization in Parent-Child Nursing
6 (2/4)
Specialization Option Courses4 units
GNRS 540
Care Management
2 (2/0)
- and -
GNRS 541
Clinical Practicum in Care Management
2 (0/2)
- or -
GNRS 589
Adolescent Health Care
Total for Post-Master’s Parent-Child CNS34 units

* Students may be given transfer credits for previous content completed in a master’ s degree program.

**This requirement is waived for APU master’s graduates between the years of 1992-93 to 1995-96, as the content was integrated in the clinical courses.

***Students who want a pediatric focus take GNRS 511; those who want a perinatal focus take GNRS 512.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a semester?
15 weeks (12 in the summer)

How many evenings per week do I attend classes?
Students generally attend class one to two nights per week, depending on the number of classes in which they are enrolled.

How soon can I finish this program?
Most students complete the program in one to two years depending on how many courses are taken each semester.

How are clinicals arranged?
The School of Nursing faculty and staff arrange clinical settings with some student input as needed.

What kind of clinical settings are available?
The School of Nursing identifies appropriate clinical settings based on the student’s specialty. Settings may include hospitals, primary care clinics, churches, and schools, to name a few.

How do I figure out my schedule?
Knowledgeable faculty advisors assist students with a comprehensive course planner to ensure course continuity throughout the program.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.