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 Courses||18 units|
GNRS 504Bioethics and Health Policy
GNRS 506Spiritual Care
GNRS 513Advanced Nursing Practice Role**
GNRS 515Advanced Pathophysiology
GNRS 594Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Nursing
|Advanced Practice Specialty Courses||12 units|
GNRS 530Theory and Practice in Parent-Child Nursing
GNRS 531Clinical Specialization in Parent-Child Nursing
|Specialization Option Courses||4 units|
GNRS 540Care Management
|- and -|
|Total for Post-Master’s Parent-Child CNS||34 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.
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.