A Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pediatrics (PCNS) is an advanced nursing practitioner who participates in the care of patients under the age of 21. A degree on at least the Master's level from an educational body accredited by one of these two bodies: the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on the Collegiate of Nursing Education (CCNE).
500 or more hours as a clinical nurse specialist in pediatrics supervised by faculty as part of your degree program. This specialty is concerned with all aspects of care for children and adolescents, including developmental needs and chronic conditions.


You will be required to take a computer-based examination, the fee for which will depend on whether you are a member of the American Nurses Association or the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. The degree should be in a program relating to the development, psychology, or physiology of children less than 21 years of age. Upon passing the examination, you will be given the following credential: PCNS-BC (Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist-Board Certified). Please apply to the American Nurses Credentialing Center at least three months before your current certificate expires.






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