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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Graduate Certificate

Make a positive impact in your community by developing the skills to diagnose and manage Autism Spectrum Disorder as a practicing clinician.


Develop the skills and knowledge necessary to diagnose and manage Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in your role as a practicing clinician. Open new career opportunities to work as a nurse practitioner in developmental, pediatric and specialty clinics.

The prevalence of ASD is growing rapidly – affecting one out of every 59 children in the US overall and one out of 71 children in Arizona. Lower diagnosis prevalence in Arizona may be related to lower access to evaluations. Although ASD can be diagnosed as early as two years of age, the median age of diagnosis in Arizona is four years and eight months. By developing your capacity to diagnose and manage the disorder, you will have the ability to make a positive impact in your community by increasing access to evaluation.

In this program, you will be required to pursue one graduate level course and associated clinical practicum hours each semester.

Eligibility: Successful applicants will have unrestricted RN licensure within the U.S. and current APRN certification (PNP, FNP or PMHNP). An Advanced Practice Nursing degree (APRN) is required. Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. Applicants must have at least two years of current and continuous full-time work as an APRN in a specialized setting (i.e. developmental pediatric clinics, behavioral health clinics), as well as advanced practice national certification in a specialty area.

Career Level: Graduate Certificate
Degree: Graduate Certificate
College: College of Nursing

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $975
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

The curriculum for this degree program includes:

  • NURS 623: Autism Spectrum Disorder: Prevalence, Etiology, Screening and Assessment in the Pediatric Patient – Gain an overview of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through didactic and clinical experiences. Content addresses the natural history, etiology, rising prevalence, risk factors, and core features. Taking a developmental approach, students begin case management and follow a family through screening, diagnosis and treatment planning.
  • NURS 624: Health and Behavioral Care Planning and Intervention for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder – Investigate the role of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the diagnosis and management of autism spectrum disorder. In addition, the course will focus on treatment approaches to the management of acute and chronic problems of autism spectrum disorder in the pediatric population.
  • NURS 625: Leadership and Advocacy for Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Pediatric Patient – Explore the role of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in leadership and advocacy in autism spectrum disorder. Emphasis is on the synthesis of graduate-certificate ASD content in clinical practice. Practical issues of collaboration and reimbursement for services are explored. A clinical practicum experience allows the student to apply didactic content.
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