The goal of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) programs is to prepare Pediatric Nurse Practitioners who are able to provide evidence based, comprehensive, family centered health care to infants, children adolescents and their families. The program provides a broad background of advanced pathophysiology, advanced and pediatric pharmacology and advanced health assessment. In addition, theoretical basis of best practice and diagnostic clinical reasoning skills are taught and developed as students learn the advanced clinical provider management and technology skills needed to care for children across the continuum of care. The highly immersive hands-on clinical core curriculum is intended to provide PNP students with real-life and/or simulated advanced patient care experiences.
The School of Nursing offers two main tracks for the pediatric nurse practitioner student.The Primary Care (PC) track prepares students for the role of pediatric nurse practitioner focusing on well child care and prevention, and management of common acute and chronic illnesses. The dual track prepares students for the primary care role as well as the acute care role. Pediatric Acute Care (AC) nurse practitioners are prepared to care for patients with acute, complex, critical and chronic illness in a variety of settings. Nurses who possess an MS degree in Nursing are eligible to apply for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in primary care, acute care or the primary/acute care dual specialization.