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 leading to the MS degree 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.
Students may study either full-time or part-time.
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 care/acute care dual specialization.
NOTE: Students in the Direct Entry program are NOT ELIGIBLE TO BE ACCEPTED into the primary care/acute care dual track; HOWEVER, pending successful student academic and clinical record and acquiring the minimum required inpatient pediatric RN experience, EXCEPTIONS can be made later in the PNP portion of the program to transfer into the dual track AFTER REVIEW AND APPROVAL by the Lead Acute Care PNP Faculty and the PNP Program Director.
52 Semester Hours
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Curriculum subject to change
Clinical practice of the advanced nurse is a major focus of this program. Our long history of partnering with local agencies to serve the urban, underserved community ensures access to research and clinical opportunities with at-risk pediatric populations. Our many affiliations have included:
Students also have clinical experiences in neighborhood health centers, health maintenance organizations, child care centers, school-based clinical, homeless shelters and private practices. Working with expert clinicians and supervised by our faculty, students develop the expertise necessary for patient management and advanced nursing practice skills across the care continuum for children and adolescents.
The application deadline is March 15 for the following fall admission. There are no rolling admissions.
The GPA requirement is 3.0 or higher. Students must provide a transcript showing a grade of B or better for a 3 credit (CR) college statistics course. The statistics course has no expiration date and must include probability and hypothesis testing. GREs are not required.
A minimum of one year full time exclusive pediatric RN experience is required to apply and two years of full time exclusive pediatric RN experience is required prior to the start of clinical. The primary care/acute care dual program of study requires in-patient exclusive pediatric RN experience and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification prior to the start of the acute care clinical.
Students may transfer 9 semester hours from other master’s level courses from a different institution if not credited to a previous degree. Courses must be approved by the program director.
Yes. However, during the final year of the program, students must complete a minimum of 16 hours per week of clinical along with course work.
Both the primary care and primary care/acute care dual program are delivered in the traditional, on-ground format.
Students in the primary care/acute care dual track complete the primary care track (41 semester hours) with additional course work (12 semester hours) emphasizing critical care of infants and children. Students in the primary care/acute care dual track complete an additional 300 hours of critical care experiences in addition to the 500 hours completed during the primary care portion. Students in the primary care/acute care dual track complete a minimum of 800 clinical hours.
A minimum of 500 precepted direct clinical hours are required for the primary care track and a minimum of 800 precepted direct clinical hours are required for the primary care/acute care dual program. Program faculty work closely with partner institutions and students to identify individually appropriate clinical placements. Every effort will be made to place students in clinical settings within 50 miles of current residence. Students will need to work with faculty to identify clinical experiences to meet individual student needs.