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Acute Care Pediatric NP Program

The Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (ACPNP) program at Duke University School of Nursing is specifically designed to prepare graduates to meet the needs of infants and children with complex and rapidly changing clinical conditions. This care is provided across settings including intensive care units, emergency departments, inpatient units, as well as ambulatory, rehabilitative, and specialty-based clinics. Learn more about our curriculum.

Why Choose Duke University School of Nursing

  • Only Acute Care PNP program in North Carolina
  • Pediatric-focused coursework in growth and development, health assessment and physical examination, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and management of acute, chronic, and critical illnesses in infants, children, and adolescents
  • State-of-the-art simulation laboratory helps students gain confidence in practicing advanced procedures and management strategies
  • Program recognized by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board  (PNCB)
  • Eligible to apply for the national certification as a CPNP-AC by the PNCB
  • Clinically active faculty engaged in practice as CPNP-ACs
  • Post-master’s certificate program of study for primary care PNPs and other population foci practicing NPs who have pediatric acute care interest or experience
  • The seven-semester program is designed to allow students to continue building their nursing experience while pursuing their advanced practice degree

Additional Admissions Information

Work Experience

Successful students in this advanced practice program have a strong clinical foundation. Applicants must have at least one year of acute care pediatric nursing experience.

Must have a current Pediatric Advanced Life Support certificate at time of application, which must be maintained throughout the program of study.


Students are encouraged to submit recommendations from mentors or colleagues who can speak to their preparedness for graduate-level education and advanced clinical practice. Recommendations submitted by physicians, nurse managers, advanced practice nurses and other nursing leaders are required.