The pediatric nurse practitioner – primary care (PNP–PC) major in our MSN Program prepares pediatric nurses to provide comprehensive primary health care to children of all ages. The curriculum emphasizes content areas such as health maintenance, prevention, management of common acute and chronic pediatric illnesses, behavioral issues, and patient/family education. Emphasis is placed on family-centered culturally sensitive care.
You will receive one-on-one clinical practice experience in diverse settings such as community pediatric practices, school-based health clinics, health departments, and hospital ambulatory settings.
As a graduate you are prepared to provide comprehensive primary health care to children of all ages in a variety of settings ranging from private practice to community and school-based healthcare settings. Some of our graduates decide to work in pediatric specialty services.
Program ranked #2 by U.S. News and World Report
Flexible matriculation plans with part-time and full-time study options
Post-master’s certificate program of study available
State-of-the-art simulation laboratory helps students gain confidence in practicing advanced procedures.
On-campus experiences are planned for each clinical course in the major.
Clinically active faculty engaged as advanced practice pediatric nurses
Program recognized by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
Eligible to apply for national certification as a CPNP-PC by the PNCB and AACN
43 credit hours, including 616 clinical hours
MSN and Post-Graduate Certificate
Our Pediatric NP Primary Care program is distance-based with successful students who have a strong clinical foundation. You can be considered if you do not have pediatric experience; however, it's highly recommended for you to have at least one year of pediatric (including neonatal) work experience prior to starting the program. If you are admitted without work experience, at least one year of pediatric work experience will be required prior to beginning the clinical course sequence. At the time of application, you must have a current Basic Life Support certificate and maintain it throughout the program of study. Pediatric Advanced Life Support certificate is strongly encouraged, but not required.
You are encouraged to submit recommendations from mentors or colleagues who can speak to your readiness for graduate-level education and advanced clinical practice. Recommendations submitted by physicians, nurse managers, advanced practice nurses, and other nursing leaders are required.
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