Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner—Acute Care focuses on the management of children with complex acute and chronic health conditions within the hospital or pediatric acute care setting. This includes providing care for children from birth to 21 years with life threatening illnesses and organ dysfunction or failure, negotiating health care delivery systems, monitoring and ensuring the quality of health care practice, providing family centered care, and demonstrating cultural competency.

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The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Role

The scope of practice of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner includes providing direct patient care management such as performing in-depth physical assessments, interpreting results of laboratory and diagnostic tests, ordering medications, and performing therapeutic treatments in a variety of settings (NAPNAP, 2004).

Certification & Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Pediatric Nurse Certification Board (PNCB) Acute Care certification exam. Graduates have opportunities to practice in a variety of acute care settings including emergency departments, subspecialty clinics, hospitals and intensive care units.

Practicum Hours

A minimum of 616 clinical practicum hours will be completed in several pediatric acute care centers. These clinical practicum hours are separate from the DNP practicum hours, which are specific to the DNP project. Experienced pediatric preceptors will work one-on-one with students and along with pediatric specialty faculty, will guide students through their clinical practicum experience.

Prior Experience

A minimum of one year of nursing practice is required for program admission. A basic working knowledge of pediatric growth and development, family dynamics and pediatric assessment are cornerstones for moving toward the role of the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Program of Study

The program can be completed on a full-time basis and is offered in a hybrid format with periodic meetings on campus. Full-time students can complete the program in nine semesters (three calendar years). A part-time option is available for students who would like to complete the program over four calendar years or twelve semesters. This schema will be developed by the DNP Program Director and the PNP Specialty Director.

Courses are offered in block format, in which students are required to attend on-site one week each semester.

Full-Time Semester Schema

Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 3

NDNP 8002 (3 Credits)
Role Seminar for the Doctorally Prepared APRN

NDNP 9004 (3 Credits)
Biostatistics for EBP

NDNP 9001 (2 Credits)
Informatics for DNP Practice

NDNP 9015 (3 Credits)
Quality Improvement & Patient Safety

NURS 8022 (4 Credits)
Advanced Human Physiology & Pathophysiology

NDNP 9005 (2 Credits)
Doctoral Writing Elective

NURS 8014 (3 Credits)
Epidemiologic Methods in Healthcare

NDNP 8010 (3 Credits)
Finance & Economics of Health Care

NURS 8002 (3 Credits)
Theoretical Basis of Clinical Reasoning

Total: 8 credits
Total: 9 credits Total: 9 credits
Semester 4
Semester 5
Semester 6

NURS 8020 (3 Credits)
Advanced Health Assessment

NDNP 9006 (4 Credits)
Essentials of Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice

NDNP 9010 (3 Credits)
Healthcare Policy for Doctoral Prepared Nurse

NDNP 9030 (4 Credits)
Planning, Management & Evaluation of Programs & Projects

NURS 8026 (3 Credits)
Differential Diagnosis for the APN

NURS 8024 (3 Credits)
Pharmacology for Advanced Practice

ANPC 8020/8050 (2 Credits)
Practicum 1

ANPC 8030/8060 (1 Credits)
Seminar 1

Total: 10 credits Total: 10 credits Total: 3 credits
Semester 7
Semester 8
Semester 9

NDNP9025 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum 1

ANPC 8010/8040 (4 Credits)
Peds Acute/Primary Care 1

ANPC 8022/8052 (4 Credits)
Practicum 2

ANPC 8032/8062 (1 Credits)
Seminar 2

NDNP 9035 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum 2

ANPC 8012/8042 (4 Credits)
Peds Acute/Primary Care 2

ANPC 8024/8054 (5/4 Credits)
Practicum 3

ANPC 8034/8064 (1 Credits)
Seminar 3

NDNP 9040 (2 Credits)
DNP Leadership Seminar

NDNP 9042 (3 Credits)
DNP Writing Seminar

NDNP9038 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum 3

Total: 12 credits Total: AC – 13 credits; PC – 12 credits
Total: 8 credits
Total credits: 77 – Acute Care; 76 – Primary Care
Credits in 9 semesters


For More Information

Click here to receive more information or to register for an interest session.

Contact the Office of Student Affairs at or (513) 558-3600.

Program Coordinator: Nicole F. Garritano, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC at or (513) 558-6906.