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.

Nurse caring for baby

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.

Proposed Full-Time Semester Schema

Please note schemas are subject to change.

Spring Semester 1
Summer Semester 1
Fall Semester 1

NURS 8002
Theoretical Basis of Clinical Reasoning
3 credits

NDNP 9004
Biostatistics for EBP
3 credits

NDNP 9001
Informatics for DNP Practice
2 credits

NDNP 9010
Healthcare Policy for Doctoral Prepared Nurse
3 credits

NDNP 8002
Role Seminar for the Doctorally Prepared APRN
3 credits

NURS 8022
Advanced Human Physiology & Pathophysiology
4 credits

NDNP 9006
Essentials of Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
4 credits

NURS 8014
Epidemiologic Methods in Healthcare
3 credits

Total: 8 credits
Total: 10 credits Total: 7 credits
Spring Semester 2
Summer Semester 2
Fall Semester 2

NURS 8020
Advanced Health Assessment
3 credits, (1 cr. = 3 lab hrs)

NDNP 9015
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
3 credits

NURS 8024
Pharmacology for Advanced Practice
3 credits

NDNP 9030
Planning, Management & Evaluation of Programs and Projects
4 credits

NDNP 8010
Finance and Economics of Health Care
3 credits

NURS 8026
Differential Diagnosis for the APN
3 credits

NDNP 9025
DNP PRacticum 1
3 credits

ANPC 8020/8050
Practicum 1
2 credits

ANPC 8030/8060
Seminar 1

Total: 9 credits Total: 10 credits Total: 6 credits
Spring Semester 3
Summer Semester 3
Fall Semester 3

DNP Practicum 2
3 credits

ANPC 8010/8040
Peds Acute/Primary Care 1
4 credits

ANPC 8022/8052
Practicum 2
4 credits

ANPC 8032/8062
Seminar 2
1 credit

NDNP 9038
DNP practicum 3
3 credits

ANPC 8012/8042
Peds Acute/Primary Care 2
4 credits

ANPC 8024/8054
Practicum 3
5/4 credits

ANPC 8034/8064
Seminar 3
1 credit

NDNP 9040
DNP Capstone
2 credits

NDNP 9042
Capstone Writing Seminar
3 credits

Total: 12 credits Total: AC – 13 PC - 12 credits
Total: 5 credits
Total credits: 80 Acute Care, 79 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.