Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Nurse caring for teenager

The pediatric primary care nursing major prepares the graduate for advanced nursing practice as a PNP (pediatric nurse practitioner) who provides primary health care to children from birth through 21 years of age. Pediatric nurse practitioners provide care to children who are well or suffering from common acute or chronic health problems. Responsibilities include monitoring chronic diseases, ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies, prescribing medications and other treatments, providing health maintenance care and education, promoting positive health behaviors and collaborating with physicians and other health care professionals as needed.

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 are eligible to apply for specialty certification through national organizations including the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Graduates are prepared to practice in a variety of pediatric primary care settings including urban, suburban and rural clinics and offices, pediatric outpatient departments, school based health clinics, health departments to name a few.

Practicum Hours

A minimum of 560 clinical practicum hours will be completed in numerous pediatric practices, clinics and outpatient sites. These clinical DNP hours are separate from the DNP practicum hours, which are specific to the capstone 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 experience 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 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

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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.