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.
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
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.
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.
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.
Proposed Full-Time Semester Schema
Please note schemas are subject to change.
|Spring Semester 1
||Summer Semester 1
||Fall Semester 1
|Total: 8 credits
||Total: 10 credits||Total: 7 credits|
|Spring Semester 2
||Summer Semester 2
||Fall Semester 2
|Total: 9 credits||Total: 10 credits||Total: 6 credits|
|Spring Semester 3
||Summer Semester 3
||Fall Semester 3
|Total: 12 credits||Total: AC – 13 PC - 12 credits
||Total: 5 credits|
|Total credits: 80 Acute Care, 79 Primary Care
Credits in 9 semesters
Additional information on the role of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner may be found through national organizations such as:
- The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
- The Pediatric Nurse Certification Board
- American Nurses Credentialing Center
- The Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
- The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties