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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).

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Acute Care

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.

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.

Clinical Hours

A minimum of 616 practicum hours will be completed in among several greater Cincinnati and regional pediatric acute care centers. Experienced pediatric preceptors will work one-on-one with students and along with pediatric specialty faculty, will guide students through their practicum experiences.

Prior Experience

A minimum of one year of pediatric acute care nursing practice is required for program admission as 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—Acute Care. If students do not have a year of clinical experience, they may enter the program on a part-time basis and begin taking didactic courses while gaining valuable experience as a working RN.

Program of Study

The program can be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students can complete the program in four semesters (2 academic school years). Part-time students can progress at their own speed, typically taking three or four academic years to complete the program.

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Program Courses

*   Courses are available online or face to face.
** Courses are offered in a hybrid format and meet bi-weekly.
Year 1 Fall Semester Courses Credits
* NURS8020 Adv. Health Assessment  3 (2+1) credits
* NURS8022 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 4 credits
* NURS8004 Biostatistics for EBP 3 credits
TOTAL 10 credits

Year 1 Spring Semester Courses Credits
* NURS8002 Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning 3 credits
* NURS8026 Differential Diagnosis
3 credits
* NURS8024 Pharmacology for the APN 3 credits
ANPC8020 Pediatric Acute Care Practicum I 2 credits (8 clinical hours per week) 
** ANPC8030 Pediatric Acute Care Seminar I  1 credit
TOTAL 12 credits

Year 2 Fall Semester Courses Credits
ANPC8010 Pediatric Acute Care I
4 credits
* NURS8006 Research & Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning 3 credits
ANPC8022 Pediatric Acute Care Practicum II 4 credits (16 hours per week)
** ANPC8032 Pediatric Acute Care Seminar/Capstone 1 credits
TOTAL 12 credits


Year 2 Spring Semester Courses Credits
ANPC8012 Pediatric Acute Care II
4 credits
* NURS8008 Health Care Policy 3 credits
ANPC8024 Acute Care Practicum III 5 credits (20 hours per week)
ANPC8034 Pediatric Acute Care Seminar III/Capstone 2 credits
TOTAL 14 credits


Credit Hours = 48 (56 practicum hours per credit)
Practicum I = 112 clinical hours
Practicum II = 224 clinical hours
Practicum III = 280 clinical hours
Total = 616 hours

For More Information

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

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