Pediatric Acute Care

The Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to manage patients from birth to 21 years old with complex acute and chronic health conditions within a hospital or pediatric acute care setting.

Certification & Career

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.

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.

Clinical Hours

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


The program can be completed on a full- or part-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). Part-time options allow students to complete the program in 12 semesters (four calendar years). Part-time schemas are developed by the DNP program director and PNP specialty director.

Students are required to attend classes onsite 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)
Optional 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

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

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

Additional Resources

Additional information on the role of the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner may be found through national organizations such as:


If you have specific questions about the program, contact the Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or