Pediatric Primary Care

The Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary care to children who are healthy or suffering from common, acute or chronic health problems from birth to 21 years old.

The next cohort will begin Fall 2020. Apply for admission starting Nov. 1, 2019. 

Certification & Career

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.

Prior Experience

A minimum of one year of RN work experience is required before applying. 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.

Clinical 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.


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. Individual part-time schemas are 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.

Additional Resources

Additional information on the role of the Pediatric 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