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.

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 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.

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.


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 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