Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
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.
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.
Full-Time Semester Schema
NDNP 8002 (3 Credits)
NDNP 9004 (3 Credits)
NDNP 9001 (2 Credits)
NDNP 9015 (3 Credits)
NURS 8022 (4 Credits)
NDNP 9005 (2 Credits) – Optional
NURS 8014 (3 Credits)
NDNP 8010 (3 Credits)
NURS 8002 (3 Credits)
|Total: 8 credits
||Total: 7-9 credits||Total: 9 credits|
NURS 8020 (3 Credits)
NDNP 9006 (4 Credits)
NDNP 9010 (3 Credits)
NDNP 9030 (4 Credits)
NURS 8026 (3 Credits)
NURS 8024 (3 Credits)
ANPC 8020/8050 (2 Credits)
ANPC 8030/8060 (1 Credits)
|Total: 10 credits||Total: 10 credits||Total: 3 credits|
NDNP9025 (3 Credits)
ANPC 8010/8040 (4 Credits)
ANPC 8022/8052 (4 Credits)
ANPC 8032/8062 (1 Credits)
NDNP 9035 (3 Credits)
ANPC 8012/8042 (4 Credits)
ANPC 8024/8054 (5/4 Credits)
ANPC 8034/8064 (1 Credits)
NDNP 9040 (2 Credits)
NDNP 9042 (3 Credits)
NDNP9038 (3 Credits)
|Total: 12 credits||Total: AC – 13 credits; PC – 12 credits
||Total: 8 credits|
|Total Credits: 80-82 for Acute Care or 79-81 for Primary Care 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