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Pediatric Nursing Practitioner Program
This online graduate program prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the health care needs of infants, children, and adolescents in the contemporary health care system. The focus of the program is on evidence-based pediatric care that is delivered in a variety of pediatric settings.
The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) option prepares advanced practice nurses to provide primary care to children with an emphasis on assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of care of individuals and families. The PNP program is fully approved by the National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses. It prepares graduates to function as effective care providers in collegial relationships with all those who influence the health environment of children.
Graduates of the program are eligible to seek national certification in pediatrics as a Nurse Practitioner (PNP). Graduates are eligible to seek state prescriptive authority.
Nurse Practitioners have the opportunity to be employed in a wide variety of settings such as community health clinics, rural health clinics, physician offices, public health departments, hospitals, home health agencies, urgent care/emergency rooms, specialty areas, Armed Forces and Veterans’ Administration facilities and schools of nursing.
Registered nurses (RN) with a BSN degree are admitted to the Masters Program and graduate with a MSN.
Plans of Study
Projected plans of study beginning Fall 2012 - Please note these projected plans of study are in the process of being approved and are subject to change.
Plans of study prior to Fall 2012
Graduate nursing course descriptions can be found here.
Precepted clinical experiences are individually arranged. Pediatric Nurse Practitioner students complete a minimum of 540 hours with an assigned local clinical preceptor. Students may complete a selected number of hours in a specialty area if desired. Students may have to travel to clinical sites if a local preceptor is not available.