The Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program (also offered as a Post-Graduate Certificate) is one of the oldest in the country and has been preparing practitioners to work with children and adolescents for more than 30 years.

Students gain the knowledge and skills to practice in the traditional areas of pediatric primary care as well as have opportunities for expanded training in school-based health care in the behavioral/mental health of children and in more traditional clinical settings.

The program meets national nurse practitioner program and curricular guidelines endorsed by the National Task Force on Quality for Nurse Practitioner Education. The curriculum includes a minimum of 540 hours of supervised clinical practice in a variety of settings. Graduates are eligible to sit for certification by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and the ANCC.

Program Plans

Required First Tier Courses - Core M.S.N. Curriculum

Required Second Tier courses:

NURS 733 The Well Child (2 credits)
NURS 780 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Seminar/Practicum I (3 credits)
NURS 781 Primary Care of Adolescent (1 credit)
NURS 781A Adolescent Practicum (1 credit)
NURS 779 Child & Adolescents with Special Needs (2 credits)
NURS 784 Nurse Practitioner Practicum I (2 credits)
NURS 785 Nurse Practitioner Practicum II (2 credits)
NURS 787 Primary Care of the Newborn (1 credit)
Elective or N658 Complex, Acute and Critical Problems in Pediatrics (3 credits)