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Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)

A pediatric nurse practitioner is prepared to provide primary care, including physical exams, diagnosis and treatment of common pediatric illness to children of all ages, developmental evaluations and nutritional guidance.

PNPs place special emphasis on preventing illness and helping parents develop effective parenting skills. They encourage families to be actively involved in making decisions about their children’s healthcare.

The PNP works in collaboration with physicians and other healthcare professionals in various settings.

Academic plan

The requirements of the pediatric nurse practitioner specialty area are listed below.


Year 1

Summer Session

  • NURS 6160: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (3 Credits)

Fall Semester

  • NURS 6100: Concepts and Context I: Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing (2 credits)
  • NURS 6140: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (2 credits)
  • NURS 6120: Health Promotion in Primary Care: Pediatric (3 credits)

January Term

  • NURS 6170: Procedures and Diagnostics in Primary Care (1 credits: 0.5 credit lab)
  • NURS 6125: Health Promotion Seminar and Clinical: Pediatric (1 credit clinical)

Spring Semester

  • NURS 6200: Concepts and Context II: Quality Improvement, Research, and Evidence-Based Practice in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 6223: Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan (3 credit)
  • NURS 6325: Primary Care I: Common and Acute Conditions in Pediatrics (6 credits: 3 credits clinical)

Year 2

Summer Session

  • NURS 7120: Primary Care II: Immunologic and Infectious Challenges in Pediatrics (6 credits: 3 credits clinical)

Fall Semester

  • NURS 7200: Concepts and Context III: Advanced Nursing Practice Nursing Role Synthesis (3 credits)
  • NURS 7320: Primary Care III: Chronic and Complex Conditions in Pediatrics and Families (6 credits: 3 credit clinical)

For detailed course descriptions, visit the courses page.