Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)


The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner provides advanced clinical practice in the care of children, across the health and illness continuum and across practice settings.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Program

Students may choose to focus on becoming an Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) with expertise in pediatric primary health care and chronic illness for infants, children, and adolescents in community and clinic environments. The curriculum includes classroom and clinical experiences encompassing advanced health assessment, physiology and pathophysiology, management of common and complex health/illness conditions, family, child, and adolescent theory and development, nutrition, and advanced practice nursing role development.

There is a strong emphasis on addressing health disparities by preparing Pediatric Nurse Practitioners who have expertise to work with diverse, vulnerable, and underserved pediatric and adolescent populations.

Graduates of the program with a specialization in Advanced Practice Pediatric Nursing are prepared to become leaders in the care of children across the health and illness spectrum and across institutional boundaries. They are eligible for state licensure as a Nurse Practitioner and for national certification as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner through the Pediatric National Certification Board (PNCB) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This specialty area was formerly named "Advanced Practice Pediatric Nursing (APPN)."

Program Requirements and Recommendations

It is recommended that applicants have a minimum of one year pediatric nursing experience prior to commencing the PNP specialty content, and two years or more are highly recommended.

Fluency in spoken and written English is mandatory for acceptance into the program. Fluency in spoken and written Spanish is highly desirable. Due to sequencing of course requirements and clinical rotations, students should plan on beginning Fall quarter and attending as a full-time student for two years. The program is academically rigorous; therefore, prospective students should plan for no more than 60% work, and limited professional commitments during their graduate study.


Coursework and clinical residency in the PNP program provides didactic and practical knowledge development in advanced pediatric health assessment; family/child/adolescent development and theory; pediatric physiology and pathophysiology; nutritional and pharmacologic management in pediatrics; clinical management of the pediatric patient in primary and chronic care, pediatric sociocultural and ethical issues, and professional role development for the PNP.

In the first year, courses are taken in the Graduate core curriculum, and clinical skills begin development in the primary care setting. In the second year, the program includes further specialty courses in pediatric care, and immersion into the PNP clinical role, with some clinicals in the specialty outpatient setting. A total of 600 clinical hours are required for national certification. 


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