Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute Care (PNP-AC) concentration post-baccalaureate DNP (BSN to DNP) program of study consists of 90 credit hours and includes a three-year plan of study preparing graduate nursing students to care for children with complex chronic, acute, and critical illnesses across the pediatric age spectrum (from birth to young adulthood). The plan of study is based on the Population –Focused Nurse Practitioner Competencies for the acute care pediatric nurse practitioner (NONPF, 2013), the NP Core Competencies (NONPF, 2017) and the DNP Essentials (AACN, 2006). The practicum includes a variety of clinical experiences and settings designed to develop the student’s competency in the complex management of pediatric patients who may be physiologically unstable, technologically dependent, or are highly vulnerable to complications in an effort to restore/maximize optimal health or provide palliative care.

Students in this program will achieve the DNP program outcomes by building on the baccalaureate level pediatric nursing content and the student’s clinical experience as a staff nurse in an acute care pediatric setting. The primary teaching-learning practices used in this program are seminars, case studies/discussions, skills lab, simulation and practicum experiences. Practicum focuses on developing clinical competency in the role and scope of advanced pediatric nursing practice under the guidance of program faculty and direct supervision by approved preceptors.

For further information about this program of study, please contact the Office of Student Services/Affairs:

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