Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care (PNP-PC) 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 from birth to young adulthood. The plan of study is based on the Population –Focused Nurse Practitioner Competencies: Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Competencies (NONPF, 2013), the NP Core Competencies (NONPF, 2017) and the DNP Essentials (AACN, 2006). The practicum experience immerses the student into primary care and community health settings designed to develop the student’s competency in the prevention and management of common acute and chronic pediatric illnesses all in an effort to support optimal health of children within the context of their families and community.

Students in this program will achieve the DNP program outcomes by building on the baccalaureate level comprehensive pediatric nursing content. 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.


Choose a Pathway:
I earned a BSN degree



BSN-DNP Concentrations

Dual Concentrations

Advanced Specialties

Note: The BSN-to-DNP pathway for NP concentrations are each nine semesters in length and are designed to build upon the BSN curriculum. The curriculum integrates DNP competencies throught each course while devloping the RN with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to engage in autonomous NP practice within selected population-focused concentrations.

I earned a MSN/MN degree



Post-Masters-DNP in the same role and population as master's degree and current certification

Post-Masters-DNP to add a new APRN role or population to current certification

  • AGACNP
  • AGPCNP
  • PNP-AC
  • PNP-PC
  • PCFNP
  • PMHNP

Advanced Specialties

Note: Applicants who have earned a Master's degree without an APRN concentration (e.g. clinical nurse leader, healthcare management, nursing education) should apply via the BSN-DNP pathway.


Leanne Fowler  
Leanne H. Fowler, DNP, AGACNP-BC
Director, Nurse Practitioner Program