Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The acute care PNP clinical is usually a combination of pediatric ER, Pediatric ICU, and general pediatric inpatient floors.

Program Information

Pediatric ACNPThe acute care track will require you to do 600 hours in an acute care setting such as a hospital.  The acute care PNP clinical is usually a combination of pediatric ER, Pediatric ICU, and general pediatric inpatient floors.  Students are admitted each semester as space is available in the selected specialty track. All courses are offered completely in the online format, for the convenience of distance students and working nurses.

Acute Care PNP FAQ

Support Courses

Students applying for a new certification must complete Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Life Span if the student has not yet taken them.

Clinical Experience

BSN to DNP students and MSN to DNP students adding a certification in a new specialty area must have two years of nursing experience in the area of Pediatric Acute Care prior to starting the clinical portion of their program.

Clinical Orientation

All students enrolled in the first specialty course are required to attend a mandatory three-day clinical orientation on campus during that fall term. Various clinical skills workshops will be held during the orientation.

The mandatory Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner orientation dates will be

October 4-6, 2018 

for those students beginning the specialty course MCN 558 in the fall semester of 2018. Please note these dates are for Simulation Intensives only. The coordinator for each specialty track will provide full orientation dates. Each event will take place at USA College of Nursing. You will receive more information as the date approaches via your JAG e-mail. Please make plans to attend.

Clinical Affiliations

Specialty tracks within the College of Nursing’s graduate program require a practice component. Although faculty assists students in locating appropriate practice/clinical sites, it is the student’s responsibility to secure a site and preceptor if indicated. Students who are unsuccessful in being accepted by an agency in their home community may have to travel to another area to complete practice requirements. Please review the list of Clinical Affiliations on the College of Nursing Web Site. If there is not a clinical site listed near you or you are interested in a site not listed, negotiations should be initiated as soon as you begin the program through the Track Coordinator for your specialty.

DNP Residency

The program does not require a thesis or dissertation; however, students are required to complete an evidence-based scholarly project that results in a quality improvement change and has a substantial effect on health care and patient outcomes. Residency requirements for the scholarly project can be completed in the student’s home region with an approved mentor.


MSN-DNP for Advanced Nursing Practice Roles

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MSN-DNP Adding New Certification in Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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Please feel free to contact Dr. Anne Hedger for more information about this specialty: