Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
The acute care PNP clinical is usually a combination of pediatric ER, Pediatric ICU, and general pediatric inpatient floors.
The 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.
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.
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.
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
- Sept 4-6, 2019. 8a-5p all days
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.
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 Clinical Affairs 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.
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.
BSN-DNP students complete all support, MSN specialty, DNP Core, DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses for a total of 69 credit hours. The following DNP core courses are required for the completion of the MSN degree: NU 607, NU 608, NU 610, and NU 613. Both MSN and DNP degrees must be completed within seven years. The MSN portion must be completed within the first five years of the program.
MSN-DNP students adding a new specialty must complete the support courses if they have not previously completed the courses in their MSN program. They must complete the specialty courses and support courses, if needed, to complete the Post-Graduate Certificate. The DNP core, DNP Project Planning & Development, and Residency courses are required for completion of the DNP degree. This program is a total of 60 credit hours or 69 credit hours if support courses are needed. The Post-Graduate Certificate must be completed within two calendar years. The student has seven years to complete both the Post-Graduate Certificate and DNP degree for this program.
MSN-DNP for Advanced Practice Roles must only complete the DNP core, DNP Project Planning & Development, and Residency courses to complete the DNP degree. This is a total of 36 credit hours. The student has a total of five years to complete the degree requirements.
- NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment (3 credit hours)
- NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing (3 credit hours)
- NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses (3 credit hours)
Pediatric Acute Care NP Specialty Courses
- MCN 558 – Introduction to Pediatric Acute Care NP (3 credit hours)
- MCN 571 – Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Neonatal NP and Pediatric Acute Care NP (2 credit hours)
- MCN 562 – Pediatric Acute Care NP I (3 credit hours)
- MCN 563 – Pediatric Acute Care NP Practicum I - 180 clinical hours (3 credit hours)
- MCN 564 –Pediatric Acute Care NP II (3 credit hours)
- MCN 565 – Pediatric Acute Care NP Practicum II - 180 clinical hours (3 credit hours)
- MCN 566 – Pediatric Acute Care NP Practicum III - 240 clinical hours (4 credit hours)
- MCN 567 – Pediatric Acute Care NP III (3 credit hours)
DNP Core Courses
- NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
- NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care (3 credit hours)
- NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance (3 credit hours)
- NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership (3 credit hours)
- NU 611 - Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems (3 credit hours)
- NU 612 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health (3 credit hours)
- NU 615 - Quality Improvement and Outcomes Assessment (3 credit hours)
- NU 616 - Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems (3 credit hours)
Pediatric Acute Care NP DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency
- MCN 604 - Pediatric Acute Care NP PP&D (3 credit hours)
- MCN 617 - Pediatric Acute Care NP Residency I - 180 specialty clinical hours (3 credit hours)
- MCN 618 - Pediatric Acute Care NP Residency II - 180 specialty clinical hours (3 credit hours)
- MCN 619 - Pediatric Acute Care NP Residency III - 180 specialty clinical hours (3 credit hours)