Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
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.
All students in the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty are required to attend one* mandatory Clinical Skills Intensive provided by the USA Simulation Program during the fall term in which they are registered for MCN 558 and MCN 571.
The clinical skills intensive provides hands-on instruction for common advanced practice assessments and procedures pertinent to the pediatric acute care setting.
Students have the opportunity to request their preferred session on a first come, first serve basis. Simulation will contact students via Jag Mail with information on how to sign-up three months prior to the scheduled dates.
Please note the dates are for Clinical Skills Intensives only. The track coordinator may provide orientation dates, which are separate from CSI and Simulation.
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/Pediatric Acute 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 Healthcare 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 Healthcare 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
The University of South Alabama Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program provides the skills necessary for a rewarding career. Graduates are eligible and prepared to complete the appropriate national certification exam and apply for licensure to practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). It is the graduate’s responsibility to ensure the program meets the requirements to practice in their selected state or U.S. territory.