Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

PNPs work collaboratively with other health team members to provide holistic health care that includes health promotion, disease prevention, and diagnosis and management of episodic and chronic illnesses.

Program Information

Pediatric PCNPA Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP) is a master’s or doctorally prepared advanced practice nurse who provides advanced nursing care to children of all ages in primary care clinics, health departments, rural health clinics and other out-patient settings.

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 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 Primary Care prior to starting the clinical portion of their program.

Clinical Orientation

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track classes are available only online. However, there is a mandatory orientation held during the fall semester of the first practicum course (MCN 549).  Attendance is required and will allow for questions and interaction with course faculty. Various clinical skills workshops will be held during the orientation.

While the NPPC/DNP classes are taught online, all students enrolled in MCN 548 (first NPPC clinical course) are required to attend a mandatory two (2) day orientation.  Attendance is required and will allow for questions and interaction with course faculty. Various clinical skills workshops will be held during the orientation.

Pediatric NP - Primary Care Orientation Dates:

August 27-28, 2018

September 10-11, 2018

Please note these dates are for Simulation Intensives only. The coordinator for each specialty track will provide full orientation dates.

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 Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

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Please feel free to contact Dr. Ashley Marass for more information about this specialty: