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:

  • Aug 19‐20, 2019  
  • Aug 26‐27, 2019

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.

Curriculum

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.

Support Courses

  • 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 Primary NP Specialty Courses

  • MCN 548 – Introduction to Pediatric Primary Care NP (3 credit hours)
  • MCN 551 – Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Pediatric Primary Care NP (2 credit hours)
  • MCN 552 – Pediatric Primary Care NP I (3 credit hours)
  • MCN 553 – Pediatric Primary Care NP Practicum I - 180 clinical hours (3 credit hours)
  • MCN 554 – Pediatric Primary Care NP Nursing II (3 credit hours)
  • MCN 555 – Pediatric Primary Care NP Practicum II - 180 clinical hours (3 credit hours)
  • MCN 556 – Pediatric Primary Care NP Practicum III - 240 clinical hours (4 credit hours)
  • MCN 557 – Pediatric Primary 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 Primary Care NP DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency

  • MCN 654 - Pediatric Primary Care NP PP&D (3 credit hours)
  • MCN 655 - Pediatric Primary Care NP Residency I - 180 specialty clinical hours (3 credit hours)
  • MCN 656 - Pediatric Primary Care NP Residency II - 180 specialty clinical hours (3 credit hours)
  • MCN 657 - Pediatric Primary Care NP Residency III - 180 specialty clinical hours (3 credit hours)

Contacts

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