Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

A nurse holding a baby while another nurse listens to the baby's chest


This program prepares students for the role of Nurse Practitioner in Pediatric Nursing in an acute care environment.

▼   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

  •  Sept 4-6, 2019. 8a-5p all days

for those students beginning the specialty course MCN 558 in the fall semester of 2019. 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.

Acute Care PNP FAQ

▼   Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Curriculum

BSN-MSN students complete all support, MSN core, and MSN specialty courses for a total of 45 credit hours.  The MSN degree must be completed within five years of matriculation.

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
MSN 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
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
RN to MSN students who are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a non-nursing discipline must also complete the following courses.
RN-MSN Courses
NU 404 - Evidence Based Practice & Informatics 3 credit hours


Please feel free to contact Dr. Lisa Dailey for more information about this specialty: