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Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner MSN


Children with complex, high acuity health care needs are growing in numbers and their management is presenting challenges. Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioners are prepared to function in collaborative practices to provide children with special health care needs, and their families with interventions to facilitate optimum health and growth. The degree seeking PACNP program is for eligible, experienced pediatric registered nurses who wish to expand their scope of practice as a nurse practitioner. The post-masters program is designed for pediatric nurse practitioners who are nationally certified, and who are graduates of a MSN program. The programs prepare qualified candidates to practice in acute and chronic health care environments including critical care, emergency rooms, specialty office practices or clinics, as well as intensive rehabilitation and early intervention programs. Graduates are prepared to be recognized as Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioners by the Board of Nursing and to take the PACNP National Certification Exam through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

Heather Holland Snell, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC
Director of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs (Primary & Acute) and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, College of Nursing - Graduate Nursing

This program provides you a background to:

  • Assume responsibility as an Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner to provide healthcare to children with complex health needs in secondary and tertiary settings and their families.
  • Utilize expertise in providing care to acutely ill children, including diagnostic reasoning, complex monitoring, and intense therapies.
  • Use research and theoretical knowledge in implementing therapies that restore health, minimize complications, reduce risk factors and improve the growth and development of the child.
  • Coordinate the acute care of the child in collaboration with other health care professionals with attention to principles of ethics, advocacy for the child and family, and an understanding of varying constructs of culture.

Online Program also available, see: Master of Science in Nursing in Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Online.  To speak to an enrollment specialist about this online program, click here to request information.

Course List

Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program
Course List
Course Number Title Description Prerequisites? Hours:
Credit/Clinical
Total Semester Credit Hours: 45
Total Clinical Hours: 720
NURS 5327 Exploration of Science and Theories for Nursing This course provides a critical examination of the philosophical and theoretical bases for nursing science. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5366 Principles of Research in Nursing This course focuses on integration of theoretical and empirical principles of nursing research to generate evidence for nursing practice. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5367 Evidence-Based Practice Preparation to lead evidence-based practice teams, to interpret best evidence, to plan for change, to evaluate outcomes, and to disseminate the project. Yes:
NURS 5366 and 5327
3 / 0
NURS 5315 Advanced Pathophysiology This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology across the lifespan. Principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and nutrition are applied to disease processes. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5334 Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners Study of clinical pharmacological therapeutics for advanced nursing practice. Yes:
NURS 5315 or Cert. Program Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5316 Advanced Health Assessment Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan. Yes:
NURS 5315 or Cert. Program Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5350 Role of the Nurse in Advanced Practice Theory and application of the multiple roles of the advanced practice nurse within the health care system. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5465 Primary Pediatric Care This course focuses on advanced concepts and knowledge for nurse practitioners management of designated minor acute, chronic and complex health problems of pediatric patients and their families in primary care healthcare settings. Yes:
NURS 5334 and NURS 5316.
N5367 or concurrent enrollment.
4 / 0
NURS 5467 Pediatric Complex Care This course focuses on advanced concepts and knowledge for nurse practitioner management of designated acute, chronic and complex health problems of pediatric patients and their families in multiple healthcare settings. Yes:
NURS 5465 or current enrollment or Cert. Program Standing
4 / 0
NURS 5466 Pediatric Acute Care This course focuses on advanced concepts and knowledge for nurse practitioner management of designated critical, acute, chronic and complex health problems of pediatric patients and their families in an acute care facility. Yes:
NURS 5465
4 / 0
NURS 5373 Pediatric Acute Care Clinical Practice I Initial clinical preceptorship in selected acute and chronic care health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge and concepts of advanced nursing practice implementing the pediatric acute care nurse practitioner role in evidenced based patient care. Graded. Yes:
NURS 5467 or concurrent enrollment. Good academic standing (GPA 3.0) or Cert. Program Standing.
3 / 180
NURS 5374 Pediatric Acute Care Clinical Practice II Continue clinical preceptorship in selected acute and chronic care health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge and concepts of advanced nursing practice implementing the pediatric nurse practitioner role in evidenced based patient care. Graded. Yes:
NURS 5373 or concurrent enrollment. Good academic standing (GPA 3.0) or Cert. Program Standing.
3 / 180
NURS 5631 Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice. Yes:
All courses in major must be completed. Good academic standing with minimum 3.0 GPA.
6 / 360