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Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (ACPNP)


Children with complex, high acuity health care needs are growing in numbers and their management is presenting challenges. Acute Care Pediatric 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 ACPNP 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 Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners by the Board of Nursing and to take the ACPNP National Certification Exam through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

Judy LeFlore PhD, RN, NNP-BC, PNP-AC & PC ANEF
ACPNP Director

ACPNP Degree Plan | ACPNP Post Masters Certificate Degree Plan

This program provides you a background to:

  • Assume responsibility as an Acute Care Pediatric 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.

Job Opportunities
Acute Care Hospitals – Early Intervention – Child Protective Services
Emergency departments – Home Health – Consultation
Specialty practices and clinics – Rehabilitation HospitalsSubacute Care Hospitals