The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program prepares advanced practice nurses to manage the care of the patient from birth to 21 years of age and their family, in a changing health care system. Emphasis is on health promotion and management of the acute and chronically ill pediatric patient. The pediatric nurse practitioner provides leadership and promotes research in development of health care services for children in the community. Graduates are prepared to be recognized as advanced practice nurses by the Texas Board of Nursing and to take Pediatric Nurse Practitioner National Certification Exams offered by National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses and American Nurses Credentialing Center.
PNP Director: Dr. Judy LeFlore
This program provides you a background to:
- Assume responsibility as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner to provide health care to pediatric patients and families in a variety of settings.
- Develop collaborative relationships with community agencies concerned with health problems related to economic, psychosocial, cultural and environmental factors in the quality improvement of health care delivery to the pediatric population.
- Provide pediatric care and case management for patients in ambulatory settings, acute and chronically ill community settings, acute care facilities and extended care facilities.
- Use research and theoretical principles in the management and quality improvement of health care delivery and clinical outcomes.
Job OpportunitiesCommunity Based Clinics – Chronic/Illness Management in Acute Care Settings
Adolescent Health Care – Specialty Pediatric Clinics such as Cardiology, Asthma
Consultant – Managed Care Organizations
Case Management – Private Pediatric Practices
School Based/Linked Clinics