Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in primary care, you are prepared to provide comprehensive primary health care to well, at risk, and chronically ill children in a variety of settings. You develop knowledge in collaborative practice, health maintenance, chronic illness management, health policy, and patient advocacy.

Potential employment opportunities for graduates are found in:

  • Collaborative clinical practice
  • Federally qualified health centers in both urban and rural settings
  • School-based clinics
  • Tertiary care specialty programs
  • Urgent/emergency room
  • Group clinical practice/HMOs
  • Private practice
Graduates are eligible for certification as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). Additionally, as an advanced practice nurse, graduates qualify to apply for prescriptive authority from the Indiana Licensure Board.

42 credit hours
525 clinical hours

MSN Core Courses (22 Credit Hours)
  • N502 Nursing Theory I (3 cr)
  • N504 Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)
  • R500 Nursing Research Methods I (3 cr)
  • R505 Measurement & Data Analysis (3 cr)
  • Y515 Advanced Pathophysiology Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Y612 Advanced Pharmacology Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment Lifespan (4 cr)
PNP Track Courses (20 Credit Hours)
  • Y535 Dynamics of Family Health (3 cr)
  • C630 Clinical Concepts for PNP Practice (3 cr)
  • C640 Pediatric Primary Care for the APRN I (3 cr)
  • C641 PNP Practicum in Primary Care I (3 cr/225 clinical hrs)
  • C650 Pediatric Primary Care for the APRN II (3 cr)
  • C651 PNP Practicum in Primary Care II (5 cr/300 clinical hrs)

Review the course descriptions.

Program Details
  • Three-year/part-time plan of study.
  • A limited number of two-year/full-time plans of study may be offered when space allows.
  • Courses follow a traditional 16-week semester format; summer courses run across both summer sessions for 12 weeks.
  • MSN Core Courses (22 credits) are primarily taught online, with the potential for some synchronous class sessions via Zoom. Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment includes six on-site lab days and a final that must be attended in-person.
  • PNP Courses (20 credits) include hybrid courses that combine online coursework with on-campus class sessions.
  • Clinical experiences are arranged for students, 
  • All clinical hours must be completed within the state of Indiana due to supervision requirements.
Minimum Criteria for Admission
  • BSN degree from a CCNE or ACEN accredited program, or foreign equivalent.
  • BSN degree GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (as listed on BSN transcript.)
  • Active, unencumbered U.S. RN license. (Indiana RN license required at program start.)
  • One year of full-time RN experience in pediatrics or NICU at the time of application.
  • Completion of a three-credit hour undergraduate statistics course from an accredited college or university with a grade of B- or better.
  • Pass/fail courses are not accepted.
  • May be completed following application as long as it is completed prior to the start of the program. 
Admission Timeline
  • Admission into the PNP track is offered one time per year for the fall semester.
  • Applications for Fall 2022 will open September 15, 2021.
  • The application deadline for Fall 2022 admission is February 15, 2022.
  • Admissions notifications are sent out via email by April 11, 2o22.
  • You can find detailed application instructions by clicking the Apply Now button at right.