Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Note: Applications for the Fall 2019 PNP cohort have closed.  Applications for Fall 2020 will begin being accepted in September 2019.

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.

As a graduate of this program, you are eligible for certification through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board upon completion of your degree.

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)
  • C550 Child and Family Wellness (3 cr)
  • C551 Child Health Maintenance (3 cr)
  • C552 Advanced Practice in Ambulatory Care Nursing of Children I (4 cr)
  • C556 Advanced Nursing Management of the Pediatric Client (3 cr)
  • C666 Collaborative Clinical Practice in Pediatric Primary Health Care (4 cr)

Review the course descriptions.

Curriculum Delivery

  • Courses follow a traditional 15-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. Synchronous sessions are generally able to be attended either in-person or via videoconferencing technology. Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment includes five on-site lab days that must be attended in-person.
  • PNP Courses (20 credits) include hybrid courses that combine online coursework with some on-campus class sessions, as well as face-to-face courses that meet in-person up to one day every other week. 
  • Please see the PNP Track Guide for more details on course formats and sample plans of study.

Admission Timeline

  • Admission into the PNP track is offered one time per year for the fall semester.
  • The priority application deadline for Fall 2020 admission is January 15th, 2020.
  • Applications will continue to be accepted after the priority application deadline if space remains in the track.
  • Admissions notifications are sent out via email in mid-March.
  • You can find detailed application instructions by clicking the Apply Now button at right.