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
Upon completion of your degree, you are eligible for certification as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. Additionally, as an advanced practice nurse, you 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.

Curriculum Delivery
  • 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. 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 and a final 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 distance-accessible courses that offer the opportunity to attend in-person or from a distance via videoconferencing technology. 
  • Clinical experiences are arranged for students; all clinical hours must be completed within the state of Indiana.
  • 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.
  • Applications for Fall 2022 will open September 15, 2021.
  • The application deadline for Fall 2022 admission is January 15th, 2022.
  • Admissions notifications are sent out via email by April 1st.
  • You can find detailed application instructions by clicking the Apply Now button at right.