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Graduate Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care (PNP-AC)

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Acute Care (PNP-AC) graduate certificate will allow primary care-certified pediatric nurse practitioners to acquire the nationally-specified pediatric acute care content and clinical skills needed to take the national pediatric acute care certification exam and  to function competently within the pediatric acute care scope of practice. It will require satisfactory completion of a minimum of 16 credits of didactic content and clinical practice. The graduate certificate provides nurses with essential knowledge and skills to assume pediatric acute care roles in a myriad of settings using a patient and family-centered care model. Courses focus on integrating advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, and acute clinical care and management. Specific clinical experiences in two of the courses will be tailored to meet needs of individual graduate certificate students. Students will be expected to acquire minimally 500 hours of acute care experience as required to meet the specialty competencies and the requirements to take the PNP-AC national certification exam.

The certificate must be earned within three years. No transfer of credit will be accepted for a certificate program. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College and the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees.

Applicants for admission to this Graduate Certificate must have an MSN or a DNP from a nationally accredited institution.

The following graduate-level cognate courses may be required based on a gap analysis.

NUR 7444 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology across the Lifespan (or equivalent)
NUR 7207 Advanced Pediatric Pharmacology (or equivalent)
NUR 7030 Advanced Nursing Assessment (or equivalent)

Certificate Requirements: 18 Credits




NUR 7225

Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management I


NUR 7226

Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management II


NUR 7227

Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management III


*Based on gap analysis