Wayne State University

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Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Acute Care Nursing

This Graduate Certificate Program will allow primary care-certified pediatric nurse practitioners to acquire the nationally-specified pediatric acute and critical care content and clinical skills needed to take the national pediatric acute care certification exam and then to function competently within the acute care scope of practice. It will require satisfactory completion of 18 credits of didactic content and clinical practice. The certificate provides nurses with essential knowledge and skills to assume 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 approximately 500 hours of acute care experience as required to meet the specialty competencies and the requirements to take the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care national certification exam.

Certificate Requirements:

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.

Certificate Requirements: 18 Credits
Course Title Credits
NUR 7225 APNWNC*: Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management I 2
NUR 7226 APNWNC*: Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management II 8
NUR 7227 APNWNC*: Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management III 8
*APNWNC: Advanced Practice Nursing with Women, Neonates & Children