Wayne State University

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care (PNP-AC)

The Master of Science in Nursing with a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Acute Care (PNP-AC) clinical specialty prepares nurses for advanced practice in the care of acutely and critically ill children and adolescents. The goal of this innovative clinical specialty is to prepare advanced practice nurses who will promote the health and development of children and adolescents as individuals and as population groups encountering changing healthcare systems within urban and global environments.

M.S.N. graduates with a PNP-AC clinical specialty are prepared to provide expert clinical care to meet the specialized physiological and psychological needs of children and adolescents with complex acute, critical, and chronic health conditions and/or urgent, emergent, and life-threatening conditions.

The curriculum combines both broad foundational knowledge essential for the care of children as a vulnerable population, as well as specialty knowledge in pediatrics. Attention is given to health promotion, prevention of disease and disability, disease process, treatment, clinical management, and family-centered care provided in a variety of acute and critical care settings including hospitals, intensive care units, emergency departments, and clinics. Upon completion, students are eligible to take a certification examination through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).

Graduate Specialty Coordinator

Jessica Diver, M.S.N., RN, CPNP-AC
113 Cohn
313-577-4133
aq6019@wayne.edu            

Curriculum

Course requirements: 48 credits
Master's core courses: 13 credits
Course Title Credits
NUR 6510 Health Economics, Policy and Professional Issues for APNs 3
NUR 7015 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing I 4
NUR 7018 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing II 3
NUR 7105 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing  
Cognates: 7 credits
NUR 7444 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology across Lifespan 4
NUR 7207 Advanced Pediatric Pharmacology 3
Clinical course sequence: 28 credits
NUR 7030 Advanced Nursing Assessment 4
NUR 7225 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management I 8
NUR 7226 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management II 8
NUR 7227 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management III 8