Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care (PNP-PC)

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care (PNP-PC) graduate certificate provides acute care-certified pediatric nurse practitioners with essential knowledge and skills in pediatric primary care with a particular focus on care of children with complex chronic conditions. It will require satisfactory completion of a minimum of 16 credits of didactic content and clinical practice. The certificate provides nurses with essential knowledge and skills to assume pediatric primary care roles in myriad settings using a patient and family-centered care model.

Courses focus on integrating advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, primary care clinical care and management. Specific clinical experiences will be tailored to meet needs of individual graduate certificate students. Students will be expected to acquire approximately 500 hours of primary care experience as required to meet the specialty competencies and the requirements to take the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care national certification exam offered by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).

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.

Applicants for admission to this Graduate Certificate must have an MSN or DNP from a nationally accredited institution and be certified as an Acute Care PNP.

Additional coursework may be required based on a gap analysis.

Certificate requirements: 16 credits*




NUR 7226

Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management II


NUR 7227

Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management III


*Based on gap analysis, the following graduate-level cognate courses may be required and an additional one-credit procedural directed study may be required.

  • NUR 7444 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology across the Lifespan
  • NUR 7207¬†Advanced Pediatric Pharmacology
  • NUR 7030 Advanced Nursing Assessment
  • NUR 6510 Health Economics, Policy and Professional Issues for APNs

Terminal objectives/learning outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students can expect to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate competence in primary care pediatric nurse practitioner clinical practice as characterized by the Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies (NONFP, 2012) and Population-Focused Nurse Practitioner Competencies-Pediatric Primary Care (NONPF, 2013).
  2. Practice collaboratively within the health care system while providing care to infants, children, and adolescents with complex acute, critical, and chronic health conditions and families.
  3. Use knowledge, innovation, creativity and cultural competence to adapt healthcare interventions based on the interrelationships among person, environment and health.
  4. Analyze current knowledge for acute care pediatric nurse practitioner practice, evaluate effectiveness of health care interventions, and use evidence-based care in clinical practice.
  5. Engage in scholarly activity to advance knowledge in pediatric acute care and collect accurate outcome and clinical practice data/statistics.
  6. Provide leadership in pediatric acute health care through active involvement in professional organizations, clinical teaching, and political awareness/involvement.

Graduate Specialty Coordinator

Lydia McBurrows, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC
262 Cohn