Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program
- Primary care pediatric nurse practitioners enhance the health care of children through providing specialized care to them and their families. The result is a focus on the overall well-being of children that recognizes and respects the family's strengths as caregivers and supplements those strengths to benefit the children.
- The role of PCPNPs is continuously evolving and expanding to meet the increasingly complex health care needs of the pediatric population.
- Primary care pediatric nurse practitioners practice in a variety of settings such as nurse-managed clinics, rural health clinics, schools and community clinics, specialty clinics, and group clinical practice/HMOs.
- Pediatric nurse practitioners are advocates in local and national legislative affairs relating to children's health policy and reform as well as participate in public education.
Education and Practice
- well child examinations
- routine developmental screenings
- diagnosis and treatment of common childhood illnesses
- guidance regarding common child health concerns
- childhood immunizations
- school physicals.
Students learn to implement relevant health promotion interventions; assess, diagnose and manage minor acute and chronic health conditions; and educate children and families about positive health practices. In addition to providing direct care to children, graduates learn the skills unique to participating in multidisciplinary collaborations, research, and community education.
Listed below are the required courses for the Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program. The Primary Care Pediatric NP students will be placed in clinical settings appropriate to the NP role. The curriculum is offered in an on-campus format; however, a few of the core courses may be web-blended. The Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program is offered as a Fall term (September) start only. There are two options for the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner curriculum: 2 year and 2.5 years.
Sample Plan of Study
|Course Number||Course Name|
|N528||Models, Theories and Methods to Promote Optimal Health Outcomes|
|N527||Promoting Optimal Models and Systems for Healthcare Delivery|
|N529||Scientific and Analytic Approaches for Advanced Practice|
|N523||Role Transition to APRN||3||Fall|
|N502||Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan||4|
|Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nurses|
|CDM II: Infant, Child and Adolescent Health: Primary Health Care across Multiple Settings|
|CDM I: Infant, Child and Adolescent Health: Wellness and Management of Common Illness|
|Advanced Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practium|
|Advanced Practice Specialty Procedures and Skills for Pediatric Primary Care|
Required Cognate Courses
|HS505||Team-based Clinical Decision Making||2|
Minimum Number of Credits Required = 50
Minimum Required Clinical Hours = 560
Providing health maintenance care for children
Conducting well child examinations
Performing developmental screenings
Diagnosing and treating common childhood illnesses
Providing anticipatory guidance regarding common child health concerns, child safety and normal growth and development
Administering childhood immunizations
Performing school and sports physicals
Offering health promotion, disease prevention, and health education information
Providing care to vulnerable populations
Giving culturally sensitive care