Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Program Description

The Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Program is designed to prepare nurses who seek advanced knowledge and skill to practice as pediatric nurse practitioners in the delivery of primary health care to infants, children, and adolescents. The core curriculum provides students with an in-depth understanding of advanced nursing practice and enables them to apply this understanding to a variety of settings, such as community health centers, day care programs, chronic care facilities, outpatient facilities, private practice offices, schools, health departments, and homes. PNPs who are prepared at this master’s degree level exercise sophisticated clinical judgement based on advanced theoretical and scientific knowledge, serve as models in collaborative practice with other health care professionals, and lead in the advancement of contemporary professional nursing by contributing to practice, research, and theory building.

Graduates are eligible for certification as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in New York State. Graduates are also eligible to take the certifying examination offered by NCBPNP/N and/or ANCC.

The Program Director for the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty is Rita Marie John, DNP, EdD, CPNP.

Clinical Sites

Clinical sites are available in the tri-state area and beyond, and can be permanent or rotating. Clinical sites vary in setting and you can be assigned location at hospitals, out-patient clinics, home care, or schools to name a few.


Please contact the Office of Admissions for details regarding admission and financial aid packages.

Admission criteria include:

*RN's with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree are required to complete 5 credits in community health in addition to the course requirement listed. The courses that fulfill the community health requirement are N6703, The Science of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in the Community (3 didactic credits) and N5292, Nursing Practice in the Community (2 clinical credits).


For Applicants Who Hold an Undergraduate Degree in Nursing
A sample program plan is provided to make you aware of the academic requirements of the program. Please be advised that this program plan is a sample, and individual plans of study are reviewed and approved upon acceptance to the program. Progression in the program is contingent upon meeting academic policies. The School of Nursing reserves the right to change the course offering schedule as stated in the student bulletin.

Sample Program Plan

Course Number Course Name Credits Type
Summer I: 9 Credits
Advanced Physiology 3 Core
Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan for PNP students 3 Specialty
Evaluation and Application of Research 3 Core
Fall I: 12 Credits
Pediatric Primary Care Nursing I 3 Specialty
Pediatric Primary Care Nursing I: Clinical 2 Specialty
Clinical Seminar in Pediatric Primary Care I 1 Specialty
Health and Social Policy: The Context for Practice and Research 3 Core
Advanced Pediatric and Neonatal Pharmacology 3 Specialty
Spring I: 10 Credits
Pathophysiology of Child 3 Specialty
Clinical Seminar in Pediatric Primary Care II 1 Specialty
Pediatric Primary Care Nursing II 2 Specialty
Clinical Practicum: Pediatric Primary Care Nursing II 4 Specialty
Summer II: 5 Credits
Emergency Pediatric Nursing 1 Specialty
Interpersonal Violence and Abuse: Prevention, Assessment and Intervention for Health Care Professionals 1 Specialty
Management and Advanced Practice Nursing 1 Specialty
Pediatric Primary Care Nursing III: Clinical 2 Specialty
Fall II: 6 Credits
Clinical Seminar in Pediatric Primary Care III 1 Specialty
Pediatric Primary Care Nursing III 2 Specialty
Pediatric Primary Care Nursing III 3 Specialty
Total Credits  

This page was last updated on 06/04/2012 and is subject to change at any time.

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