Nurse Practitioner Tracker: Pediatric Primary Care
The online Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track is designed to prepare practitioners who will take advanced nursing roles as clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in the rapidly changing, evidence-driven healthcare environment. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and critical use of evolving technology.
The Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner provides advanced nursing care across the continuum of healthcare services to meet the specialized physiological needs of patients from infancy through adolescence. Pediatric Nurse Practitioners competently manage well-child care as well as complex, acute, and chronic healthcare conditions.
The online graduate Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program is a high-quality program that demands a major commitment of time by the advanced practice nursing student. Because students are being educated to diagnose and treat patients, the master’s program was designed to combine the convenience of online learning with the necessary rigor to become a competent and confident advanced practice nurse on graduation.
While the majority of the track is online, students are required to be on campus every quarter starting with NURS 550 the Advanced Physical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning course and throughout all clinical practicum courses including NURS 642, 643, 644 and 645. When students come to campus they participate in simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in our new state of the art multidisciplinary patient simulation lab.
On completion of the program, students are eligible for pediatric primary care nurse practitioner certification through ANCC or PNCB.
Key Program Features
- Synchronous online lectures are offered in a highly interactive, e-learning method that challenges and engages students.
- Clinically active faculty with national board certification.
- Mandatory on-campus visits:
- Year 2 fall quarter mandatory track orientation - 1/2 day.
- NURS 550 – Advanced Physical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning. Students are required to come to campus for up to 6 days — 3 days for midpoint review and skills evaluation and for a 3 day final re-demonstration of the physical examination. Please note, students are required to attend the clinical orientation day.
- NURS 642 PNP I – Summer Residency 5 days.
- NURS 643 PNP II – Fall Simulation Experience 2 days.
- NURS 644 PNP III – Winter Simulation Experience 2 days.
- NURS 645 PNP IV – Spring Residency – 5 days.
This is a 55-credit graduate track with a 640 clinical hour requirement. Clinical practicum courses consist of two parts; didactic lectures and clinical practicum rotations that run concurrently. The didactic lectures are held once a week online for three hours. Each clinical practicum course has a required 160 total clinical hours. Students typically complete two eight hour clinical days each week.