MS in Nursing with Emphasis in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care

Students who pursue the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner area of study will be prepared as primary pediatric nurse clinicians providing comprehensive healthcare from birth through young adulthood by assessment, diagnosis, management, and evaluation of care. Special emphasis is placed on the knowledge, skills, and expertise to emphasize health promotion, injury and disease prevention, and management in coping with chronic illness among children.

  • Manage clinical efforts in the primary care setting
  • Provide visionary leadership
  • Implement evidence-based practice 

Degree Requirements

The MS(N) Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care curriculum provides core master’s coursework in combination with Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialty courses. Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care specialty courses focus on care of the patient and the family, with a special emphasis on the rural and underserved. They do so by utilizing evidence practice guidelines.

The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) offers certification as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care. Students who have completed a master’s degree in Nursing in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care emphasis area are eligible to sit for the exam.

Students must complete the core course required of the MS in Nursing in addition to coursework for the declared emphasis area. 

Core Courses
NURSE 7110Advanced Nursing Roles and Professional Communication3
NURSE 7160Scientific Foundations for Health Sciences4
NURSE 8170Public Health, Sociocultural Issues, and Health Policy3
NURSE 8910Translational Evidence-Based Nursing Practice3
NURSE 8990Practice Inquiry1
Emphasis Area Coursework
NURSE 7120Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology3
NURSE 7130Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics3
NURSE 7140Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion3.5
NURSE 8010Family Dynamics and Intervention3
NURSE 8210Special Health Care Needs of Children3.5
NURSE 8420Newborn Through Adolescence Primary Care3.5
NURSE 8430Reproductive and Sexual Health Primary Care3.5
NURSE 8540Advanced Diagnostics and Reasoning I3.5
NURSE 8680Pediatric Mental Health Assessment and Treatment3.5
NURSE 8980Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum2-3

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