The post-graduate Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate is designed to prepare experienced nurses for career advancement in caring for patients in a pediatric primary care setting. Clinical courses build on existing skills and broaden knowledge base related to care of children essential to independent or collaborative practice in primary care settings. Students work with physicians and nurse practitioner preceptors in a wide variety of clinical agencies and practice settings.

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate is 30 credits and 610 clinical hours. The minimum time for program completion is 1.5 years, and students have up to five years to complete certificate requirements from first enrollment. Support courses are offered on-campus at Villanova University or online, while clinical courses are taught on-site. 

Required Courses

Course Number

NUR 8901

NUR 8910

NUR 8903

NUR 8863

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Advanced Physical Assessment

Advanced Pharmacology

Health Promotion of the Growing Child


3 credits

4 credits

3 credits

3 credits

Clinical Courses

NUR 8811

NUR 8812

NUR 8809

NUR 8810

NUR 8813

NUR 8814

Clinical Management in Pediatric Primary Care I

Practicum in Clinical Managment in Pediatric Primary Care I (305 hours clinical)

Issues in Adolescents

Practicum in Clinical Managment of Pediatric Primary Care II

Clinical Managment of Pediatric Primary Care III

Practicum in Clinical Managment in Pediatric Primary Care III (305 hours clinical)


3 credits

4 credits

1 credit

2 credits

3 credits

4 credits



Dr. Elizabeth Blunt, Director Nurse Practitioner Programs



Mary Terhaar, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Associate Dean, Graduate Program 

Elizabeth Blunt, PhD, RN, APRN, BC, FAANP
Director, Nurse Practitioner Programs

Jan Campbell 
Assistant Director, Graduate Programs



MaryAnn Cantrell, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Director, PhD Program

Jodie Szlachta, PhD, CRNA
Program Director, Post-baccalaureate Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice

Debra Shearer, EdD, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Director, Post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice

Sandi Schultz
Assistant Director, Doctoral Programs

Villanova Graduate Nursing Program