Master's/Post-master's Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Master's Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

In the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) track, we prepare nurse practitioners with extensive clinical practice and role preparation for advanced practice in pediatric primary care. Students work with physicians and nurse practitioner preceptors, and are given access to a wide variety of clinical agencies and practice settings.

Our core courses prepare you with the foundational knowledge required of all graduate students. These core courses can be taken on campus or online. Our clinical courses enable you to build on your existing clinical skills, broaden your knowledge base related to pediatric primary care, and gain the knowledge and skills essential to independent or collaborative practice in primary care settings. We place our students with preceptors who serve as mentors and role models throughout the clinical practice experience. Our graduates are highly respected for their knowledge and expertise and are employed in primary care settings across the country. Graduates also have the option to continue in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.  

At the completion of this track, the graduate will be able to:

  • Integrate advanced knowledge and experience in delivering safe, effective quality care to pediatric clients in primary care.
  • Demonstrate competence in managing the health/illness status of pediatric clients in primary care.
  • Manage and negotiate within the health care delivery system on behalf of pediatric clients in primary care.
  • Monitor and ensure quality health care for pediatric clients in primary care.
  • Incorporate an understanding of growth and development in planning and providing primary health care for pediatric clients.
  • Demonstrate leadership and competence in implementing the role of the primary care nurse practitioner
  • Engage in counseling, communication, collaboration and teaching in a manner that reflects caring, advocacy, ethics and professional standards.
  • Conceptualize one's individual role as a primary care nurse practitioner and one's personal philosophy of primary care practice.

MSN alumni rank program with high scores

M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing MSN alumni from 2014 and 2015 were surveyed on key satisfaction measures relating to their respective programs through Educational Benchmarking, Inc. (EBI).  EBI is a national standardized survey that is recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to be an important program outcome measure. The program earned high scores.

The MSN program, in the three categories of overall program effectiveness, learning and satisfaction, rated highly, far exceeding six high profile peer schools of nursing in the nation. It had similarly high scores, outpacing peers, when alumni indicated satisfaction with administration and academic advising, quality of curriculum, quality of faculty, instruction and support services.