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Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Certificate Curriculum

Program Objectives 

The Postgraduate Non-Degree certificate is intended for nurses who already have an advanced practice graduate degree in nursing (MSN or DNP) who wish to specialize in a different clinical area.

We provide the training to help you specialize in acute care pediatrics.  

You will be prepared to sit for the CPNP-AC exam of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. 

Your didactic and clinical curriculum is individualized based on your previous graduate work. A gap analysis is required.

Contact the program director

Graduation Requirements 

You must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours, depending on previous coursework and your initial degree as an advanced practice registered nurse.  

The number of clinical hours is determined by the gap analysis and varies from 500 to 750.

Course Curriculum

Specialty curriculum content

  • NSG-557A  Pediatric Acute Care I (Credits: 3) 
  • NSG-557B  Pediatric Acute Care II (Credits: 3) 

Subtotal: 6 

Specialty practica

  • NRS-541P  Specialty Practicum (Credits: 1-12) 
    • Credit hours: 3, clock hours: 252 
  • NRS-600P  Specialty Residency (Credits: 1-7) 
    • Credit hours: 3, clock hours: 252 

Subtotal: 6 

Total: 12

Additional courses or clinical hours may be required after a gap analysis is completed. Contact the program director. 

*Palliative care Training: ELNEC pediatric, palliative care certification or palliative care coursework to be completed prior to 557A.

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