This program prepares nurse to provide a range of healthcare services to children from birth to early adulthood, promoting wellness, preventing illness and managing health and illness needs.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner students may focus on one of the following aspects of care:
- The maintenance and promotion of health and the management of children with minor, acute and/or chronic illness in ambulatory care settings
- The maintenance and promotion of health of the school age population with emphasis placed on the assessment and management of children with disorders that impede the learning process
- Restoration and promotion of health for children in acute care settings.
The major emphasis of role preparation for the nurse practitioner program is to develop graduates with both expertise in the provision of health care and leadership ability in today’s healthcare environment.
Students complete courses in theory of advanced nursing practice, where they develop skill in making independent clinical judgments, as well as participate in experiences involving peer review, client advocacy, the development of collaborative, interdisciplinary relationships and role negotiation.
Clinical instruction is carried out by nurse/physician teams that actively model collaborative practice behaviors.
This model of instruction allows the student to see the complementary roles of the advanced practice nurse and the physician and demonstrates he unique contributions of nursing to the care of clients.
The individual courses comprising the pediatric nurse practitioner program can be found in the University’s graduate catalogue. Although these are delivered online, the College of Nursing places great emphasis on ensuring that learning teams work closely together and feel very much part of the College academic community.
Part of this commitment is the orientation weekend where students spend time on-campus meeting with the program director, faculty and, most importantly, other student in their learning team. Two further weekend residencies are scheduled during the course.
Students also spend 540 hours in supervised clinical practice, meeting eligibility criteria for national certification through either the National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses or the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
The College is affiliated with more than 200 clinical facilities that are carefully selected to provide relevant learning experiences for students wherever they are located.