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Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (Online)

The PNP program prepares nurses to provide a range of healthcare services that promote wellness, prevent illness and manage health and illness needs of children from birth to early adulthood. The scope of practice of either the primary care or acute care NP is not setting specific, but is based on patient care needs. The particular expertise of the primary care PNP emphasizes disease prevention, health promotion and the management of patients with acute episodic and chronic health problems. The patient population of the acute care PNP includes care of patients with complex acute, critical and chronic illness, disability and/or injury. The number of credits and clinical hours are determined by requirements for board certification in pediatrics. The graduates are eligible to sit for national certification in Primary Care through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board or Acute Care through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

Please note: Admissions suspended only to the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program for review and revisions.

*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master's degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Seton Hall University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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  • TOP 75 US News Rankings of Graduate Nursing Programs
  • 80% Full-time Faculty with Doctoral Degrees
  • 12% Male Graduate Nursing Students
  • 20k+ Projected Shortage of Primary Care Physicians
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Led by our experienced faculty, students study theories of advanced nursing practice and learn to make independent clinical judgments. Courses cover acute care theory and practice, along with clinical pharmacology, advanced health assessments, major forces in health care and clinical decision-making. Students also learn about the peer review process, client advocacy, role negotiation and how to develop collaborative, interdisciplinary relationships. In their clinical instruction, our NP and physician faculty model collaborative behaviors, showing students the complementary roles of the advance-practice nurse and the physician firsthand. They also demonstrate the nurse practitioner’s unique contributions to patient care.

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Our faculty members are the backbone of the College of Nursing. They connect with other professional nurses - both nationally and internationally - to stay at the forefront of nursing practice. They actively conduct research at Seton Hall, all while working with students to help them reach their full potential.

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Judith Lothian
Graduate Chair and Professor - Graduate Dept.
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Diane McClure
Caritas Coach, Program Director, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program, Clinical Associate Professor
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Seton Hall University's College of Nursing has a mission to educate practitioners of nursing - from baccalaureate-prepared generalists to advanced practitioners - who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession. The college established its graduate program in 1975, its Ph.D. program in 2006 and its Doctor of Nursing Practice program in 2009. U.S. News & World Report ranks the College's graduate nursing programs among the top nursing programs nationwide.

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