Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Graduate Certificate)

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This certificate program is designed for nurses seeking to become pediatric nurse practitioners. Providing a foundation for this certificate are graduate courses in application of theory to advanced practice; application of evidence to advanced practice; advanced pathophysiology; advanced health assessment and advanced pharmacology. Advanced pediatric nursing theory and clinical courses focus on the development of a framework for developmentally supportive, family-centered, culturally appropriate advanced nursing practice with infants, children and families.

Degree Offered

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Graduate Certificate)



Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

Application Deadline

Priority Deadline: December 15

Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis after this deadline. Apply as soon as possible for consideration.

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Admission Requirements

ASU has set minimum standards for admission to graduate programs. This program has additional requirements that must be met in order to be considered for the program.

Additional Application Information

All students are also required to have an unencumbered Arizona RN license or an unencumbered compact state RN license as mandated by the Arizona State Board of Nursing. The RN license must remain unencumbered throughout enrollment in any nursing program.

Applicants are required to have an in-person interview with the program faculty.

Applicants are asked to submit an admission essay addressing:

  1. Describe your career goal(s) for the next 5-10 years and discuss how obtaining a NP certificate from Arizona State University will help you meet these goals.
  2. Read the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006). Focus on one of the first seven essentials and describe how meeting this essential will further your career goal(s).

All College of Nursing and Health Innovation students are required to complete health and safety requirements, and must have a passing disposition on a background clearance and satisfactory completion of a substance screen with the program’s identified agency.

One year of clinical experience working within the student's specialty population is preferred.

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency per the Graduate College requirement and all requirements for the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools.

For U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Program Disclosure information, please see the College of Nursing and Health Innovation website.

Degree Requirements

Required Core (32 credit hours)
DNP 640 Advanced Human Pathophysiology Pediatrics (4)
DNP 641 Advanced Health Assessment Pediatrics (3)
DNP 642 Applied Pharmacotherapeutics for Pediatrics (3)
DNP 643 Developmentally Based Care of the Well Child (3)
DNP 644 Well Child Advanced Practicum (3)
DNP 645 Management of Common Problems in Pediatric Primary Care (3)
DNP 646 Management of Common Problems in Pediatric Primary Care Practicum (5)
DNP 647 Management of Complex and Chronic Health Problems in Pediatric Primary Care (3)
DNP 648 Management of Complex & Chronic Problems Pediatric Primary Care Practicum (5)

Additional Curriculum Information
Nurses who complete this certificate will meet the eligibility requirements to take a national pediatric nurse practitioner certification examination. In addition to completing didactic courses, students will complete 13 credit hours (585 clock hours) of pediatric practicum experiences in a community setting.

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