Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Graduate Certificate)

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This certificate program, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, is designed for nurses who are board-certified in a different APRN specialty who seek additional certification as an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner or for nurses with a doctoral degree in nursing who seek to become an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner.

Courses focus on the development of a framework for developmentally supportive, family-centered, culturally appropriate advanced nursing practice for infants, children with unstable chronic, complex acute and life-threatening illnesses.

This program is offered in a hybrid in-person and iCourse format that requires students to travel to campus for up to a week for orientation at the beginning of the program and then two or three times per semester.

Focused clinical experiences are arranged with appropriate preceptors and administrators for students residing in Arizona. In-state students who live in Maricopa County are assigned clinical experiences in that geographic area. In-state students who live outside of Maricopa County may be assigned clinical placements in other areas of Arizona based on the college's ability to secure clinical agreements with those sites. In the event that clinical sites are unavailable in the student's geographical area OR if the faculty determines the student needs additional faculty supervision for clinical progress in the program, the student is required to complete the clinical experience in the Phoenix area.

Students residing outside of Arizona will be responsible for identifying one or more clinical sites in their area of residence. These sites must be approved by the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation before starting any clinical experience.

Experiences with disadvantaged and multicultural populations are encouraged as are experiences in rural areas when sites are available for these experiences. These sites may be available in Maricopa County.

At A Glance

Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Graduate Certificate)

Plan of study

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

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Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's and master's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. three professional letters of recommendation.
  4. professional resume
  5. goal statement
  6. admission essay
  7. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

International students who need an F1 or J1 visa first need to apply to and be accepted into a graduate degree program prior to being considered for the certificate program. International students residing in the USA on other types of visas must adhere to all Graduate College policies and procedures regarding admission be considered for admission to this certificate program.

A current unencumbered RN license in the state in which the student plans to do clinical practicums is required. 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.

Must be nationally certified as a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner. Nationally certified family nurse practitioners working as a nurse practitioner in a pediatric setting will be considered.

The goal statement should indicate the applicant's understanding of the role of the advance practice nurse with the population of interest and any experience the applicant may have working with the patient population of interest.

The admission essay should briefly describe how meeting "The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice" (2006) will further their career goals.

An interview with program faculty is required.

One year of clinical experience working in the pediatric acute care setting is preferred

Health and safety requirements include passing disposition on a background clearance and satisfactory completion of a substance screen.

No admission examination is required.

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