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.

Program Offered

Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Graduate Certificate)

Offered by
Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Location
Downtown

Plan of Study

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

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Program Requirements

Required Core (20 credit hours)
DNP 606 Principles of Pediatric Acute Care I (3)
DNP 607 Advanced Pediatric Acute Care Practicum I (7)
DNP 619 Principles of Pediatric Acute Care II (3)
DNP 620 Advanced Pediatric Acute Care Practicum II (7)

Additional Curriculum Information
Every certificate student must complete 600 hours of direct patient care with a nurse practitioner or physician preceptor in the clinical setting. Documented clinical experiences are required by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board in order for the graduate to be eligible to take the national Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute Care certification examination. Focused clinical experiences are arranged with appropriate preceptors and administrators. Every attempt is made to arrange this in the student's geographical area. In the event that clinical sites are unavailable in that area or if the faculty determine the student needs additional faculty supervision of skills, the student is required to complete the clinical experience in the Phoenix area. Experiences with disadvantaged and multicultural populations are encouraged as are experiences in rural areas, and sites are available for these experiences.

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