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Nurse practitioners are prepared to practice at the most advanced level of nursing.
This nurse practitioner certificate program, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, provides a foundation for the specialty in acute care pediatric care. 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.
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 will be 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 will be 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.