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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 area who seek additional certification as a pediatric nurse practitioner or for nurses with a doctoral degree in nursing who seek to become a pediatric nurse practitioner.
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.
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 are 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.
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 and Chronic Problems Pediatric Primary Care Practicum (5)
Additional Curriculum Information
Nurses who complete this certificate program meet the eligibility requirements to take a national pediatric nurse practitioner certification examination. In addition to completing didactic courses, students complete 13 credit hours (585 clock hours) of pediatric practicum experiences in a community setting.