As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, you will assist with health promotion, illness prevention, risk identification and the acute and chronic care of children from birth to age 21. Students in this concentration are trained to serve children within the context of their families and provide individualized and culturally competent care.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners often work in doctor's offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics and specialty clinics, such as cardiology and gastroenterology, home health care settings and schools.

Primary job responsibilities of a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner include:

  • Conducting well child visits
  • Providing anticipatory guidance to patients and families
  • Diagnosing common childhood illnesses and prescribing medications
  • Conducting developmental milestone screenings
  • Providing patient and family education
  • Providing referrals to doctors or specialists

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner concentration at Kent State offers students:  

  • Faculty mentorship and advising from nationally certified PNPs who have over 30 years of experience
  • Full- and part-time plans of study
  • Many online course offerings
  • Clinical experiences in a wide variety of settings with expert pediatric care providers
  • A national certification pass rate of 96% by graduates of the concentration

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner concentration is known for its intellectual rigor and clinical quality. This concentration has been accredited by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) since 1992 and by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) since 2002 

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

This advanced nursing practice (APRN) concentration is also offered at the doctoral level. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, the terminal practice degree in nursing, is recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing because "the changing demands in healthcare require the highest level of practice experience to assure quality patient outcomes. "

Kent State's DNP program is offered at both the post-baccalaureate and post-master's levels. 

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Post-Master's Certificate

Kent State's College of Nursing offers post-master's nursing certificate programs for individuals who hold a Master's Degree in nursing.

View information, requirements, and employment information for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner post-master's certificate