Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Kent State's Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner master's concentration will prepare you to provide comprehensive primary health care in an outpatient setting for newborns through late adolescence.

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (referred to as PPCNPs, CPNP-PCs, or PNPs) are primary care providers who offer preventative health services, health education, and disease management to the pediatric population. They specialize in diagnosing, treating, and managing illness for acutely ill and chronically ill children. They also provide thorough wellness exams for healthy pediatric patients.

Students in the Pediatric Primary Care NP concentration learn health promotion, illness prevention, risk identification and acute and chronic care of infants, children, and adolescents from birth to age 21. Practicum experiences take place in outpatient primary care and specialty settings. These experiences offer the opportunity for students to provide individualized and culturally competent advanced practice nursing care to children within the context of their families.

In this role, you may work in doctor's offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics and specialty clinics, such as cardiology and gastroenterology, home health care settings and schools.

Graduates of this program meet educational eligibility requirements to take the PNCB examination for the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. 2021 MSN graduates attained an average pass rate of 96.3% on board certification examinations.

Why Kent State? We offer you:

  • Faculty mentorship and advising from nationally certified advanced practice nurses, as well as active researchers with decades of experience
  • Full- and part-time customizable academic plans
  • Many online courses
  • Fall and spring semester start dates
  • A program that is known for its intellectual rigor and clinical quality