Pediatric Primary Care NP (PNP) Program | Kent State University

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 either the ANCC or the PNCB examination for the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. 2016 MSN graduates attained an average pass rate of 96% 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
 

Admissions Criteria

We invite you to apply to the MSN program if you meet the following criteria:

  • An active, unrestricted RN license in the state in which clinical coursework will be completed
  • A baccalaureate and/or graduate degree from an accredited RN program.1
  • A minimum overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point scale.2
  • The completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a minimum C grade.

Additional Requirements

  • A résumé or curriculum vita.
  • Completion of a two to three page admission essay describing reasons for seeking the master's degree in the identified specialty and demonstrating clarity of professional goals.
  • Three letters of reference from a health care professional or academic faculty who can speak to the applicant's professional and academic abilities.
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 560 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
    • Minimum 83 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
    • Minimum 78 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 55 PTE score
1. An RN with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field will be considered based on review of a portfolio submitted with the application
2. Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered for conditional admission according to the University Graduate Admission Policy
Additional Requirements

Curriculum

The Pediatric Primary Care NP concentration is 41 credit hours which includes 600 practicum hours.

Below you will find a sample curriculum plan for 2-year full-time students. Other options for part-time plans of study are also available.

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • NURS 60015: Advanced Health Assessment / 3 credits
  • NURS 60170: Pediatric Assessment for Advanced Practice Nurse / 3 credits
  • NURS 61792: Pediatric Assessment for Advanced Practice Nurse Practicum (150 hours) / 2 credits
  • NURS 60045: Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse / 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • NURS 60270: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner I / 3 credits
  • NURS 62792: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner I Practicum (150 hours) / 2 credits
  • NURS 60441: Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing / 3 credits
  • NURS 60101: Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice / 3 credits

Summer Semester

  • NURS 60370: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner II / 1 credit
  • NURS 63792: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner II Practicum (75 hours) / 1 credit
Year 2

Fall Semester

  • NURS 60372: Advanced Nursing Care of the Chronically Ill Child / 3 credits
  • NURS 63992: Advanced Nursing Care of the Chronically Ill Child Practicum (150 hours) / 2 credits
  • NURS 60403: Methods of Inquiry / 3 credits
  • NURS 60010: Advanced Nursing Informatics / 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • NURS 60470: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner III / 2 credits
  • NURS 64792: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner III Practicum (75 hours) / 1 credit
  • NURS 60025: Health Policy and Advanced Nursing Practice / 3 credits

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Post-Master's Certificate

We also offer a Pediatric Primary Care NP post-master's certificate for nurses who already hold a Master's degree or higher in nursing. View requirements and employment disclosure for the Pediatric Primary Care NP post-master's certificate

Meet the Faculty

Learn more about the Pediatric Primary Care NP course instructors:

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Ann Ancona
MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, CNE
Coordinator

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Tracy Gidden
MSN, RN, PPCNP-BC, CNE
Associate Lecturer

 

Get to know all of the MSN Faculty

Begin Your Transformation

Discover why Kent State's Pediatric Primary Care NP master's concentration is right for you. Enrollment advisors can be reached at 330-672-7911.

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