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

Admissions Criteria

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

  • Bachelor's and/or graduate degree from an accredited registered nursing program.1
  • Minimum 3.000 undergraduate/graduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale. 2
  • The completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a minimum C grade.
  • Active, unrestricted registered nurse license in Ohio

Additional Requirements

  • A résumé or curriculum vita.
  • Essay (2-3 pages) describing reasons for seeking the master's degree in the identified specialty and 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
Admission to the MSN degree is a selective process. In the selection process for applicants, program faculty will consider years of registered nurse experience, professional experience relevant to the specific MSN concentration and evidence of scholarship and involvement in the nursing profession as indicated on the applicant's résumé, along with GPA and intent for full-time study.
1. Applicants with an RN license and a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field will be considered based on faculty review of a portfolio submitted with the application.
2. Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered for conditional admission according to the University's Graduate Student Admission Policy.
Additional Requirements


The Pediatric Primary Care NP concentration is 41 credit hours which includes 600 practicum hours. Options for part-time plans of study are also available.

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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.

Learn more about 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

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Tracy Gidden
Senior Lecturer

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Marilyn Nibling
Associate Professor


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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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