2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Oct 26, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

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The College of Nursing offers certificates for nurses who need additional training. A master’s degree in nursing is required for admission. This graduate certificate prepares the advanced practice nurse for a career as a pediatric acute care nurse practitioner. Students enrolling in the PNP Acute Care graduate certificate must have completed a primary care PNP program and must have demonstrated experience working in an acute care setting before beginning course work in the acute care courses.

Advanced practice nursing involves the delivery of care, management of resources, interdisciplinary collaboration, and application of technology, information systems, knowledge, and critical thinking.

The total credit hours will vary depending on the student’s academic record, clinical experience, and objectives. Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours. Certificate coursework must be completed within 2 years of admission. Contact the Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies for more information.

Campus Code

Distance Education

Graduate Certificate Type


Add-On (concurrently with another degree in rare cases)

Admissions Standards/Procedures

A master’s degree in nursing is required for admission.

Academic Standards

The College of Nursing will observe the following grading scale:

A   =  92 – 100 4 quality points
B+ =  88 – 91 3.3 quality points
B   =  83 – 87 3 quality points
C+ =  78 – 82 2.3 quality points
C   =  75 – 77 2 quality points
D   =  67 – 74 1 quality point
F   =  66 or below 0 quality points

Credit Hours Required

Minimum of 12 graduate credit hours

Required Courses

  • NURS 670 
  • NURS 671 
  • NURS 672 
  • Elective(s) – 4 credit hours minimum (must be selected in consultation with assigned certificate program advisor)
  • Plus additional credit hours as determined by the college.

Additional Course Requirements

  • Students can actually ONLY do the acute care certificate only after they have completed the pediatric primary care nurse practitioner degree. If they do not have the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner credential, they must also take:
    • NURS 650  (4 credit hours)
    • NURS 651  (3 credit hours)
    • NURS 652  (3 credit hours)
    • NURS 653  (1 to 5 credit hours)
    • Plus additional credit hours as determined by the college and chosen in consultation with the certificate advisor.

Non-Course Requirements

  • A minimum of one year of work in an acute care setting (usually a hospital) is required before beginning coursework in the acute care track.

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