Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Three babies on their tummies

Providing primary health care for children from birth to 21 years of age

Pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) are advanced degree nurses who provide primary health care for children from infancy to 21 years of age, including physical, psychosocial and family dimensions of health. They diagnose and treat childhood illnesses, provide immunizations, perform developmental screenings and physical assessments, and much more in their objective to protect and enhance the health of children. Along with pediatricians and other providers, PNPs practice in settings such as private practice, primary care clinics, community health centers and hospitals.

The PNP major requires 40 credit hours of coursework, plus about 600 hours of clinicals. The coursework is usually completed within 18 months (four semesters) for full-­time students, and courses are offered in a distance-­friendly format.

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Sample Full-­Time Curriculum: Beginning Fall 2015

First Year

Fall Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 405 Inquiry I: Theoretical Foundations 2
NURS 453 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NURS 459 Assessment for Advanced Practice 3
NUNP 410 Health Promotion 2
NUNP 401 Pediatric Development and Health Promotion 3
  Total 14

Spring Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 425 Inquiry II: The Research Process 3
NURS 430 Pharmacology and Therapeutics for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NUNP 402 Acute and Common Problems of the Pediatric Patient 6
  Total 12

Summer Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 502 Inquiry III Evidenced Based Nursing Practice 2
NURS 451 Leadership for Quality Healthcare in Systems 3
  Total 5

Second Year

Fall Semester II

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NUNP 403 Management of Complex Chronic Problems in Children 5
NURS 444A Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Ethical Issues 1
NURS 444B Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Finance  1
NURS 444C Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Policy and Legal 1
NURS 431 Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 2
  Total 10

Accumulated Total Hours: 41

The Advanced Practice Core courses are co­requisites or prerequisites for the clinical nursing courses. Clinical nursing courses must be taken in the semester and sequence listed above. Clinical course availability is based upon enrollment.

Sample Full­-Time Curriculum: Prior to Fall 2015

First Year

Fall Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 405 Inquiry I: Theoretical Foundations 3
NURS 453 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NURS 459 Assessment for Advanced Practice 3
NUNP 410 Health Promotion 2
NUNP 401 Pediatric Development and Health Promotion 3
  Total 15

Spring Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 425 Inquiry II: The Research Process 3
NURS 430 Pharmacology and Therapeutics for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NUNP 402 Acute and Common Problems of the Pediatric Patient 6
  Total 12

Second Year

Summer Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 502 Inquiry III Evidenced Based Nursing Practice 2
NURS 443B Professionalism in Advanced Practice: Role Development 1
NURS 431 Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 2
  Total 5

Second Year

Fall Semester II

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NUNP 403 Management of Complex Chronic Problems in Children 5
NURS 503 Inquiry Practicum 1
NURS 444A Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Ethical Issues 1
NURS 444C Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Policy and Legal 1
NURS 443B Professionalism in Advanced Practice Role Development. 1
  Total 9

Accumulated Total Hours: 41


MSN Program Contacts

Program Director:

Latina Brooks, PhD, CNP
Assistant Professor
216.368.1196
lmb3@case.edu

Department Assistant:

Anne Watson
216.368.8858
acw@case.edu

Office of Admissions

Kristi Lehmer, Director
216.368.2529
admissionsfpb@case.edu


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