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Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Overview

Students in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialty must choose either the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care or the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care option.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care Option

This master's specialty option prepares nurse clinicians to provide advanced nursing care across the continuum of acute care services. Graduates of the pediatric acute care curriculum have the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to provide quality, comprehensive care to acutely, critically, and chronically ill children and their families. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board Acute Care Exam. Web-based courses may be available. Full-time, part-time, and post-master’s options are available. Nurse practitioners educated in primary care and certified nurse practitioners are eligible to apply as post-master’s students. All students must be Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care Option

This master's specialty option prepares nurse clinicians to provide advanced nursing care across the continuum of primary care services. The pediatric primary care curriculum focuses on prevention and management of common acute and chronic pediatric illness and the promotion and maintenance of healthy children and their families. Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board’s exams. Web-based courses may be available. Full-time, part-time, and post-master’s options are available. Nurse practitioners educated in acute care and certified nurse practitioners are eligible to apply as post-master’s students.

Students admitted to the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner master's specialty in fall 2013 were the final cohort of students in this specialty whose degree will culminate in the Master of Science. The application deadline for fall 2013 admission was February 1, 2013. Effective with the entering class of fall 2014, this specialty will accept applicants only to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Sample Plan of Study

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care Option Sample Plan of Full-Time Study

First Semester (Fall)
Course Title Credits
NURS 701 Science and Research for Advanced Practice Nursing 4
NPHY 612 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
NURS 611 Pediatric Assessment in Advanced Practice Nursing (Clinical Hours: 45) 3
NURS 626 Primary Health Care of the Newborn and Neonate 2
  Total 12
Second Semester (Spring)
Course Title Credits
NRSG 709 Management of the Well Child and Adolescent in the Primary Care Setting 4
NURS 713 Common Health Problems of Children I 2
NRSG 716 Primary Care Clinical I (Clinical Hours; 135) 3
NURS 743 Neonatal and Pediatric Pharmacology 3
  Total 12
Third Semester (Summer)
Course Title Credits
NURS 643 Advanced Nursing of Children I: Diagnostic Reasoning 2
NRSG 624 Advanced Nursing of Children I: Clinical Practicum (Clinical Hours: 135) 3
  Total 5
Fourth Semester (Fall)
Course Title Credits
NRSG 730 Pediatric Acute Care II: Management and Evaluation 2
NRSG 731 Pediatric Acute Care II: Clinical Practicum (Clinical Hours: 180) 4
NURS 622 Systems and Populations in Health Care 3
  Total 9
Fifth Semester (Spring)
Course Title Credits
NURS 645 Advanced Nursing of Children II: Clinical (Clinical Hours: 225) 5
NURS 646 Advanced Practice Roles Seminar 2
NURS 659 Organizational and Professional Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 3
  Total 10
Total Credits 48
Clinical Hours 720

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care Option Sample Plan of Full-Time Study

First Semester (Fall)
Course Title Credits
NURS 701 Science and Research for Advanced Practice Nursing 4
NPHY 612 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
NURS 611 Pediatric Assessment in Advanced Practice Nursing (Clinical Hours: 45) 3
NURS 626 Primary Health Care of the Newborn and Neonate 2
NURS 648 Newborn Clinical (Clinical Hours: 45) 1
  Total 13
Second Semester (Spring)
Course Title Credits
NRSG 709 Management of the Well Child and Adolescent in the Primary Care Setting 4
NURS 713 Common Health Problems of Children I 2
NRSG 716 Primary Care Clinical I (Clinical Hours: 135) 3
NURS 743 Neonatal and Pediatric Pharmacology 3
  Total 12
Third Semester (Summer)
Course Title Credits
NRSG 721 Primary Care Issues and the Child with a Chronic Illness or Special Care Needs 2
NRSG 722 Primary Care Clinical II: Primary Care Issues and the Child with a Chronic Illness or Special Care Needs (Clinical Hours: 135) 3
  Total 5
Fourth Semester (Fall)
Course Title Credits
NRSG 732 Advanced Issues in Adolescent Care (Clinical Hours: 45) 1
NURS 714 Common Health Problems of Children II 2
NRSG 733 Primary Care Clinical III  (Clinical Hours: 90) 3
NURS 622 Systems and Populations in Health Care 3
  Total 9
Fifth Semester (Spring)
Course Title Credits
NURS 715 Advanced Primary Care of Children (Clinical Hours: 135) 5
NURS 659 Organizational and Professional Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 3
  Total 8
Total Credits 47

Post-Master's Option (non-degree)

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care Option Sample Plan of Part-time Study

First Semester (Fall)
Course Title Credits
NPHY 612 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
NURS 611 Pediatric Assessment in Advanced Practice Nursing 3
  Total 6
Second Semester (Spring)
Course Title Credits
NURS 709 Management of the Well Child and Adolescent in the Primary Care Setting 4
NURS 713 Common Health Problems of Children I 2
NRSG 716 Primary Care Clinical I 3
NURS 743 Neonatal and Pediatric Pharmacology 3
  Total 12
Third Semester (Summer)
Course Title Credits
NURS 643 Advanced Nursing of Children I: Diagnostic Reasoning 2
NRSG 624 Advanced Nursing of Children I: Clinical (Clinical Hours: 135) 3
  Total 5
Fourth Semester (Fall)
Course Title Credits
NRSG 730 Pediatric Acute Care II: Management and Evaluation 3
NRSG 731 Pediatric Acute Care II: Clinical Practicum (Clinical Hours: 180) 4
  Total 7
Fifth Semester (Spring)
Course Title Credits
NURS 645 Advanced Nursing of Children II 5
NURS 646 Advanced Practice Roles Seminar 2
  Total 7
 Total Credits 37

Faculty

Specialty Director:

Catherine Haut, DNP, RN, CRNP, assistant professor
For admissions requirements and additional information, please contact Nicole Willhide, assistant director of admissions, at nwillhide@son.umaryland.edu.

Faculty:

Kristen Altdoerffer, MSN, clinical instructor
Blanche Brown, MSN, RN, PNP, clinical instructor
Susan Braid, DrPH, MPH, RN, NNP, assistant professor
Kathleen Buckley, PhD, RN, IBCLC, associate professor
Christine Calamaro, PhD, CRNP, assistant professor
Catherine Haut, DNP, RN, CRNP, assistant professor and specialty director
Michele Michael, PhD, CRNP, assistant professor
Dawn Mueller-Burke, PhD, CRNP, NNP-BC, assistant professor
Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, CRNP, assistant professor
Valerie Rogers, PhD, RN, CPNP, assistant professor
Janice Wilson, DNP, CRNP-BC, affiliate assistant professor

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