School of Nursing
Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
The Master of Science with a specialization in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) prepares nurses with the specialized skills needed to care for children living in urban settings who are at risk across the continuum of care. For nearly two decades our PNP program has prepared Primary Care PNPs to provide community-based, culturally-sensitive care. More recently, building on our foundation in evidence-based, interdisciplinary, urban healthcare, we expanded the PNP program into Acute Care. We are the only graduate nursing program in New England to prepare Acute Care PNPs.
Students may study either full-time or part-time. A BSN/MS in Nursing is available for RNs with an associate degree or diploma. Nurses who possess an MS degree in Nursing are eligible for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in this specialization.
All master's students are required to take the professional and research core, the clinical core and specialty clinical courses. The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program requires 45 semester hours; more if pursued in combination with a BSN. Students planning to sit for the Acute Care PNP certification take an additional 10 semester hours. Students may choose to obtain dual specialization in both Acute and Primary Care PNP. The program provides a broad background of advanced pathophysiology and advanced health assessment. Diagnostic reasoning skills are taught and developed as students learn the advanced nursing management and technology skills needed to care for children across the continuum of care.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Curriculum at a glance.
Clinical practice of the advanced nurse is a major focus of this program. Our long history of partnering with local agencies to serve the urban, underserved community ensures access to research and clinical opportunities with at-risk pediatric populations. Our affiliations have included Children's Hospital Boston, Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Franciscan Hospital for Children, among many. Students also have clinical experiences in neighborhood health centers, health maintenance organizations, child care centers, school-based clinical, homeless shelters and private practices. Working with expert clinicians and supervised by our faculty, students develop the expertise necessary for patient management and advanced nursing practice skills across the care continuum for children and adolescents.