The Master of Science with a specialization in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) prepares nurses with the specialized skills needed to care for infants, children, and adolescents. Nurses who possess an MS degree in Nursing are eligible for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in this specialization.
This specialization is designed to prepare nurses with the specialized skills needed to care for at-risk children living in urban settings, across the continuum of care. For nearly two decades, our pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) program has prepared primary care PNPs to provide community-based, culturally sensitive primary 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.
The School of Nursing offers two tracks for the pediatric nurse practitioner student. The primary care tract prepares students for the role of pediatric nurse practitioner focusing on well child care and prevention, and management of common acute and chronic illnesses. The dual track prepares students for the primary care role as well as the acute care role. Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioners are prepared to care for patients with acute, complex, critical and chronic illness in a variety of settings.
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 41 semester hours. Completion of this program allows students to sit for the Pediatric Primary Care certification exam. Students may choose to obtain dual specialization in both Acute and Primary Care PNP. Students planning to sit for the Acute Care PNP certification exam are required to take an additional 11 semester hours. 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.
- Students may choose the Primary Care track or obtain dual specialization in both Acute and Primary Care
- Completion of this program allows students to sit for the Pediatric Primary Care Certification Exam
- Completion of the dual specialization curriculum allows students to sit for the Acute Care PNP Certification Exam
- The only graduate nursing program in New England to prepare acute-care PNPs
- This program is appropriate for licensed nurses who possess a Master's degree in Nursing
- The NU School of Nursing has been designated as a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education
Approved by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.
- Application fee
- Three letters of recommendation
- Transcripts from all institutions attended
- Personal Statement
- TOEFL or IELTS for applicants who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution and whose native language is not English
- Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program (USA)
- Current RN licensure
- Master's degree in Nursing
Choose one from the following:
A grade of B or higher is required in all course work.
Complete 3 semester hours from the following subject area:
A grade of B or higher is required in each course.
Acute and Primary Care Core
Acute and Primary Care Practicum
A grade of B or higher is required in each course.
Pediatric Primary Care Core
Pediatric Care Practicum
Complete 4 semester hours from the following subject area:
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 Boston Children's Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Franciscan Hospital for Children, among many others. Students also have clinical experiences in neighborhood health centers, health maintenance organizations, child care centers, school-based clinical settings, 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.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 230,000 alumni and 3,000 employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Nursing & Healthcare alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Boston Medical Center
What They Do
- Healthcare Services
- Business Development
- Community and Social Services
What They're Skilled At
- Patient Safety
- Healthcare Management
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