Child & Adolescent Health Nursing (PNP)
The Child and Adolescent Health Nurse Practitioner track prepares graduates to assume advanced practice positions as providers of primary and/or acute health care to children and adolescents in a variety of settings.
This area of specialization provides in-depth knowledge of primary and/or acute health care for children, adolescents and their families with a strong developmental and behavioral focus. Preparation for advanced practice in primary and/or acute health care, early intervention, program development and evaluation, within urban and rural community environments is emphasized. The curriculum includes courses in advanced adolescent/pediatric assessment, nutrition and developmental pharmacology, with theory and research examining common and acute childhood and adolescent responses to health problems. Emphasis is placed on assessment, differential diagnosis, management of environmental stressors and developmental outcomes of children and adolescents as a result of actual or potential health problems associated with expected and unexpected developmental transitions, and acute or chronic physical illness and/or disabilities. The nurse prepared for advanced practice in primary and/or acute health care of children and adolescents will integrate knowledge related to education, research, consultation and advanced clinical practice in collaboration with other health professionals to influence health outcomes and policy. Graduates of the Child & Adolescent Nurse Practitioner tract are eligible to sit for certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) as Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.
Note: Child and Adolescent Health Nursing Post-MSN Certificates are available in Primary Care and Acute Care. Course plan varies according to experience.
Note: Due to the limited availability of acute care clinical sites, completed applications for a post-master's certificate in the Acute Care PNP program are due by March 15th annually to be considered for the class starting the fall of the same year.