Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care

Multiple Entry Options

ASN or diploma RNs 2 semesters RN PreSpecialty + 3 semesters ACPNP courses
BSN RNs 3 semesters ACPNP courses
Post-master’s Program length & courses determined by individual portfolio analysis

 

Program Length (full-time study)

Applicants seeking full time study are required to have two years of RN experience in acute/inpatient pediatrics or one year in the pediatric critical care unit or pediatric emergency department. Those seeking part-time (two or three years) may be accepted with one year of pediatric acute care RN experience and gain their second year of experience concomitant with their first year of study. 

Applicants seeking a Post Masters Certificate in Pediatric Acute Care will be reviewed individually based on their prior course of study and experience. Primary Care PNP’s seeking a Posts Masters Certificate in Pediatric Acute Care may complete the program in two semesters of part time study. Primary Care educated PNP’s, who currently hold dual certification in Pediatric Primary and Acute care, may complete a modified post masters curriculum in pediatric acute care. Post Masters students are awarded a Post Masters Certificate in Pediatric Acute Care, not an MSN from VUSN.*

Applicants with questions regarding RN experience required for entry should contact the program coordinator Sheree Haselton Allen at Sheree.Allen@vanderbilt.edu.  Applicants must hold a Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certificate.

 

Full-time Specialty Curriculum Plan

FALL - SEMESTER I
N305D Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning 2
N305G Advanced Health Assessment Applications for the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner 1
N308 Pathophysiologic Concepts 3
N311 Health Promotion of Behavior & Development: Birth through Adolescence 3
N312A Advanced Practice Nursing in Pediatric Primary Care-Part I 3
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SPRING - SEMESTER II
N307E Advanced Pediatric Pharmacotherapeutics 3
N312C Advanced Practice Nursing in Pediatric Acute Care-Part II 3
N314C Practicum in Acute Health Care of Children 4
N399A Scientific Underpinnings for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
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SUMMER - SEMESTER III
N312D Advanced Practice Nursing in Pediatric Acute Care-Part II 3
N314D Advanced Pediatric Acute Care Preceptorship 5
N395 APN Role within the U.S. Healthcare Delivery System 3
N399B Conceptualization &  Integration of Evidence for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
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  TOTAL HOURS 39