Academics & Admissions

Program Overview

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Fall deadline

April 15th deadline for Fall admission

Credits and hours

85 credits


4-year or 5-year study plan
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Our Dual Pediatric Primary/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner DNP Program is the only dual PNP program in the state preparing pediatric nurse practitioners at the doctoral level.

A hybrid of online and in-person courses, this program prepares nurse practitioners for the challenges of delivering comprehensive care to the pediatric population across various inpatient, outpatient, and specialty practice settings.

Student testimonial

I really wanted to further my degree so I can keep helping the pediatric population. I think that we have a really great collaborative program that I saw in my doctoral project, and, just being in pediatric in general, I think the program is really comprehensive.

Katherine Minuto, ’18

Role, Qualifications, and Preparation

You must have a minimum of one-year of acute care pediatric experience to apply to this program.

Our program focuses on providing family-centered and culturally respectful care for pediatric patients (birth through young adulthood) with acute, complex, critical, and chronic illness across a variety of care settings.

Acute Care PNPs provide the highest level of evidence-based care for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with life-threatening illnesses and organ dysfunction or failure. They typically work in a variety of interprofessional inpatient and outpatient settings, including specialty clinics, urgent care, and emergency departments.

This program prepares you to:

  • Provide direct patient care across the entire continuum of health and illness, including acute, complex, and critical conditions.
  • Understand the challenges of delivering comprehensive care
  • Translate evidence into practice

Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for national board certification.

Margaret Quinn

Meet the Specialty Director

Dr. Margaret Quinn is a Clinical Associate Professor and the Pediatric NP Program Specialty Director. She is a certified nurse educator and certified primary care pediatric nurse practitioner whose academic and clinical focus is on issues impacting children’s health.

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