Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

Program Description

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner post-master’s statutory certificate program is designed to allow master’s prepared registered nurses to add professional competencies which prepare them for additional areas of gainful employment.  Pediatric Nurse Practitioners deliver primary health care to infants, children, and adolescents.

Graduates are eligible for certification as a nurse practitioner in all states in which certification is required. Graduates are also eligible for New York State certification as NCBPNP/N and/or ANCC.


Please contact the Office of Admissions for details regarding admission and financial aid packages. Faculty review applications on a rolling basis so that students may apply to begin this program in the summer or fall semester. Please note, applications for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program can only be submitted online.

Admission criteria include:

  • Master's degree in nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited program with official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Minimum of one year clinical experience in pediatric nursing
  • Current New York State nursing license or eligibility
  • Three references attesting to applicant's academic ability and potential
  • Personal goal statement that is congruent with program goals (two pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Students must secure a site and preceptor for primary care student practice that is acceptable to the program director.


The minimum credits for the post master’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program is 30 credits and represents the basic post-master’s statutory certificate in this major.

Individual students may need additional course work, depending on previous study and experience. Students may receive advanced standing or exemption, based on standard School policy.

A sample curriculum is provided below to make you aware of the academic requirements of the program. Please be advised that this is a sample curriculum plan, and individual plans of study are reviewed and approved upon acceptance to the program. Progression in the program is contingent upon meeting academic policies. The School of Nursing reserves the right to change the course offering schedule as stated in the student bulletin.

Course Number Course Name Credits
N6122 Pathophysiology of Child 3
N6611 Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan for PNP students 3
N6620 Pediatric Primary Care Nursing I 3
N6622 Pediatric Primary Care Nursing I: Clinical 2
N6624 Clinical Seminar in Pediatric Primary Care I 1
N6625 Clinical Seminar in Pediatric Primary Care II 1
N6626 Clinical Seminar in Pediatric Primary Care III 1
N6630 Pediatric Primary Care Nursing II 2
N6632 Clinical Practicum: Pediatric Primary Care Nursing II 4
N6638 Emergency Pediatric Nursing 1
N6930 Interpersonal Violence and Abuse: Prevention, Assessment and Intervention for Health Care Professionals 1
N6940 Management and Advanced Practice Nursing 1
N8670 Pediatric Primary Care Nursing III 2
N8673 Pediatric Primary Care Nursing III: Clinical 2
N8674 Pediatric Primary Care Nursing III 3
Total Credits 30

The above information is current as of 06/15/2012 and is subject to change.

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