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The Pediatric Primary/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty prepares nurses at the master’s level as an advanced practice nurse to practice in both primary and acute/continuing pediatric care settings.  

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Primary/Acute Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Overview

The Primary/Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialty requires 54 total credit hours, 34 didactic and 20 clinical, with 1020 total hours of direct patient care. Didactic content is provided in four specialty courses and provides students with common, acute, critical and chronic health problems. Clinical experiences in a variety of primary care and specialty clinic settings offer extensive preparation for the advanced practice role. 


Orientation and Intensives

Students are required to visit the UAB School of Nursing campus in Birmingham, Ala., for orientation and three multiday intensives.


Certification and Licensure


Once students successfully complete the program, they are awarded a Master of Science in Nursing degree and are able to apply to take the certification examinationoffered by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PCNB). Primary/Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners are licensed by the states in which they practice and are subject to the rules and regulations of that state's practice act.

Doctoral Education


A Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) from UAB prepares graduates for entry into doctoral studies in nursing, in either the School’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, a practice-focused terminal degree to prepare graduates to practice at the highest level in specialty practice or to assume leadership positions in health care or nursing education; or the School’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing program, which prepares nurses as scholars, leaders and researchers who will make a substantive contribution to the body of knowledge for the discipline of nursing and thereby improve health outcomes for those who receive nursing care.

For more information:

Steadman McPeters, DNP, CPNP-AC, RNFA
Specialty Track Coordinator
205.975.1958 |


The Master's Degree Program in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (