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The Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner is prepared at the master’s or DNP level in advanced practice nursing and is able to diagnose and manage the health problems of infants, children and adolescents who are acutely ill or have a long-term health problem that requires monitoring or hospitalization.

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Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Overview

 

The Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty requires 45 total credit hours, 35 didactic and 10 clinical, with 600 total hours of direct patient care. Four specialty didactic courses provide students with a strong advanced acute care base for caring for infants, children and adolescents who are acutely ill or have a long-term health problem that requires monitoring or hospitalization. Clinical experiences in a variety of acute care and specialty clinic settings offer extensive preparation for the advanced practice role. Students who start course work in the summer semester will take seven semesters to complete the program. Students starting in the fall semester will take six semesters to complete the program.

Orientation and Intensives

 

Students are required to visit the campus in Birmingham, AL 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 examination offered by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PCNB). Pediatric Acute Care 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.

 

For more information:

Steadman McPeters, DNP, CPNP-AC, RNFA
Specialty Track Coordinator
205.975.1958 |  steadlee@uab.edu

 

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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 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).