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The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) specialty is designed to help you prepare to become an advanced practice nurse who can provide care for children from birth to 21 years. Since 1965, PNPs have worked with pediatricians and other health care providers to provide comprehensive care to children and families by focusing on health maintenance and education, illness prevention and minor and chronic illness management.
This concentration provides a broad theoretical and research foundation in advanced concepts of parent, child, and adolescent nursing. Clinical experiences occur across a variety of settings and focus on providing care to well and ill children. As a PNP, you will be qualified to perform complete physical exams, take health histories, diagnose and treat common acute minor illnesses or injuries, order and interpret lab results and x-rays, manage stable chronic illness, counsel clients and provide health education. Many may prescribe medications according to state law.
Coursework aligned with clinical experiences specific to specialization focus provides the knowledge, skills, and values inherent in the development of clinical excellence as a PNP. You will have course assignments and clinical experiences specific to the primary care area. You will be precepted by pediatricians or PNPs with clinical experiences in a variety of primary care settings. The concentration consists of advanced clinical practice and nursing science, built on a core of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and family-centered care. The total concentration is 49 semester hours.
Primary care PNPs offer a variety of services including:
Upon successful completion of the concentration, graduates will be eligible to sit for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care Certification examination offered by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). National certification is necessary to obtain advanced practice licensure in most states.
We’re pleased to offer educational opportunities to post-master’s applicants. To determine the number of clinical hours and didactic courses, a gap analysis will be conducted. Depending upon this analysis, students can complete the program in one to two years.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Wright State's online graduate nursing programs No. 126 among all graduate nursing programs. The nursing program has a high certfication pass rate, excellent clinical site placements, and an outstanding reputation in the region with strong community partnerships.
View the Master of Science in Nursing program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.
Individualized plans, including part-time, will be developed on admission.
Please see list of required courses (DOCX).
If desired, this concentration can be designed as a hybrid concentration, allowing for most courses to be taken online.
Application to Wright State University’s School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences is a two-step process.
The documents listed below should be uploaded directly to your School of Graduate Studies online application. Please do not send these materials to the School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences.
When the Graduate School application is complete, notification will automatically be sent to the School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences, which will communicate application requirements.
The school will provide instructions on how to complete the above steps once it receives notification of the completed Graduate School application. All School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences-required documents should be sent directly to the School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences.
Tonya Schmitt, DNP, CPNP-PC, APRN
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Director of Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program
Director of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Program
Phone: 937-775-3851 or 734-368-1727
School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences
Questions about the graduate school application? Contact:
The College of Graduate Programs and Honors Studies
Location: 160 University Hall
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