Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care Graduate Certificate

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Why Choose the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care Certificate Program?

This post-master’s degree certificate as a pediatric nurse practitioner - primary care (PNP-PC) builds on your original master's degree curriculum. A gap analysis will be completed to identify which courses are required to complete the certificate program. All courses for the PNP-PC certificate program must be taken at Wright State University. The coursework in this program is delivered fully online (with some synchronous coursework—set meeting time), making this program highly accessible. This program does include direct care clinical hours.

Academics and Curriculum

View the pediatric nurse practitioner - primary care certificate program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.

Year 1

Summer Semester

  • NUR 7550 (6 credit hours)—Health Promotion & Management of Pediatric Minor Illnesses & Injuries

Fall semester

  • NUR 7551 (6 credit hours)—Health Promotion & Management of Pediatric Minor Illnesses & Injuries

spring semester

  • NUR 7552 (6 credit hours)—Practicum for Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Total: 18 credit hours, 560 clinical hours.



To be eligible to apply to this post master's certificate nursing program, applicants must meet the following criteria:


Master’s degree as a pediatric nurse practitioner from a CCNE-accredited master’s program (official transcript from accredited master’s program required)

Note: Post-master’s students who are not pediatric nurse practitioners may also apply, but based on the needed credit hours (minimum of 23 hours) this is a second master’s and not a certificate program.  


Current professional licensure as APRN in the states where clinical experiences are planned (e.g. a student from Indianapolis might participate in the program but do their clinical practicum experience in Indiana, requiring licensure in that state).


Interview by program director, either in person or via telephone.


Apply to the Wright State Graduate School

Keep in mind that it takes 2-6 weeks to process an application in the Graduate School. Once all your application materials have been received, you will be contacted to interview with the director.

Graduate Financial Aid Application (PDF)

Program Outcomes

The M.S. graduate will:

  1. Examine scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings 
  2. Demonstrate leadership skills necessary for ethical and critical decision making, effective working relationships, and a systems-perspective to promote high quality and safe patient care
  3. Apply quality principles within an organization and articulate the methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality
  4. Apply evidence-based outcomes 
within the practice setting, resolving practice problems, working as a change 
agent, and disseminating results  
  5. Use communication strategies and patient-care technologies to integrate, coordinate, deliver, and enhance care
  6. Examine the policy development process and advocacy strategies necessary to intervene at the 
system level to influence health and health care
  7. Use communication strategies necessary for interprofessional collaboration and consultation to manage and coordinate care
  8. Integrate broad, organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families, and aggregates/identified populations
  9. Demonstrate advanced level of understanding of nursing and relevant sciences as well as the ability to integrate this knowledge into practice including both direct and indirect care components that influence health care outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems

Gap Analysis

A gap analysis will be performed to evaluate the student’s previous course work against Wright State University’s current program of study for the PNP-PC program.  Additional courses may be included in the program of study based on the gap analysis. These classes will be determined on an individual basis resulting in a personalized program of study. According to Wright State standards, a program of study greater than 22 credit hours will be designated as a second master’s degree; a program between 9 and 21 hours will be designated as a post-master’s certificate.

Contact Information

Program Contact:
Ann Bowling, Ph.D., APRN, CPNP-PC
Program Director

General Contact Information:
School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences
Phone: 937-775-3131
Fax: 937-775-4571

Questions about the graduate school application? Contact:

The College of Graduate Programs and Honors Studies
Location: 344 Student Union
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 937-775-2976
Fax: 937-775-2453

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