To become a paediatric nurse practitioner, students must successfully complete an undergraduate degree in nursing and complete a master's degree program in nursing. The master's degree takes two to three additional years to complete, based on the amount of credits taken. Several schools offer a certificate in paediatric nursing which takes an additional year to complete and focuses heavily on paediatric clinical training. A paediatric nurse practitioner helps diagnose and treat common illnesses associated with children. Several schools around the country offer graduate degrees for paediatric nurse practitioners.
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda University, a health sciences University affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, offers a Masters of Science degree in nursing with a Pediatric Nursing Practitioner Certificate. The program requires 630 hours of study, accomplished in two years for full-time students and three years for part-time students. The School of Nursing and the Masters of Science degree is currently accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
Students take several courses in paediatric primary care and pharmacology. Applicants can only apply online and must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, an undergraduate degree in nursing, three letters of recommendation and a current California RN license to apply. Financial aid is available to students based on need. Tuition for full time students for the 2009-2010 school year was £10,518.3.
Loma Linda University School of Nursing West Hall 11262 Campus Street Loma Linda, CA 92350 909-558-4923 llu.edu
Rush University College of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program focused heavily on clinical practice. For full time students, the MSN takes two years to complete, while it takes three years for part-time students. The Post-Certificate PNP requires another 28 credits to complete. As of 2009, the College of Nursing and the MSN/PNP programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Students enrolled in the PNP program must successfully complete a master's capstone project worth one credit, to graduate from the program and receive their nursing certification issued by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Applicants may apply online or call the school directly to inquire about their standards for admission. Financial aid and scholarships are available based on financial need and merit. As of the 2009-2010 school year, tuition for the nursing program was £438 per credit hour.
Rush University College of Nursing Armour Academic Center 600 S. Paulina Street, Suite 1080 Chicago, IL 60612 312-942-711 rushu.rush.edu
The Pediatric Nurse Practioner (PNP) program offered by Villanova University's College of Nursing provides students with courses needed to develop both the knowledge and clinical training for work in paediatrics. The Master's in Nursing program takes two to three years to complete while the Post-Master's Certificate for the PNP program takes approximately one year to complete. The College of Nursing and the PNP program are approved by the State Board of Nursing of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Applicants may obtain an application from Villanova's website. Requirements for admission include letters of recommendation, GRE scores, transcripts and a personal goal statement. Other prerequisites such as a 3.0 undergraduate GPA are also required. Financial aid is available based on need. Tuition as of the 2009-2010 school year was £455 per credit.
Villanova University College of Nursing 800 Lancaster Avenue Villanova. PA 19085-1603 610-519-4900 villanova.edu