Promote the Health and Well-being of Children
"Pediatric nursing is caring about, and focusing on, the child receiving healthcare to promote health, well-being, and synchrony with their environment."
-Dr. Robert J. Sylvester, PNP Specialty Track Director
Doctoral-prepared pediatric primary care nurse practitioners provide primary care to children within a community setting acting as their primary care provider or skilled clinician in a specialty care setting. The Pediatric Primary Care track builds from a strong foundation in nursing science in order to provide primary care for children from infancy through young adulthood. Pediatric care, treatment, and clinical services will be taught with a focus on the respect of children and family needs. This specialty track is completed in three years, including two summer semesters.
As a doctoral student in the Pediatric Primary Care track, you will:
- Perform well-child and developmental assessments on infants, children, and adolescents while promoting disease prevention/health promotion.
- Learn to diagnose and manage acute illnesses/injuries and chronic health conditions that affect children.
- Fine-tune knowledge in evidence-based inquiry/practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership.
- Develop and learn skills to influence public policy through participation in professional organizations and health policy activities at the local, state, national, and international levels.
- Have clinical experiences in a variety of pediatric outpatient settings.
- Complete an original/publishable doctoral project exemplifying your skills and knowledge in pediatric care.
Graduates will be eligible to sit for Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).