Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Our Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program has ranked #8 in the U.S. News and World Report 2017 Rankings of Top Nursing Programs.

Maximizing the health of children within the context of their families, communities, and environmental settings, the Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialty is designed to prepare graduates to care for children from birth through young adulthood in pediatric primary health care including well child care and prevention/management of common pediatric acute illnesses and chronic conditions.

Graduates of this specialty track are eligible to apply for national certification by examination. You will learn more about the certification organizations appropriate for this specialty during the completion of your program. Upon successful completion of the certification examination, Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners are eligible for licensure in all 50 states, including Colorado (visit the Colorado Board of Nursing APRN application forms page), where licensure is granted as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and is required for practice.

Post-Graduate Certificate Information

A post-graduate certificate is available in this specialty.

Gainful Employment and Program Statistics for Post-Graduate Certificate

For more information regarding graduation rates, the median debt of students completing our certificate programs and other important information, please visit the University of Colorado Denver Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.​

Plans of Study

The core curriculum provides students with an in-depth understanding of advanced nursing practice and enables them to apply this understanding to a variety of settings, such as community health centers, day care programs, chronic care facilities, hospital and other outpatient facilities, private practice offices, schools, health departments and homes.

PNP curricular content includes growth and development, pathophysiology, pharmacology, health promotion, ethics, assessment (physical, developmental, family, cultural, community and environmental), laboratory skills and the diagnosis and management of behavioral problems and childhood illnesses, including both acute and chronic conditions. There is a special emphasis on evidence-based practice throughout the program.

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