Baylor University Online Nursing Programs

Designed for actively practicing RNs

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Best Nursing College

No GRE or MAT required

Baylor University Online Nursing Programs

Baylor University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice—Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (DNP-PNP) online program offers a Primary Care track and a dual Primary/Acute track to prepare versatile, specialized nursing professionals for a variety of care environments. 

Two entry options:



75 Credits
Just over 3 years to completion
$1,100 per credit hour


Post-Master's DNP

(Coming soon)

31-37 Credits

2 years to completion

$1,100 per credit hour

Must be MSN-PNP

Expand Your Scope through a Dual-Track Program

Prepare for a role as a pediatric nurse practitioner with advanced knowledge and a wide range of opportunities. 

Pediatric Primary Care Track
Address the primary healthcare needs of children and adolescents utilizing patient-and-family-centered care within the context of the family unit.

Pediatric Primary/Acute Care Track
Provide care for pediatric patients that have complex acute, critical, or chronic illnesses in settings that include hospitals, intensive care units, and emergency departments.

Program Features
  • Earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, ranked 41st in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Graduate Schools
  • Main coursework is online with on-campus immersions throughout the program
  • Practicum requirement total: 500 hours for Primary Care, 500 additional for Acute Care track
  • Courses are 15 weeks, with three admission intakes per year
  • Students learn from nationally recognized faculty
  • Clinical Placement Services for students
  • Total credits: 75 for Primary Care track, 12 with additional Acute Care track
Lead Quality Improvement in Pediatric Health
  • Advanced Competencies—synthesize scientific evidence and methods to design, direct, and evaluate strategies to promote effective patient-centered care.
  • Nurse Leadership—incorporate leadership skills and interprofessional team building strategies to improve quality metrics within healthcare.
  • Evidence-Based Innovation—employ information systems and technology in the delivery of transformative healthcare.
  • Policy and Advocacy—advocate for evidence-based health policy to improve local, national, and/or global patient and health population outcomes.
Need for Pediatric Care
  • Approximately one million children have no access to a pediatrician, specifically in lower-income and rural areas
  • A majority of FNPs report their total pediatric population to be less than 25%
  • Only 8% of PNPs are certified to provide acute care, yet 22% report practicing in inpatient settings
  • Chronic illness among children has increased by 400% since 1960