Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track

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[em]Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)[/em]Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track

Fulfill the Growing Need for Children’s Primary and Acute Care

As children’s health needs become more complex, and more communities experience limited to no pediatric care, nurse practitioners have a unique opportunity to fulfill important, high-demand roles. 

Baylor University’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program offers both a Primary Care track and a dual Primary/Acute track in order to prepare versatile, specialized nursing professionals for a variety of care environments. 

Two entry options are available:

To learn more about the entry options, please get in touch with our Enrollment Advisors

Baylor

BSN to DNP

75 Credits
Just over 3 years to completion

 

Baylor

Post-Master's DNP (coming soon)

31-37 Credits
2 years to completion

Expand Your Scope through a Dual-Track PNP Program

Prepare for a role as a pediatric nurse practitioner in both primary and acute environments, which gives you advanced knowledge and a wide range of opportunities.

Pediatric Primary Care Track
  • Address primary healthcare needs of children and adolescents by utilizing patient-and-family centered care within the context of the family unit
  • Build knowledge on the normal growth and development, health promotion, health maintenance, and management of children from birth to adolescence
  • Understand the health promotion, health maintenance, and management of common pediatric health issues
  • Learn how to identify and address potential and actual chronic health needs of pediatric patients
  • Examine the relationship between genes, environment, and health in a pediatric context
Pediatric Primary/Acute Care Track
  • Provide care for pediatric patients that have complex acute, critical, or chronic illness in settings including hospitals, intensive care units, and emergency departments
  • Develop clinical judgment, decision-making skills, and procedural skills for delivering complex acute, critical, and chronic healthcare to ill or injured children
  • Learn how to identify and address potential and actual healthcare needs of the acutely ill or injured child
  • Master essential competencies to meet the specialized needs of infants and children with complex acute, critical, and chronic health conditions

Program Features At-A-Glance

  • Earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON), ranked 41st in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Graduate Schools
  • Main coursework is online with on-campus immersions throughout the program
  • Practicum requirement total: 1,125 hours for Primary Care, with an additional 600 hours for Acute Care track
  • Courses are 15 weeks long, with three terms per year
  • Students learn from a nationally recognized faculty
  • Clinical placements provided
  • Total credits: 75 for Primary Care track; 14 for the additional Acute Care track

Admissions Requirements At-A-Glance

  • BSN from an accredited school of nursing
  • 3.0 GPA
  • One (1) year of full-time experience as a practicing professional nurse by the first day of class (additional work experience may be required by faculty)
  • Unencumbered RN license
  • No GRE or MAT required
     

Clinical Placements Provided

At Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, we strongly believe in setting our students up for success. That's why we collaborate with you to identify clinical sites and preceptors for clinical rotations. Additionally, clinical placement sites may be potential locations for future employment opportunities upon graduation. If you already have a placement site or preceptor in mind, we encourage you to refer them to our placement team to secure. Download the DNP-PNP brochure for more information.

Curriculum At-A-Glance

The online DNP-PNP program offers primary and acute tracks to prepare versatile, specialized nursing professionals for a variety of care environments. The advanced curriculum focuses on primary healthcare needs of children and adolescents, utilizing patient-and-family centered care within the context of the family unit, and complex acute, critical, or chronic illness for pediatric patients.

Important Dates

Next Application Deadline: November 29th, 2020

Next Start Date: January 11th, 2021

NUR 5305 Advanced Pediatric Health Care Management I: Primary Care

Designed to prepare the pediatric nurse practitioner student to address the primary health care needs of children and adolescents by utilizing patient-and-family centered care. The focus is on normal growth and development, health promotion, and health maintenance of children from birth to adolescence, within the context of the family.

NUR 5307 Advanced Pediatric Health Care Management II: Acute and Common Health Needs

Designed to prepare the pediatric nurse practitioner student to address acute and common health care needs of children and adolescents by utilizing patient-and-family centered care. The focus is on health promotion, health maintenance, and management of acute and common health issues in children from birth to adolescence, within the context of the family.

NUR 6309 Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I

Designed to prepare the acute care pediatric nurse practitioner student to identify and address potential and actual health care needs of the acutely ill or injured child. The focus is on clinical judgment, decision-making, and procedural skills for delivering complex acute, critical, and chronic health care to ill or injured children, within the context of the family.

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.

The Future for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Become an innovative nurse leader and a holistic caregiver who can shape the future of healthcare. Baylor nurses stand out and exceed expectations by connecting academic excellence with spiritual growth. 

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

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