Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program (PNP Degree)

Advance Your Career in Pediatrics

Help the next generation get their best start in life. Become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) by earning your degree from one of the best programs in the state, Gwynedd Mercy University’s Master of Science in Nursing Program – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track.

What Is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner?

PNPs are advanced practice registered nurses who can provide primary care to children, from birth through adolescence to age 21. In addition to treating chronic and acute health conditions, PNPs monitor growth, development, and the well being of their young patients while providing parents and caregivers with advice and education on healthy growth.

Subject to the scope of practice in the state where they work, PNPs can provide many of the primary care services and treatments general physicians can offer.

As a certified PNP, you can:

  • Assess patients
  • Diagnose patients
  • Treat acute and chronic illnesses
  • Prescribe medications (subject to collaborative agreement by the state in which you practice)
  • Make referrals to specialists
  • Advise and educate patients and their caregivers on health issues or healthy living habits

Why PNPs Are in Demand

Demand for primary care is rising. Research shows that the U.S. stands to face a shortage of up to 100,000 primary care physicians by 2030. Nurses who become PNPs can help fill that gap, specializing in the care of newborns, infants, toddlers, adolescents, and young adults.

In fact, PNPs and other NPs are so critical to meeting demand for primary care that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts up to 53,300 new job openings for nurse practitioners through 2018-2028.

Where PNPs Work

PNPs can provide primary care wherever children need them, including:

  • Pediatric health care facilities (as a hospitalist or ER fast-track care provider)
  • Ambulatory care facilities
  • Long term care (with a pediatric focus)
  • Physicians' offices (with a pediatric focus)
  • Community centers
  • Nurse-managed clinics
  • Well baby and mother clinics
  • Self-owned practice
  • Pediatric hospice care facilities
  • Pediatric home care services

The GMercyU Difference

What sets us apart from other pediatric nurse practitioner programs? Gwynedd Mercy University’s PNP degree program offers the flexibility and convenience you need. Earn your degree full-time in two years or pursue a three- to five-year plan while you continue to work.

Our advanced nursing programs also have deep and broad partnerships with health care affiliates and clinical sites throughout Pennsylvania, which means you’ll have many different opportunities for first-hand clinical experience as a student at our pediatric nurse practitioner school.

After graduation, you should be prepared to pass the Pediatric National Certification Board examination.
 

A Leading Regional Nursing School for Over 60 Years

For more than two generations, Gwynedd Mercy University’s Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions has led the region in health practitioner education. We've earned our reputation as one of the best nurse practitioner schools in PA, thanks to our small classes and rigorous curriculum that produce confident and capable nursing professionals. The nursing faculty members we select bring clinical expertise, academic rigor, and a passion for the nursing profession to the classroom.

The community of nursing experts, scholars, and regional health care leaders we have developed—not to mention our thousands of nursing alumni—is an invaluable resource for your professional development and personal enrichment. Inside and outside the classroom, the GMercyU community offers you the opportunity to earn your PNP degree from a renowned nurse practitioner program in the Philadelphia area.

What You Will Learn

GMercyU Nurse Practitioner programs prepare you for the responsibilities of primary care. Over the course of the program, you’ll expand your clinical knowledge and clinical practice skills, engage in professional research and writing, and explore contemporary issues in policy and society that impact health care. You’ll emerge from the program equipped to be the health practitioner and advocate your patients need.

As a GMercyU Master of Science in Nursing – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner graduate, you will be able to:

  • Collaborate with colleagues and consumers to provide and improve advanced nursing care
  • Demonstrate expertise as an advanced practice nurse through the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic health problems
  • Demonstrate professionalism as a nurse practitioner grounded in the Mercy tradition
  • Demonstrate social responsibility for individuals, families, and communities within the context of a multicultural society
  • Utilize knowledge to provide holistic care in a defined area of advanced practice nursing or nursing education in accordance with standards of practice and codes of ethics
  • Strategize to improve health for all by influencing policy
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing and related disciplines as a foundation for evidence-based practice as a nurse practitioner
  • Assume a leadership role in interpreting and promoting advanced nursing to members of the profession, to other disciplines, and to consumers
  • Contribute to advanced nursing knowledge through scientific inquiry

Curriculum

In our PNP program, you will complete 43 credits with 585 clinical hours, either as a full-time student for two years or a part-time student for three to five years.

Core Course Requirements for Our Master of Science in Nursing Programs

  • Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Roles
  • Advanced Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Roles
  • Advanced Assessment & Lab for Advanced Nursing Roles
  • Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles
  • Nursing Research Methodology & EBP
  • Leadership & Health Policy

PNP Program Courses

  • Role Transition I
  • Role Transition II
  • Primary Care Introduction
  • Primary Care – Newborn
  • Primary Care – Young Child
  • Primary Care – Adolescent
  • Primary Care – Young Adult
  • Primary Care – Women’s Health
  • Primary Care Practicum

PNP Post-Master’s Certificate Option

If you already hold a Master of Science in Nursing without a specialization, you can complete the courses you need to become a pediatric nurse practitioner with our PNP Post-Master’s Certificate Program.

We will work with you to evaluate your prior learning and determine a personalized certificate program curriculum for you.

Become a PNP with GMercyU

Become a primary care provider who can help our youngest patients get off to a healthy start in life. Enroll in Gwynedd Mercy University’s PNP program today. Call 877-531-7941 or email accelerate@gmercyu.edu to contact an admissions counselor or begin your application online now!

Accreditation

The Master of Science in Nursing program at Gwynedd Mercy University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, at 202-887-6791 (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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