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12 – 40 months

Degrees and Certificates

Children and young adults deserve expert care

Choosing to specialize as a pediatric nurse practitioner gives you the opportunity to impact a child’s life from birth to young adulthood. You can be the one who improves the well-being of children and their families by helping them get access to preventive care and sharing knowledge about making healthy choices. Maryville University’s online PNP programs offer the opportunity to focus your skill set and fortify your professional standing as a nurse.

Online PNP Programs

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100% online with no campus visits required

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No GMAT, GRE, or Statistics required for admission

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Complete clinicals locally in your preferred setting

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No waiting list once you’re accepted

Four Online PNP Programs

Why become an PNP?

Children are our future. Caring for them is yours.

You have a love of children and the desire to make a difference in the world. Now is the time to specialize in pediatrics as a nurse practitioner. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) estimates that there is only one qualified candidate for every four available nurse practitioner jobs



Upon graduation, you should know how to:


  • Conduct age-appropriate developmental and health screenings. 
  • Recognize unhealthy lifestyle habits and provide guidance on proper sleep, nutrition, and exercise. 
  • Identify and address mental health, functional, mobility, and cognitive issues. 
  • Order and interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests. 
  • Prescribe medication and develop treatment plans. 
  • Perform in-office primary care procedures. 
  • Escalate chronic and acute care needs to physicians/specialists.

Caring for children can be extra rewarding.

Dedicating your nursing career to the pediatrics care specialty can be dually rewarding. Not only will you get the chance to provide long-term care for patients who you get to know over the years, but you will also have the opportunity to join a professional sector that is compensated better than most.

PNP Career Outlook

There are many factors behind the increased demand for pediatric nurse practitioners. Favorable employment trends for pediatric NPs include:


  • Data from The Clinical Advisor reports an annual median salary of $83,937 for pediatric NPs, based on 2012 numbers.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 31% increase in job opportunities for nurse practitioners between 2012 and 2022. 
  • Scrubs Magazine identifies the pediatric nurse practitioner as one of the “Top 10 Highest Paying Nursing Specialties.” 
  • The role of nurse practitioner also ranked No. 1 on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 2013 list of “Today’s Hottest Jobs.” 
  • An ongoing shortage of primary care and family medicine physicians. It is anticipated that by 2025, the nation will be short at least 100,000 family medicine doctors. Pediatric (primary care) nurse practitioners are predicted to be in particularly high demand due to the even greater scarcity of physicians in rural and inner city communities. 
  • The emergence of nurse-run clinics and growth in the number of traditional walk-in clinics in response to the Affordable Care Act. 
  • Higher levels of patient satisfaction of those treated by nurse practitioners.

Why choose Maryville?

We’re a private, four-year institution ranked as one of America’s Best Colleges by both U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. We’re also proud to have been named to the Military Friendly Schools List for the 6th consecutive year. When you choose us, you receive a highly flexible and highly regarded education with the added convenience of being delivered 100% online. Here are a few more reasons why we offer you the best path:

  • Streamline your time and talent to earn a post-master’s certificate.
  • Graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 
  • Enjoy a flexible and convenient 24/7 online learning model. 
  • Explore important topics that will help pave the way to a better future for yourself and the nurses who follow in your footsteps. 
  • Take the opportunity to conduct research via clinical inquiry courses that will challenge your assumptions
  • Learn from an expert faculty of nursing leaders who openly share their experiences and insights regarding public health and the nursing profession

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Maryville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
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The MSN, Post-Master’s NP Certificate, and DNP programs at Maryville University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

PNP Curriculum

Four curriculum models.

One rewarding career specialty.

Online MSN PNP Concentration

Online Master of Science in Nursing — Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (MSN PNP)

You can complete your MSN PNP in as few as 28 months.

Begin your coursework the semester after you enroll with three entry points per year (January, May, and August ).

Online BSN to DNP PNP Concentration

Online Master of Science in Nursing — Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (MSN PNP)

You can complete your MSN PNP in as few as 40 months.

Begin your coursework the semester after you enroll with three entry points per year (January, May, and August ).

Online MSN Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Certificate PNP Concentration

Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate — Pediatric (Primary Care) Nurse Practitioner

You can complete your certificate in 32 credits. You can begin your coursework the semester after you are accepted, with six entry points either in spring, summer, or fall.

Online DNP-NP Program PNP Concentration

To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry trends. Professional licensure and certification regulations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Students are encouraged to visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for the state in which they intend to practice to verify specific licensure requirements which includes ensuring the program of interest meets the licensure requirements prior to enrolling. Students may visit the professional licensure page or reach out to our team of enrollment advisors for guidance.

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