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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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Four Online PNP Programs

Learn what it takes to specialize in caring for children and young adults. Our advanced degree program offers a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track designed to help nurses pursue one of the most rewarding specialties available today.

Are you motivated to reach the apex of the nursing profession by working with some of the youngest patients? Our program offers a direct path to a DNP career with the added advantage of focusing a portion of your coursework in primary care and pediatrics.

If you have your MSN and now you’re ready to specialize in pediatric primary care, our certificate can be your best option. Our coursework focuses on the growth and development of the pediatric patient population.

Go from your MSN to your DNP with an PNP concentration, and you can earn a terminal degree that helps bring you back into the clinical setting. You’ll earn your PNP along with attaining your DNP, allowing you to practice at the highest level and lead interdisciplinary teams.

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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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.

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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 ).

The focus of this course is to critique, evaluate and apply appropriate theory within advanced nursing practice.

This course explores evidence-based practice as it relates to changing and improving current advanced nursing knowledge and application.

This course explores systems of health care delivery , finance and policies that guide the local, national and global level. The historical, philosophical and sociocultural aspects of health care policy are examined.

This course provides a theoretical foundation for exploring, analyzing and evaluating advanced nursing practice roles within the health care system. Legal and ethical contexts are included.

This course focuses on health screening, health promotion and disease prevention at the individual, regional and national level. This includes the exploration at the advanced nursing practice role to direct program planning, development, implementation and evaluation to improve healthcare outcomes.

Provides the basis for understanding the pathophysiology of diseases and the changes in normal function that result in manifestations indicative of illness across the lifespan.

This course explores focused and comprehensive health assessments in a variety of settings and patients across the lifespan. This includes development of health promotion strategies and prioritization of care. 

 

Prerequisite: Online - NURS 611, NURS 615 

 

Corequisite: On Ground - NURS 615

This course focuses on the pharmacological foundation for safely prescribing medical regimens of illnesses for individuals across the lifespan. Also included are illness prevention, non-pharmacological and legal implications for prescriptive authority for the nurse practitioner. 

 

Note: Selection of appropriate therapies, patient education and evaluation parameters are stressed.

This course will prepare the advance practice nurse for a leadership role on interprofessional teams that effectively implement patient safety and quality improvement initiatives. Budget and marketing principles will be explored.

This course focuses on growth and development and milestones of pediatric patients using theories and evidence based practice. Students will learn anticipatory guidance techniques, health promotion and illness prevention concepts within the pediatric population, incorporating individual, cultural, ethnic, and spiritual preferences. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 615 and NURS 612 (may also be taken concurrently) 

 

Corequisite: NURS 655C

This course is the first in a two-part pediatric primary care didactic sequence. In this course students will focus on acute and chronic primary health care problems of children and adolescents. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612, NURS 615 & NURS 650 

 

Corequisite: NURS 652 or NURS 652C

This is the first practicum course in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program. Students will apply and integrate concepts presented in the NURS-651 with focus on applying knowledge and skills in pediatric primary care practice settings. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 650 

 

Corequisite: NURS 651

This course is second in a two-part pediatric primary care didactic sequence. In this course students will focus on acute and chronic primary health care problems of children and adolescents. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 651 and NURS 652 or NURS 652C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 654 or NURS 654C

This is the second practicum course in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program. Students will apply and integrate concepts presented in the NURS 653 with focus on applying knowledge and skills in pediatric primary care practice settings. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 651 and NURS 652 

 

Corequisite: NURS 653

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 ).

The focus of this course is to critique, evaluate and apply appropriate theory within advanced nursing practice.

This course explores evidence-based practice as it relates to changing and improving current advanced nursing knowledge and application.

This course explores systems of health care delivery , finance and policies that guide the local, national and global level. The historical, philosophical and sociocultural aspects of health care policy are examined.

This course provides a theoretical foundation for exploring, analyzing and evaluating advanced nursing practice roles within the health care system. Legal and ethical contexts are included.

This course focuses on health screening, health promotion and disease prevention at the individual, regional and national level. This includes the exploration at the advanced nursing practice role to direct program planning, development, implementation and evaluation to improve healthcare outcomes.

Provides the basis for understanding the pathophysiology of diseases and the changes in normal function that result in manifestations indicative of illness across the lifespan.

This course explores focused and comprehensive health assessments in a variety of settings and patients across the lifespan. This includes development of health promotion strategies and prioritization of care. 

 

Prerequisite: Online - NURS 611, NURS 615 

 

Corequisite: On Ground - NURS 615

This course focuses on the pharmacological foundation for safely prescribing medical regimens of illnesses for individuals across the lifespan. Also included are illness prevention, non-pharmacological and legal implications for prescriptive authority for the nurse practitioner. 

 

Note: Selection of appropriate therapies, patient education and evaluation parameters are stressed.

This course will prepare the advance practice nurse for a leadership role on interprofessional teams that effectively implement patient safety and quality improvement initiatives. Budget and marketing principles will be explored.

This course focuses on growth and development and milestones of pediatric patients using theories and evidence based practice. Students will learn anticipatory guidance techniques, health promotion and illness prevention concepts within the pediatric population, incorporating individual, cultural, ethnic, and spiritual preferences. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 615 and NURS 612 (may also be taken concurrently) 

 

Corequisite: NURS 655C

This course is the first in a two-part pediatric primary care didactic sequence. In this course students will focus on acute and chronic primary health care problems of children and adolescents. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612, NURS 615 & NURS 650 

 

Corequisite: NURS 652 or NURS 652C

This is the first practicum course in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program. Students will apply and integrate concepts presented in the NURS-651 with focus on applying knowledge and skills in pediatric primary care practice settings. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 650 

 

Corequisite: NURS 651

This course is second in a two-part pediatric primary care didactic sequence. In this course students will focus on acute and chronic primary health care problems of children and adolescents. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 651 and NURS 652 or NURS 652C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 654 or NURS 654C

This is the second practicum course in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program. Students will apply and integrate concepts presented in the NURS 653 with focus on applying knowledge and skills in pediatric primary care practice settings. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 651 and NURS 652 

 

Corequisite: NURS 653

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.

This course provides a theoretical foundation for exploring, analyzing and evaluating advanced nursing practice roles within the health care system. Legal and ethical contexts are included.

This course focuses on health screening, health promotion and disease prevention at the individual, regional and national level. This includes the exploration at the advanced nursing practice role to direct program planning, development, implementation and evaluation to improve healthcare outcomes.

Provides the basis for understanding the pathophysiology of diseases and the changes in normal function that result in manifestations indicative of illness across the lifespan.

This course explores focused and comprehensive health assessments in a variety of settings and patients across the lifespan. This includes development of health promotion strategies and prioritization of care. 

 

Prerequisite: Online - NURS 611, NURS 615 

 

Corequisite: On Ground - NURS 615

This course focuses on the pharmacological foundation for safely prescribing medical regimens of illnesses for individuals across the lifespan. Also included are illness prevention, non-pharmacological and legal implications for prescriptive authority for the nurse practitioner.

 

 Note: Selection of appropriate therapies, patient education and evaluation parameters are stressed.

This course focuses on growth and development and milestones of pediatric patients using theories and evidence based practice. Students will learn anticipatory guidance techniques, health promotion and illness prevention concepts within the pediatric population, incorporating individual, cultural, ethnic, and spiritual preferences. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 615 and NURS 612 (may also be taken concurrently) 

 

Corequisite: NURS 655C

This course is the first in a two-part pediatric primary care didactic sequence. In this course students will focus on acute and chronic primary health care problems of children and adolescents. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612, NURS 615 & NURS 650 

 

Corequisite: NURS 652 or NURS 652C

This is the first practicum course in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program. Students will apply and integrate concepts presented in the NURS-651 with focus on applying knowledge and skills in pediatric primary care practice settings. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 650 

 

Corequisite: NURS 651

This course is second in a two-part pediatric primary care didactic sequence. In this course students will focus on acute and chronic primary health care problems of children and adolescents. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 651 and NURS 652 or NURS 652C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 654 or NURS 654C

This is the second practicum course in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program. Students will apply and integrate concepts presented in the NURS 653 with focus on applying knowledge and skills in pediatric primary care practice settings. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 651 and NURS 652 

 

Corequisite: NURS 653

Online DNP-NP Program PNP Concentration

This course is designed to introduce students to the purpose, content, and methods of epidemiology and biostatistics. Students will learn to evaluate and use output from statistical computing software. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 710

This course is designed to explore the phenomenon of interest related to the DNP scholarly project. Students will systematically develop a project protocol that is supported by the literature and submit it for department approval.

 

Course objectives:

 

  1. Develop a clinical question that guides the scholarly project.
  2. Read critically from professional nursing literature and other related disciplines to interpret, analyze and apply current research to improve practice.
  3. Apply a systematic approach to address clinical problems within healthcare organizations, including outcome measures and a sustainability plan to create meaningful changes in clinical outcomes.
  4. Develop a protocol and submit it to the DNP council for project approval.
  5. Develop the first chapter of the scholarly project that includes needed sections based on the selected DNP project format.

This course is designed to emphasize an objective approach to the integration and synthesis of knowledge. Manuscript preparation and practical use of evidence are incorporated to prepare students for the design of research proposals. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 700 and NURS 701

This course explores focused and comprehensive health assessments in a variety of settings and patients across the lifespan. This includes development of health promotion strategies and prioritization of care. 

 

Prerequisite: Online - NURS 611, NURS 615 

 

Corequisite: On Ground - NURS 615

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the measurement of phenomena as it relates to the research process. Procedures for selecting, applying, and interpreting the correct statistical application to a research problem will be presented with students processing the results. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 700

This course is designed to explore ethical principles for the highest level of nursing practice. Students will use evidence-based nursing and interprofessional literature to analyze ethical issues in professional practice.

This course is designed to provide students with the foundation of process improvement (PI) and quality improvement (QI) concepts. Evidence-based practice and change management will be integrated with concepts of PI and QI. Systems thinking will be emphasized.

This course will allow the students to design an evidence-based project that will guide clinical practice. The feasibility of conducting this initiative will be explored. Potential funding sources and budget issues will be examined. Students will apply the elements of protection of human subjects and complete the Maryville IRB. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 700, NURS 701, NURS 702, and NURS 703

This course is designed to expand the students knowledge of clinical project data collection and analysis of data. Students will apply integrated research concepts pertaining to the clinical project. Utilization of various methods of data analysis and data management systems will be explored. Complete project data is needed prior to the start of this course. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 705 and NUS 705L

This course is designed to expand the students understanding of methods of dissemination in translational research. Variables that impact the analysis of data related to the scholarly project will be examined. Implications for patients, clinical practice and the healthcare systems will be explored and findings disseminated. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 706

This course is designed to allow students to analyze organizational, management and social science theories in the context of organizational leadership and change management. Systems thinking is emphasized.

This course provides a theoretical foundation for exploring, analyzing and evaluating advanced nursing practice roles within the health care system. Legal and ethical contexts are included.

This course focuses on health screening, health promotion and disease prevention at the individual, regional and national level. This includes the exploration at the advanced nursing practice role to direct program planning, development, implementation and evaluation to improve healthcare outcomes.

Provides the basis for understanding the pathophysiology of diseases and the changes in normal function that result in manifestations indicative of illness across the lifespan.

This course explores focused and comprehensive health assessments in a variety of settings and patients across the lifespan. This includes development of health promotion strategies and prioritization of care. 

 

Prerequisite: Online - NURS 611, NURS 615 

 

Corequisite: On Ground - NURS 615

This course focuses on the pharmacological foundation for safely prescribing medical regimens of illnesses for individuals across the lifespan. Also included are illness prevention, non-pharmacological and legal implications for prescriptive authority for the nurse practitioner. 

 

Note: Selection of appropriate therapies, patient education and evaluation parameters are stressed.

This course focuses on growth and development and milestones of pediatric patients using theories and evidence based practice. Students will learn anticipatory guidance techniques, health promotion and illness prevention concepts within the pediatric population, incorporating individual, cultural, ethnic, and spiritual preferences. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 615 and NURS 612 (may also be taken concurrently) 

 

Corequisite: NURS 655C

This course is the first in a two-part pediatric primary care didactic sequence. In this course students will focus on acute and chronic primary health care problems of children and adolescents. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612, NURS 615 & NURS 650 

 

Corequisite: NURS 652 or NURS 652C

This is the first practicum course in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program. Students will apply and integrate concepts presented in the NURS-651 with focus on applying knowledge and skills in pediatric primary care practice settings. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 650 

 

Corequisite: NURS 651

This course is second in a two-part pediatric primary care didactic sequence. In this course students will focus on acute and chronic primary health care problems of children and adolescents. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 651 and NURS 652 or NURS 652C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 654 or NURS 654C

This is the second practicum course in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program. Students will apply and integrate concepts presented in the NURS 653 with focus on applying knowledge and skills in pediatric primary care practice settings. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 651 and NURS 652 

 

Corequisite: NURS 653

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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