Pediatric acute care nurse practitioners care for acutely ill, critically ill and chronically ill children and their families in a variety of practice settings, including but not limited to, inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, emergency departments and home care settings. Graduates of this program are prepared to provide expert clinical care to meet the specialized physiological and psychological needs of children and adolescents with complex acute, critical and chronic health conditions and/or urgent, emergent and life-threatening conditions.
As part of a world-class academic health center and network of interdisciplinary health care centers, the UF College of Nursing offers pediatric acute care nurse practitioner students access to a unique variety of clinical experiences ranging from work in acute care hospitals to family practices, as well as a wealth of expert pediatric nursing faculty and technological resources. The UF Health Shands Hospital for Children provides acute care PNP students special opportunities for clinical experiences.
Graduates are eligible for national certification as a pediatric acute care nurse practitioner by the Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNCB).
Progression in advanced practice nursing tracks requires supervised and precepted experience in specialized clinical settings. Students admitted to advance practice nursing tracks are advised that you may be required to travel to clinical sites for these experiences, and if you are unable to do so, your progress in the curriculum will be delayed.