The pediatric primary care nurse practitioner is an advanced practice registered nurse who provides health care to children from birth through 21 years of age, and in specific situations, to individuals older than the age of 21 years. Pediatric primary care nurse practitioners provide comprehensive health care to children through assessment, diagnosis, management and evaluation of care. Pediatric primary care nurse practitioners provide a wide range of pediatric health care services in a variety of health care settings.
The pediatric primary care nurse practitioner clinical track prepares nurses for careers in the delivery of primary care to children within a family context. Pediatric primary care nurse practitioners provide parents and children with health promotion and maintenance services. They provide health assessment and diagnosis, well-child care, intervention for common childhood health problems, management of chronic problems and referral and collaboration for the management of medical problems. Students have experiences in a variety of clinical settings, both rural and urban, and deliver a broad spectrum of care to children.
Pediatric primary care nurse practitioners are eligible for national certification through the National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNCB).
Stacia M. Hays, DNP, CPNP, CCTC
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.