Hybrid

Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric Primary Care

Pediatric nurse with patient
Hybrid

Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric Primary Care

Play a leadership role as a PNP.

Designed for nurses with a BSN degree who want to achieve the highest credential in their field.

 

Open the door to a high-paying, rewarding job.

Pediatric nurse practitioners are some of the most sought after nurses in the field. Doctorate-prepared nurses from St. Catherine University graduate from a proven nursing program with an excellent reputation. For over 120 years, our nursing graduates have provided excellent primary care. In as little as three years, you can elevate your impact, play a key leadership role, and directly influence healthcare outcomes through systems change.

The BSN-DNP program begins with an emphasis on the nurse practitioner role. You will continue on with coursework grounded in critical inquiry, innovation, ethical leadership, and a holistic view of the patient. You will leave with the confidence and competencies to provide pediatric primary care with dedication and commitment to social justice and health equity.

In the DNP pediatric nurse practitioner - primary care track, you will learn:

  • Advanced practice nursing assessment and management of common and acute alterations in pediatric primary care
  • Implementation and coordination of care for patients with complex and chronic alterations of health in the context of the family and health systems through interprofessional education (IPE)
  • Advanced concepts in clinical information systems, patient care technologies, clinical decision support, legal/ethical issues, consumer health informatics, and the integration of evidence-based practice to change systems

While this is a full-time commitment, our program provides flexibility by offering effective online courses and highly interactive, in-person learning for core nurse practitioner classes. Our dedicated clinical placement coordinator provides clinical placements for all nurse practitioner students. Courses are held one day a week, with some online classes. Students of all genders are welcome in this program.

Cost & Time

Cost per credit: $1,150 (2022-23 rates)

Credits required: 68

Time to completion: 3 - 4 years

Start: Fall

Accreditation

The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Learn more about accreditation and outcomes here.

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Plan of Study

Below are sample plans of study. For course descriptions and other details, consult the University catalog.

Year 1

  • Fall
    NURS 7140: Foundations (3 cr)
    NURS 8150: Leadership (3 cr)
    NURS 6223: Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Spring
    STAT 7000: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 cr)
    NURS 7060: Evidence Based Practice (3 cr)
    NURS 6160: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Summer
    NURS 6140: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (3 cr)
    NURS X: Diagnostic Reasoning and Clinical Management (3 cr)

Year 2

  • Fall
    NURS 7080: Informatics (3 cr)
    NURS 8536: Health Care Economics and Finance (3cr)
    NURS 6125: Health Promotion in Primary Care: Pediatric (3 cr)
  • Spring
    NURS 8300: Advanced Outcome and Evaluation (3 cr)
    NURS 6410: Primary Care I: Common and Acute Conditions in Pediatrics (3 cr)
    NURS 8520: Advanced Evidence-Based Practice (3 cr)
  • Summer
    NURS 7410: Primary Care II: Chronic Health Challenges in Pediatrics (3 cr)
    NURS 6415: Primary Care Clinical I: Pediatrics (1 cr)
    NURS 6425: DNP Integration I (2 cr)

Year 3

  • Fall
    NURS 7810: Primary Care III: Chronic and Complex Conditions in Pediatrics (3 cr)
    NURS 7415: Primary Care Clinical II: Pediatrics (3 cr)
    NURS X: DNP Integration II (2 cr)
  • Spring
    NURS 8540: Health Care: Power, Policy, and Politics (3 cr)
    NURS 7815: Primary Care Clinical III: Pediatrics (3 cr)
    NURS X: DNP Integration III (2 cr)
  • Summer
    NURS X: Primary Care Clinical IV: Pediatrics (2 cr)
    NURS X: DNP Integration IV (2 cr)

Year 1

  • Fall
    NURS 7140: Foundations (3 cr)
    NURS 8150: Leadership (3 cr)
  • Spring
    STAT 7000: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 cr)
    NURS 7060: Evidence Based Practice (3 cr)
  • Summer
    NURS 7080: Informatics (3 cr)

Year 2

  • Fall
    NURS 6223: Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan (3 cr)
    NURS 8300: Advanced Outcome and Evaluation (3 cr)
  • Spring
    NURS 6160: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Summer
    NURS 6140: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (3 cr)
    NURS X: Diagnosis and Management (3 cr)

Year 3

  • Fall
    NURS 6125: Health Promotion in Primary Care: Pediatric (3 cr)
    NURS 8536: Health Care Economics and Finance (3 cr)
  • Spring
    NURS 6410: Primary Care I: Common and Acute Conditions in Pediatrics (3 cr)
    NURS 8520: Advanced Evidence-Based Practice (3 cr)
  • Summer
    NURS 7410: Primary Care II: Immunologic and Infectious Challenges in Pediatrics (3 cr)
    NURS X: Primary Care Clinical I: Pediatrics (1 cr)
    NURS X: DNP Integration I (2 cr)

Year 4

  • Fall
    NURS 7810: Primary Care III: Chronic and Complex Conditions in Pediatrics (3 cr)
    NURS 6415: Primary Care Clinical II: Pediatrics (3 cr)
    NURS X: DNP Integration II (2 cr)
  • Spring
    NURS 8540: Health Care: Power, Policy, and Politics (3 cr)
    NURS 7415: Primary Care Clinical II: Immunologic and Infectious Challenges in Pediatrics (3 cr)
    NURS X: DNP Integration III (2 cr)
  • Summer
    NURS 7815: Primary Care Clinical III: Chronic and Complex Conditions in Pediatrics and Families (2 cr)
    NURS X: DNP Integration IV (2 cr)
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