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BSN-DNP Dual Track-Acute and Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

The accredited dual track program prepares students to deliver advanced care to infants, children, and adolescents in a variety of settings. Building on the in-depth knowledge of the primary care pediatric nurse practitioner of well child care and prevention/management of common pediatric acute illnesses and chronic conditions, the acute care role prepares students to provide care to pediatric patients with acute, complex, critical, and chronic illness. Upon program completion, graduates will be eligible for certification as a Dual Acute Care (CPNP-AC) and Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP-PC) by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and for state licensure.

As a dually certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Acute and Primary Care, you can deliver care in settings such as:

  • Emergency Departments
  • Pediatric Hospitalist Service
  • Urgent Care Centers
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Primary Care Practices
  • Inpatient Management of Subspecialties
  • School-Based Health Centers
  • Community Agencies Caring for Technologically Dependent Children
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Cardiovascular ICU
  • Sedation Services
  • Home Health Care
  • Telehealth Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Specialty Care – PNPs working in specialty care may often work between the inpatient and outpatient care settings.

The Dual Track – Acute and Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner concentration is a hybrid online curriculum with on-campus visits twice per semester throughout the students’ clinical courses in their areas of concentration. On-site requirements provide opportunities for networking with peers, formative learning, and summative assessments of advanced clinical skills within the College of Nursing’s high-fidelity simulation center. Synchronous online course meetings will also occur throughout the semester for case discussions, content review, and presentations. These mandatory online course meetings will be scheduled prior to the beginning of the term so students may arrange their schedules accordingly.

The concentration is typically a full-time program. Student curriculum plans of study are individualized and carefully determined under the guidance of the concentration coordinator.

Community professionals, both nurse practitioners and physicians, volunteer their time as preceptors and allow students access to patients in their clinical sites. Individual interests, types of practice, and teaching styles of the preceptors provide choices for the best match of students and preceptors. Finding clinical sites and preceptors involves a collaboration between the student and CON faculty. Students are welcome to identify potential clinical sites and preceptors. Concentration Coordinators have final approval of appropriate clinical sites. Students desiring to complete clinical rotations outside the state of Tennessee must be familiar with their state Board of Nursing requirements for graduate clinical placements. Questions should be directed to the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs.

During the acute care portion of their program, local students will have an opportunity to complete much of their clinical practicum at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Clinical sites in students’ place of residence can also be arranged.


Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program Concentration Coordinator Graduate Programs Advisor