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Primary and/or Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

The pediatric nurse practitioner program prepares graduates for advanced practice nursing.

The program focuses on the physiologic, psychological, and developmental needs of children and their families from birth until adulthood and across the spectrum of health care (inpatient, outpatient, home, and community). Students examine and apply theories pertinent to promoting wellness and providing care to infants, children, and adolescents. Current research from nursing and closely allied disciplines is analyzed and incorporated to develop evidence-based care. Primary care and acute care courses build on the core curriculum for advanced practice and provide students with classroom and clinical experiences under preceptor supervision.

Clinical practica are individualized to meet the needs and clinical interests of students preparing for roles as advanced practitioners in pediatrics. Primary care students focus on health teaching, counseling, and managing common health problems of individuals in primary/ambulatory settings. Acute care courses emphasize caring for chronically ill children and appropriate response to rapidly changing clinical conditions to include the management of emerging health crises, organ dysfunction, and failure.

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. In addition to faculty teaching and mentoring students, they may also practice in local community sites, including school-based health centers, as well as hospitals. Graduates are eligible to pursue national certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB), depending on the advanced practice clinical foci.

The pediatric nurse practitioner concentration is a blended curriculum. Specifically, classes include both on-campus and online activities. Online courses may be offered through a hybrid of traditional online learning and video conferencing.  On-site requirements may vary when enrolled in clinical courses.

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. A part-time program of study may also be available upon coordinator approval.

Students work closely with their program coordinator and faculty to find appropriate clinical placements that meet their individual academic needs. Clinical sites in students’ present location/home town will be considered and can be arranged.

All prospective College of Nursing students must apply directly through UT Graduate Admissions. All required application materials must be submitted directly to Graduate Admissions prior to the posted program deadline. To be considered for Fall admission, the priority application deadline is December 15. Please note the priority deadline must be met in order to be eligible for scholarships and fellowships.

For more details, please review our Graduate Admissions page.

For Course Descriptions, please see the Graduate Catalog.


PNP Coordinator Graduate Programs Advisor

Tamara Bland
Clinical Assistant Professor

April Gonzalez
April Gonzalez
Graduate Programs Advisor