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Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

The College of Nursing offers a certificate for graduate nurses who would like additional training as a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner. This post-MSN or post-DNP certificate prepares the MSN or DNP prepared nurse for a career as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the primary care setting.

Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – The Primary Care PNP role is designed to meet the specialized physiologic and psychological needs of children in the areas of health maintenance and promotion, and assessment and management of disease processes. Care is provided to support optimal health of children within the context of their family, community, and environmental setting. (PNCB,2019). Upon program completion, graduates will be eligible for certification as a Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP-PC) by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and for state licensure.

As a Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, you can deliver care to patients in a variety of settings such as:

  • Pediatric Primary Care Practices
  • School-Based Health Centers
  • Health Departments
  • Subspecialty Pediatric Clinics
  • Community Agencies providing Preventive Care
  • Telehealth Care

The Primary 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.

Students will complete a minimum of 600 hours of direct patient care clinical hours .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. Clinical rotations offer the student opportunities to practice their clinical skills and be mentored by licensed heath care providers. Identification of clinical sites and preceptors involves a collaboration between the student and CON faculty and staff. Students are encouraged to identify potential clinical sites and preceptors. Concentration Coordinators have ultimate approval of all clinical placements. 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.

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



For course descriptions, see the Graduate Catalog.



Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program Concentration Coordinator Graduate Programs Advisor