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Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

This concentration is a five-semester course of study that builds on baccalaureate knowledge with preparation for advanced practice roles specializing in pediatric primary care. The focus is advance theoretical knowledge and practice skills needed to function in increasingly complex care settings. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice, outcomes management, clinical research, and advanced clinical decision making.

Graduates are prepared to assume the role of advanced practice nurse in pediatric primary care from birth through adolescence. At completion of the PNP course of study, graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examination and may apply for an advanced practice nurse license as appropriate in their legal state of practice.

The hybrid PNP program is a combination of on ground and online classes. On ground classes are taught at King's Hardin Valley location in Knoxville, TN.


Concentration Objectives

  1. Provide health maintenance and health promotion services to individuals and families.
  2. Diagnose and treat a variety of common health problems (actual and potential) commonly encountered in primary care settings.
  3. Utilize advanced practice nursing knowledge and clinical skills to help patients to achieve and/or maintain optimal health or to manage chronic conditions.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking and analysis in the provision of safe, patient-centered, effective, and evidence-based primary care services.
  5. Provide knowledgeable and sensitive services to multicultural and diverse patient groups across the lifespan.
  6. Provide holistic care and serve as a patient advocate in accordance with the Christian belief in the dignity and worth of the individual and family.

Clinical Requirements

A minimum of 600 clinical practicum hours are required for the advanced practice role as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Students will gain experience in pediatric primary care across the lifespan within settings specializing in Pediatrics and Women's Health.

These clinical experiences are accomplished under the guidance of a faculty member and a community-based faculty approved preceptor.

The graduate nursing curriculum consists of courses in three areas of study:

  1. The advanced practice nursing core (required of all students)
  2. The advanced practice specialty core
  3. The nursing clinical and/functional specialization

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Concentration Requirements

NURS 5002 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 s.h.
NURS 5004 Advanced Physical Assessment and Health Promotion 3 s.h.
NURS 5006 Advanced Pharmacology 3 s.h.
NURS 5018 Care of Women and Families 3 s.h.
NURS 5020 Pediatric Growth and Development/Health Promotion and Illness Prevention 6 s.h.
NURS 5023 Care of Pediatric Population 3 s.h.
NURS 5025 Seminar and Intensive Practicum - Pediatric Acute Illness and Chronic Disease Management 6 s.h.
NURS 5026 Practice Management and Advance Role Development 3 s.h.
NURS 5990 Comprehensive Assessment 0 s.h.
  Total Hours: 45 s.h.

MSN Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Plan of Study


Nursing Coursework

To view all required courses for a MSN with a PNP Concentration please click here.

For MSN course descriptions please click here.