PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Role

Pediatric nurse practitioner duties include a great deal of interaction with children and their parents, working alongside pediatricians to provide primary care for infants, young children and adolescents up to 21 years old. They analyze assessment data, lab work, and diagnostic tests to come to a diagnosis for their patients. Pediatric nurse practitioners are responsible for prescribing medication and require attention to detail since they deal with age- and weight-appropriate doses for children. Pediatric nurse practitioners will also need to assess the growth and development of their patients to determine if they are meeting the milestones relative to their age groups. Educating patients and their families is another important duty. There is a growing demand for pediatric nurse practitioners who can provide cost-effective health care for children.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Salary

A pediatric nurse practitioner’s salary is estimated around $97,000 per year, though these estimates can vary depending on location and work setting, such as a physician’s office or hospital. Experience is also a large factor in determining salary.

How to Become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Eligibility Requirements

There are many steps to becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner. Prior education, certification and clinical practice are among the requirements for being accepted into a nurse practitioner program. Here is a step-by-step path you can take to become a pediatric nurse practitioner.

  1. Become a registered nurse. In order to apply to a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner program, one must have completed a degree in registered nursing and be certified as a registered nurse in a U.S. state or territory. Passing the NCLEX-RN examination is required for certification as a registered nurse. Working one to two years before applying for a nurse practitioner program is highly recommended.
  2. Apply to pediatric primary care nurse practitioner programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. These programs must be master’s, postgraduate or doctoral programs. More information on pediatric nurse practitioner programs and coursework requirements can be found below.
  3. Complete 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours related to the pediatric nurse practitioner role and population.
  4. Apply to take the pediatric primary care nurse practitioner exam administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or Pediatric Nursing Certification Board to earn your certification. The exam tests comprehension of assessment and diagnostic techniques, pharmacology, theory and more. Final transcripts and proof of education are required. More information about certification can be found at the bottom of this page.
  5. Apply for state certification as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the state where you wish to practice. Go to our state certification pages to find out what the requirements are and how to apply. Many applications can be submitted online.
  6. Once you have earned your pediatric nurse practitioner certification, it must be renewed every five years. In addition to renewing certification through the board, renewal through the state is also required and may require additional fulfillment of continuing education contact hours.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs

Admissions criteria for pediatric nurse practitioner programs are similar to other nurse practitioner specialty areas. Applicants should be an RN with a valid license in the U.S., hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing and have two years of work experience in a pediatric primary care setting. To be a competitive, candidates should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and above-average GRE scores. Course work includes pediatric pharmacology, advanced assessment techniques, child development and professional practice standards. Pediatric RNs enrolled in a pediatric nurse practitioner education program should be able to commit up to two years of full-time study, which may include 40 to 60 credit hours of class work and clinicals, and at least 500 to 600 hours of clinical work experience, depending on the program. It is not uncommon for students to opt for a part-time curriculum, which has the same requirements but can accommodate the limited availability of working RNs. Some courses and clinicals may not be available on a part-time basis. For the clinical preceptorship requirement, students are expected to make their own arrangements unless the institution offers to make arrangements; some universities have pre-existing arrangements that allow students to complete the practicum nearby.

Upon successful completion of an accredited pediatric nurse practitioner program, students will have earned a Master of Science in Nursing and will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam. The certification exam is administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. The ANCC and PNCB require applicants to have a current RN license and complete at least 500 hours of clinical time as part of an accredited pediatric nurse practitioner program. The exam is designed to test the student’s knowledge of advanced pharmacology, health assessment and physiology in addition to pediatric health issues.

In addition to studying health issues related to the pediatric population, the ANCC and PNCB require successful completion of three separate courses in pharmacology, physiology and health assessment during the pediatric nurse practitioner program.

A pediatric nurse practitioner program can be completed in two years with full-time study and three years on a part-time basis. A shorter program length is possible for students who already have a master’s degree. Individual students’ availability and extenuating life circumstances can also affect how long the program takes.

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Online Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs

For working registered nurses who do not want to put their career on pause or uproot their lives to attend a far-away on-campus program, online pediatric nurse practitioner programs can be a flexible option. When looking for an online pediatric nurse practitioner program, make sure that it is high quality, with interactive features such as live classes and excellent placement services that will help you get the most out of your education. Some universities offer online programs that are identical to what they offer on campus, allowing students to earn a degree from a university they know and whose reputation they trust, without having to move there. Online pediatric nurse practitioner programs are growing in popularity and are a great way to become a pediatric nurse practitioner.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Type of Certification: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Board Certified (PNP-BC)
Eligibility Requirements: Nurses must have a valid RN license, a master’s degree from an accredited nurse practitioner program, and a minimum of 500 hours as a pediatric nurse practitioner in their degree program.
Certification Process: Apply online through the ANCC website, or download the application and mail it  in along with proof of standing. Transcripts will need to be mailed to the credentialing company for verification. Nurses will get an authorization to test and have 90 days to sit for the computerized exam at a designated test site.
Fees: $395 for non-members
Renewal: Certification is valid for five years. Pediatric nurse practitioners must maintain a valid license and complete 1,000 hours of work as a pediatric nurse practitioner to re-certify. The fee is $350 for a non-member.

Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB)
Type of Certification: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care (CPNP-PC)
Eligibility Requirements: Nurses must have a valid RN license, a master’s degree from an accredited nurse practitioner program, and a minimum of 500 hours as a pediatric nurse practitioner in their degree program.
Certification Process: Apply online through the PNCB website
Fees: $385
Renewal: Certification is valid for one year. Pediatric nurse practitioners must maintain a valid license and complete either modules or continuing education.

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Nursing@USC

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