Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

The Master of Science specialty track for Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners prepares graduates for many challenging career opportunities. Graduates meet the demands of today's healthcare workforce in hospitals, schools, specialty clinics and community-based primary care settings.

Through coursework, clinical training and evidence-based practices our students acquire the knowledge, values and skills necessary for advanced nursing practice. At the heart of our master's program are active, collaborative relationships between the College of Nursing faculty and community-based practices as well as Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. 

As part of the country's most comprehensive health sciences center, the College of Nursing provides students with access to cutting-edge research and evidence-based practice, a diverse selection of elective courses from the university's Graduate School and interdisciplinary collaborative experiences among healthcare professionals, including the LEND fellowship opportunity.

Our central location, class schedules and clinical partners throughout Ohio conveniently accommodate both part-time and full-time students. Many core courses are available to students in a state-of-the-art computer-based format for convenience and accessibility. Our pediatric nurse practitioner specialty track meets the curricular guidelines of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), and the requirements for advanced practice certification set by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).

Rosie Zeno, DNP, APRN-CNP
Director, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track

Message from the Director

The Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program prepares graduates to provide evidence-based healthcare to children from birth through young adult, including well child care and the prevention and management of common pediatric acute and chronic illnesses across a variety of clinical settings.

Skills

Graduates enter the workforce with the skills and competencies to:

  • Provide direct healthcare services to children and their families in a variety of settings 
  • Apply evidence-based practice to the care of children from birth to young adulthood and their families in the clinical setting and their communities
  • Design, implement and evaluate plans of care for children from birth to young adulthood
  • Utilize leadership skills to create positive change for children and families at the local, regional and national levels
  • Contribute to the advancement of the pediatric nursing profession through innovative quality improvement efforts, interventions and scholarship
  • Assume active roles in professional organizations within and outside of the nursing profession 

Curriculum

  • Nursing 7260 Nursing Concepts in Advanced Family Nursing
  • Nursing 7330 Pediatric Advanced Physical Assessment
  • Nursing 7331 Assessment and Management of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Issues
  • Nursing 7338.01 Advanced Nursing Practice in Pediatric Primary Care Practicum I
  • Nursing 7338.02 Advanced Nursing Practice in Pediatric Primary Care Practicum II
  • Nursing 7338.03 Advanced Nursing Practice in Pediatric Primary Care Practicum III
Sample Full-Time Traditional MS Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States 5
N7483 Quality Improvement and Informatics 3
N7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
Total credit hours 11
   
Spring  
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing 4
N7330 Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment 4
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship 3
N7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Total credit hours 14
   
Summer  
N7338.01 Advanced Nursing Practice Pediatric Primary Care Practicum I 8
N7260 Concepts in Advanced Family Nursing 2
N7500 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
Total credit hours 12
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7338.02 Advanced Nursing Practice Pediatric Primary Care Practicum II 8
Total credit hours 8
   
Spring  
N7338.03 Advanced Nursing Practice Pediatric Primary Care Practicum III 9
N7331 Assessment & Management of Child & Adolescent Mental Health 3
Total credit hours 12
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
Sample Part-Time Traditional MS Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States 5
N7483 Quality Improvement and Informatics 3
Total credit hours 8
   
Spring  
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship 3
N7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Total credit hours 6
   
Summer  
N7500 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
N7260 Concepts in Advanced Family Nursing 2
Total credit hours 4
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
Total credit hours 3
   
Spring  
N7330 Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment 4
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing 4
Total credit hours 8
   
Summer  
N7338.01 Advanced Nursing Practice Pediatric Primary Care Practicum I 8
Total credit hours 8
   
Year 3
 
Autumn  
N7338.02 Advanced Nursing Practice Pediatric Primary Care Practicum II 8
Total credit hours 8
   
Spring  
N7338.03 Advanced Nursing Practice Pediatric Primary Care Practicum III 9
N7331 Assessment & Management of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Issues 3
Total credit hours 12
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
Sample Full-Time Graduate Entry Curriculum
Year 1
 
Summer Credit Hours
N6100 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice 2
N6410 Introduction to Health Assessment 3
N6420 A Nursing Perspective: Life span Development of Individuals Within a Family Context 3
Total credit hours 8
   
Autumn  
N6270 Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults I 7
N6430 Cultural Competence in Health Care: US and Global Contexts 3
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States 5
Total credit hours 15
   
Spring  
N6260 Nursing Care of Children and Their Families 4
N6280 Nursing Care of Women and Their Families During Reproductive Transitions 4
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship2 3
N7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Total credit hours 14
   
Year 2
 
Summer (Summer + May)  
N6240(S) Concepts in Community Health Nursing 4
N6340 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 4
N7260 Concepts in Advanced Family Nursing 2
N7500 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
Total credit hours 12
   
Autumn  
N6271 Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults II 8
N6480 Quality Safety Initiatives in Clinical Practice1 1
N7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
Total credit hours 12
   
Spring  
N7330 Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment 4
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing 4
Total credit hours 8
   
Year 3
 
Summer (Summer + May)  
N7338.01 Advanced Nursing Practice Pediatric Primary Care Practicum I 8
Total credit hours 8
   
Autumn  
N7338.02 Advanced Nursing Practice Pediatric Primary Care Practicum II 8
N7483 Quality Improvement and Informatics in Advanced Nursing 3
Total credit hours 11
   
Spring  
N7338.03 Advanced Nursing Practice Pediatric Primary Care Practicum III 9
N7331 Assessment & Management of Child & Adolescent Mental Health 3
Total credit hours 12
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
1 Students must take N6480 prior to N7483
2 Students must take N7780 prior to NCLEX
Sample Full-Time BSN to DNP Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States* 5
NP8402 Innovation and Leadership Development for the DNP Nurse 2
NP8403 Science of Practice Innovation 2
Total credit hours 9
   
Spring  
N7260 Concepts in Advanced Family Nursing* 2
NP8490 Health Promotion in the Age of Personalized Health and Health Care 2
NP8500 Nursing Policy For Doctoral Nursing Practice 2
NP8782 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice 2
NP8890 Professional Seminar 1
N5115 MINDSTRONG: An Evidence-based Program to Reduce Stress and Promote Overall Well-being 1
Total credit hours 10
   
Summer  
NP8480 Quality Improvement for the Doctor of Nursing Practice 2
NP8610 Informatics for Leadership in Health and Health Care 2
NP8896 Practice Inquiry I 3
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N8510 Ethics in Healthcare Practice, Research and Policy 2
NP8781 Methods and Measurement for Clinical Practice Scholarship 2
Total credit hours 8
   
Spring  
N7330 Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment* 4
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing* 4
Total credit hours 8
   
Summer  
N7338.01 Advanced Nursing Practice in Pediatric Primary Care Practicum I* 8
Total credit hours 8
   
Year 3
 
Autumn  
N7338.02 Advanced Nursing Practice in Pediatric Primary Care Practicum II * 8
Total credit hours 8
   
Spring  
N7338.03 Advanced Nursing Practice in Pediatric Primary Care Practicum III* 9
N7331 Assessment & Management of Child & Adolescent Mental Health* 3
Master’s comprehensive exam**  
Total credit hours 12
   
Summer  
NP8897 Practice Inquiry II 3
NP8193 Individual Studies (Optional) 2
APRN Certification Exam  
Total credit hours 3-4
   
Year 4
 
Autumn  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Total credit hours 81
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
*Denotes master’s level coursework
**Denotes Graduate School requirements
Sample Part-Time BSN to DNP Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States* 5
NP8402 Innovation and Leadership Development for the DNP Nurse 2
NP8890 Professional Seminar 1
N5115 MINDSTRONG: An Evidence-based Program to Reduce Stress and Promote Overall Well-being 1
Total credit hours 9
   
Spring  
N7260 Concepts in Advanced Family Nursing* 2
NP8490 Health Promotion in the Age of Personalized Health and Health Care 2
NP8500 Nursing Policy For Doctoral Nursing Practice 2
NP8782 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice 2
Total credit hours 8
   
Summer  
NP8480 Quality Improvement for the Doctor of Nursing Practice 2
NP8610 Informatics for Leadership in Health and Health Care 2
NP8896 Practice Inquiry I 3
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
NP8403 Science of Practice Innovation 2
N8510 Ethics in Healthcare Practice, Research and Policy 2
Total credit hours 4
   
Spring  
N7330 Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment* 4
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing* 4
Total credit hours 8
   
Summer  
N7338.01 Advanced Nursing Practice in Pediatric Primary Care Practicum I* 8
Total credit hours 8
   
Year 3
 
Autumn  
N7338.02 Advanced Nursing Practice in Pediatric Primary Care Practicum II* 8
Total credit hours 8
   
Spring  
N7338.03 Advanced Nursing Practice in Pediatric Primary Care Practicum III* 9
N7331 Assessment & Management of Child & Adolescent Mental Health* 3
Master’s Comprehensive Exam**  
Total credit hours 12
   
Summer  
APRN Certification Exam  
Total credit hours 0
   
Year 4
 
Autumn  
NP8781 Methods and Measurement for Clinical Practice Scholarship 2
Total credit hours 2
   
Spring  
NP8193 Individual Studies (optional) 1
NP8897 Practice Inquiry II 3
Total credit hours 3-4
   
Year 5
 
Autumn  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Total credit hours 81
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
*Denotes master’s level coursework
**Denotes Graduate School requirements
Clinical Courses

Our specialty has clinical partners in a wide variety of geographic locations and clinical sites throughout Ohio. These include Nationwide Children's Hospital and many private practices and health centers. Clinical experience meets the requirements for certification as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care (CPNP-PC). Twelve to 16 hours per week of precepted clinical practice are required during each Nursing 7338 course. Students must complete 600 hours of precepted clinical experience, including the care of well children, children with common acute illnesses and children with stable chronic conditions.

 

FAQs

Ashley Brophy
Ashley Brophy, graduate

“This program has prepared me by providing me with the tools to advance my education, skills and my critical thinking. The instructors are intelligent, experienced, passionate and really care about their students.”