Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

What is a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner?

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

Through coursework, field experience, and research our students acquire the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for advanced practice nursing certification. Our nurse practitioner specialty meets the curriculum guidelines of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and the requirements for advanced practice certification set by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). At the heart of our master's program are active, collaborative relationships between the College of Nursing faculty and community-based primary care 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 knowledge, a diverse selection of elective courses from the university's Graduate School, and interdisciplinary collaborative experiences among health care professionals, including the LEND fellowship opportunity.

Our central location, class schedules, and preceptors 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.

Core Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Faculty

Rosie Zeno, DNP, RN, CPNP, Program Director

Stephanie Hosley, MS, RN, CPNP

Lisa Wispe, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC/AC

Tondi Harrison, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN

Essential Skills

Graduates enter the workforce with the skills and competencies to:
• provide direct health care services to children and their families in a variety of settings 
• apply theory and research to clinical practice with children from birth to young adulthood in their families and 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 

Core Curriculum

  • Nursing 7403              Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Nursing 7483              Quality Improvement and Informatics
  • Nursing 7491               Health Promotion and Disease Prevention across the Life Span
  • Nursing 7500              Nursing in the American Health Care System
  • Nursing 7780              Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship
  • Nursing 7450              Pathophysiology of Altered Health States
  • Nursing 7470              Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing

Specialty Courses

  • Nursing 7260              Nursing Concepts in Advanced Family Nursing
  • Nursing 7330              Pediatric Advanced Physical Assessment
  • 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
  • Advanced Child Development course (selected from a list of accepted courses from nursing and other departments)

Clinical Courses

Our specialty provides preceptors in a wide variety of geographic locations and clinical sites throughout Ohio. These include Nationwide Children's Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic, ad many private practices and health centers. Clinical experience meets the requirements for certification as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. 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.

Sample Curriculum

A sample curriculum and additional information about the specialty can be found here.

Admissions & Program Information

Traditional Master of Science option
Graduate Entry option
Post-Master’s option 

For further information about the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program, contact:

The Ohio State University
College of Nursing
Graduate Outreach and Admissions
1585 Neil Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1289

Call (614) 688-8145