Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Apply advanced-level care for children in complex health situations

Prepares the graduate for independent management of children and families seeking health care for complex acute and chronic pediatric health problems.

DNPs will also have competence in leadership, evidence-based care and translational research methods for quality improvement as well as preparation at the very highest level to apply advanced clinical assessment and management skills to complex health problems.

Program Highlights

  • Graduates will be academically eligible for certification as a Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.
  • Work closely with advisor throughout nursing graduate program.
  • Learn from faculty who are jointly appointed between Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and are in clinical practice at Children’s Hospital in Wisconsin.*
  • Spend an entire semester training with the more than 200 advanced practice nurses in 33 specialties at Children’s Hospital in Wisconsin.*
  • Gain access to two high-fidelity simulation labs (Marquette and Children’s) in a curriculum that weaves leveled simulation experiences throughout the clinical experiences.*
  • Faculty work with students to tailor final clinical hours to meet specific learning objectives.** 

*applies to MSN and DNP programs

**applies to DNP program

 

What degree is right for me?

Post-Master's Certificate

MSN

Post-BSN DNP*

Credits: 12-30


MSN required


 

Credits: 42


BSN required


 

Credits: 69


BSN required


Capstone required

*Post-MSN DNP tracks also offered. 

All programs have rolling admission.

2019-20 Tuition Cost Per Credit: $1,170.00


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These programs are generally completed on a part-time basis (3-6 credits per term) while students are working. Personalized plans of study are created collaboratively by each student and their adviser in order to create a manageable and flexible schedule. 

Post-Master's Certificate Courses- 12-30 Credits

Post-Master's certificates may require 12-30 credits, depending on academic background. 

Specialty Courses – 21 Credits

Concepts and Interventions for Health Problems Across the Lifespan

Complex/Chronic Pediatric Health Conditions

Seminar in Child and Family Health

Nursing Therapeutics for Acute/Critical Illnesses in Children

Acutely Ill Children Practicum

Acutely/Chronically Ill Children Practicum

Critically Ill Children Practicum

 

Foundation Courses – 9 Credits

Pathophysiological Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice

Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

Graduate Bulletin

MSN Courses- 42 Credits

Specialty Courses – 21 Credits

Concepts and Interventions for Health Problems Across the Lifespan

Complex/Chronic Pediatric Health Conditions

Seminar in Child and Family Health

Nursing Therapeutics for Acute/Critical Illnesses in Children

Acutely Ill Children Practicum

Acutely/Chronically Ill Children Practicum

Critically Ill Children Practicum 

 

Core Courses – 12 Credits

Theoretical Foundations of Nursing

Ethics, Policy, and Health Care Advocacy

Organizational and Systems Leadership

Research & Evidence as a Foundation for Nursing

 

Foundation Courses – 9 Credits

Pathophysiological Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice

Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

Graduate Bulletin

DNP Courses- 69 Credits

Specialty Courses – 21 Credits

Concepts and Interventions for Health Problems Across the Lifespan

Complex/Chronic Pediatric Health Conditions

Seminar in Child and Family Health

Nursing Therapeutics for Acute/Critical Illnesses in Children

Acutely Ill Children Practicum

Acutely/Chronically Ill Children Practicum

Critically Ill Children Practicum

 

Core Courses – 12 Credits

Theoretical Foundations of Nursing

Ethics, Policy, and Health Care Advocacy

Organizational and Systems Leadership

Research & Evidence as a Foundation for Nursing

 

Foundation Courses – 9 Credits

Pathophysiological Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice

Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

 

DNP Core Courses - 27 Credits

Quality & Patient Safety in Health Care

Health Care Informatics, Technology and Professional Issues

Translational Research

Epidemiology

Applied Statistics for Health Sciences

Professional Issues in APN/DNP Practice

Residency for DNP with Acutely Ill Adults

Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone 1

Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone 2 

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  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges or universities - must reflect undergraduate courses in health assessment, nursing research and statistics (including inferential analysis).

  • Three completed recommendation letters prepared by previous or present employers and teachers familiar with graduate education in nursing. (Post-master's certificate requires only one completed recommendation.)

  • A resume and written statement of professional goals, including reasons for pursuing graduate study.

  • An interview may be required.

  • GRE scores (general test only). Waived if undergraduate (or if applicant has already earned bachelor's or master's degree) GPA is 3.200 or above.  

  • International applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

  • All applicants must be registered in the United States as a professional nurse. Graduates of nursing schools in foreign countries must successfully complete the certification program administered by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and must be licensed in Wisconsin.

  • One year of practice in an acute care setting is required for students prior to beginning clinical practicum course work.

Applicants to the BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program should have graduated with, or be about to graduate with, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program with an upper division major in nursing.

The required minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale is required for the BSN to DNP. For graduates of foreign nursing schools, a formal evaluation of their nursing program of study documenting equivalency to a U.S. Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree must be submitted.

Prior to or during the first term of study, all BSN to DNP nursing applicants must have taken undergraduate nursing research and a statistics course which included inferential analysis (must be completed within 5 years of program start date). If the time period of 5 years has been exceeded for the statistics course, it may be possible for applicants to demonstrate proficiency by examination through an approved testing source (list of approved examinations available from the College of Nursing). Applicants who select an advanced practice nursing specialization must have taken an undergraduate course in health assessment.

Unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice in the United States. A Wisconsin or eNLC license is required at the time of admission.

BCLS from the American Heart Association, which must be maintained during all programs.

For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships), visit the departmental financial aid webpage. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.Tuition information for the Master of Science in Nursing — Second Degree Direct Entry for Non-Nurses program can be found in the Graduate Bulletin, as it differs from other graduate programs.

Graduate Program Recruiter

Lizzie Kerrick- email Lizzie 

Program Advisor

Taylor Rose Pamperin, M.Ed.- email Taylor