Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Apply advanced care for children in complex health situations

Prepares the graduate for independent management of children and families seeking health care for simple to complex pediatric health problems, usually in primary care settings.

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

  • Graduate will be academically eligible for certification as a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.
  • Advisor who works closely with you throughout your program.
  • Many faculty are jointly appointed between MU and the Medical College of WI (MCW) and are in current clinical practice at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. *
  • Students have access to 2 high-fidelity simulation labs (MU and Children’s) and the curriculum weaves leveled simulation experiences throughout the clinical experiences.*

*Applies to MSN and DNP programs

 

What degree is right for me?

Post-Master's Certificate MSN Post-BSN DNP*

Credits: 42


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


View the course work

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 – 42 Credits

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

Specialty Courses – 21 Credits

Health Promotion Across the Lifespan

Complex/Chronic Pediatric Health Conditions

Seminar in Child and Family Health

Nursing Therapeutics for Acute/Episodic Illness in Children and Adolescents

Advanced Nursing Care of Children and Families Clinical 1

Advanced Nursing Care of Children and Families Clinical 2

Advanced Nursing Care of Children and Families Clinical 3

 

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

MSN Courses – 42 Credits

Specialty Courses – 21 Credits

Health Promotion Across the Lifespan

Complex/Chronic Pediatric Health Conditions

Seminar in Child and Family Health

Nursing Therapeutics for Acute/Episodic Illness in Children and Adolescents

Advanced Nursing Care of Children and Families Clinical 1

Advanced Nursing Care of Children and Families Clinical 2

Advanced Nursing Care of Children and Families Clinical 3

 

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

Health Promotion Across the Lifespan

Complex/Chronic Pediatric Health Conditions

Seminar in Child and Family Health

Nursing Therapeutics for Acute/Episodic Illness in Children and Adolescents

Advanced Nursing Care of Children and Families Clinical 1

Advanced Nursing Care of Children and Families Clinical 2

Advanced Nursing Care of Children and Families Clinical 3

 

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/universities.
  • 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. Use DI Code 0093 for submitting GRE scores.
  • 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.

Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • Clinical experience requirements - Experience working as registered nurse for at least one year is required prior to beginning any clinical courses.
  • BCLS from the American Heart Association, which must be maintained during all programs. Additional certifications: pediatric primary care – optional PALS prior to clinical.

Meet the Program Faculty

Kristin Haglund, PhD, RN, FNP, PNP- BC (Option Coordinator)

Norah Johnson, PhD, RN, CPNP

Theresa Bullis, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Amanda Kotowski, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC/AC, AGNP-BC

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 Pamperin, M.Ed.- email Taylor