Post-Master's Certificate - Dual Pediatric Primary and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

This post-master's certificate program prepares the nurse who already has a graduate degree in nursing to become academically eligible for certification as a pediatric nurse practitioner prepared for a dual role in both acute and primary care.

Learning outcomes

Graduates are prepared to manage well children, pediatric acute and episodic illnesses, complex chronically ill, acutely ill and critically ill children. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examinations for the acute care and primary care pediatric nurse practitioner specialties.

The post-master’s certificate curriculum is individually designed based on the course work documented on the transcript of the student’s master’s degree. The number of credits required for the completion of the certificate will vary.

The courses listed are required in the post-master’s curriculum plan unless these courses, or their acceptable equivalent, are documented on the master’s transcript. A minimum of 12 credits is required for the post-master’s certificate. 

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  • Program Highlights
  • Curricular Plan
  • Admission Requirements
  • Program Faculty
  • Students complete 500 primary care clinical hours and 500 acute care clinical hours.
  • Primary care sites are located across southeastern Wisconsin. Students have an opportunity to practice in a variety of clinical settings with a special emphasis on sites serving economically disadvantaged children in the community.
  • In the acute care clinicals, students train with the more than 200 Advanced Practice Nurses in 33 specialties at Children’s Hospital of WI.
  • Students in this track spend an entire semester in the 72-bed pediatric intensive care unit.
  • Students in this option have access to two high fidelity simulation labs (Marquette and Children’s Hospital) and the curriculum weaves leveled simulation experiences throughout the clinical experiences.

Foundation Courses – 9 Credits

NURS 6030   Pathophysiological Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice

NURS 6032   Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

NURS 6035   Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan


Specialty Courses – 30 Credits

NURS 6244    Health Promotion Across the Lifespan

NURS 6242    Concepts and Interventions for Health Problems Across the Lifespan

NURS 6536    Complex/Chronic Pediatric Health Conditions

NURS 6540    Seminar in Child and Family Health

NURS 6542    Nursing Therapeutics for Acute/Episodic Illness in Children and Adolescents

NURS 6640    Nursing Therapeutics for Acute/Critical Illnesses in Children

NURS 6551    Advanced Nursing Care of Children and Families Clinical 1

NURS 6552    Advanced Nursing Care of Children and Families Clinical 2

NURS 6652    Acutely/Chronically Ill Children Practicum

NURS 6653    Critically Ill Children Practicum   

  • Applicants for a post master’s certificate program must have earned a graduate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program.
  • The required minimum graduate level GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale is required. For graduates of foreign nursing schools, a formal evaluation of their nursing program of study documenting equivalency to a U.S. Bachelor of Science and master’s degrees in nursing degree must be submitted.
  • 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 - One year of full-time nursing experience in a pediatric acute care setting is required prior to beginning acute care clinical courses.
  • BCLS from the American Heart Association, which must be maintained during all programs. Additional certifications:  pediatric acute care - PALS prior to clinical; pediatric primary care – optional PALS prior to clinical.
  • A written statement of professional goals, including reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges or universities - must reflect undergraduate courses in health assessment, nursing research and statistics (including inferential analysis).
  • (For international applicants only) a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

Information regarding Graduate School tuition/fees and financial assistance is located on the Graduate School website.


Christine Schindler, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, AC (Option Coordinator)

Kristin Haglund, PhD, RN, FNP, PNP- BC

Norah Johnson, PhD, RN, CPNP


Jill Kuester, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC

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

Katie McDermott, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC

Jennifer Pfister, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC, C-NPT

Norah Johnson, PhD, RN, CPNP

Theresa Bullis, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

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