Post-Master's Certificate - Pediatric 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 an Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Learning outcomes

The graduate will be prepared for independent management of children and families seeking health care for complex acute and chronic pediatric health problems.

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
  • The Master of Science in Nursing degree requires 42 credit hours of course work.
  • Many of the faculty in the Acute Care PNP program are jointly appointed between Marquette University and the Medical College of WI (MCW) and are in current clinical practice at Children’s Hospital of WI.
  • Students in the acute care PNP program 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.
  • Graduates of the program are currently working in pediatric intensive care units, cardiovascular intensive care units, and specialty practice across the country in tertiary care children’s hospitals.

Core Courses – 12 Credits

NURS 6000   Theoretical Foundations of Nursing

NURS 6007   Ethics, Policy, and Health Care Advocacy

NURS 6009   Organizational and Systems Leadership

NURS 6010   Research & Evidence as a Foundation for Nursing

 

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 – 21 Credits

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 6640    Nursing Therapeutics for Acute/Critical Illnesses in Children

NURS 6651    Acutely Ill Children Practicum

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 - For the pediatric acute care nurse practitioner program: A minimum of one year of full-time work experience (or its part-time equivalent) as a registered nurse in an acute care setting is required prior to beginning any clinical courses.
  • BCLS from the American Heart Association, which must be maintained during all programs. Additional certifications: 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.
  • A completed application form and fee online directly to NursingCAS. Applicants who graduated from Marquette’s DE-MSN program apply directly to the Marquette Graduate School through Slate.

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

Gainful Employment Disclosure

 

Christine Schindler, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, AC

Norah Johnson, PhD, RN, CPNP

Jaime Fox, DNP, CPNP-AC/PC, CCTC

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