2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    May 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Post Master’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute Care Certificate

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Program Description

This Post Master’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute Care Certificate builds on the existing curriculum of the pediatric nurse practitioner master’s in nursing program.  The plan of study includes the clinically related courses that are unique to acute care pediatric nurse practitioner first master’s students.  Successful completion of the program will allow for students to become certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care (PNP-AC) through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).  

Admission Requirements

  • Master’s Degree as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from a CCNE accredited master’s program (official transcript from accredited master’s program required)
    • Note:  Post master’s students who are not pediatric nurse practitioners may also apply, but based on the needed credit hours (minimum of 23 hours) this is a second master’s and not a certificate program. 
  • Current professional licensure as an APRN in the state where clinical experiences are planned (e.g. a student from Indianapolis might participate in the program but do their clinical practicum experience in the state of Indiana, requiring licensure in that state).
  • Interview by Program Director, either in person or via telephone

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate will be prepared to:

  1. Examine scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.
  2. Demonstrate leadership skills necessary for ethical and critical decision making, effective working relationships, and a systems-perspective to promote high quality and safe patient care.
  3. Apply quality principles within an organization and articulate the methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality.
  4. Apply evidence-based outcomes within the practice setting, resolving practice problems, working as a change agent, and disseminating results.  
  5. Use communication strategies and patient-care technologies to integrate, coordinate, deliver and enhance care. 
  6. Examine the policy development process and advocacy strategies necessary to intervene at the system level to influence health and health care.  
  7. Use communication strategies necessary for interprofessional collaboration and consultation to manage and coordinate care. 
  8. Integrate broad, organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families, and aggregates/identified populations.  
  9. Demonstrate advanced level of understanding of nursing and relevant sciences as well as the ability to integrate this knowledge into practice including both direct and indirect care components that influence healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems.  

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Post Master’s Pediatric Acute Care Certificate

  • Credit Hour(s): 5
  • Note:  A gap analysis will be performed to evaluate the student’s previous course work against Wright State University’s current program of study for the PNP-AC program.  Additional courses may be included in the program of study based on the gap analysis.   These classes will be determined on an individual basis resulting in a personalized program of study.   According to WSU standards, a program of study that is greater than 22 credit hours will be designated as a second masters; a program between 9 and 21 hours will be designated as a post-masters certificate.

  • Credit Hour(s): 6

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