DNP in Pediatric Nursing

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The DNP in Pediatric Nursing program is designed to prepare the registered nurse as an Advanced Practice Nurse with specialized knowledge and skills to provide primary care for pediatric patients.

As a primary care provider, the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner's (PNP) focus includes comprehensive health assessment, developmentally appropriate health promotion activities, family counseling, and management of commonly encountered acute and chronic illness of newborns through late adolescence (0-21 years of age).

Coursework assists students to develop an expertise in pediatric primary care through the use of case studies, practicum experiences, and preceptored experiences with Advanced Practice Nurses. Students who successfully complete the DNP in Pediatric Nursing are eligible to take national certification examinations that qualify them to assume roles as pediatric primary care providers in the community. Graduates are expected to contribute to the delivery of quality health care through their implementation of evidence-based care and their ability to foster independence in an individual’s management of health.

The College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has been preparing nurses for advanced and expert practice for over 100 years. Degree concentrations include DNP pathways for APNs with current PNP credentials and for those wishing to obtain initial PNP certification.