Walden graduates more nurses with advanced degrees than any other university.¹
If you want to positively impact the health and wellness of our younger populations, Walden’s pediatric nurse practitioner primary care post-master’s certificate program can help you take a bold step forward in your education. This program is ideal if you already have an MSN. Take only the courses you need to become academically prepared to become an NP—or to add a new specialty to your existing nurse practitioner license.
A post-master's pediatric nurse practitioner primary care certificate program trains nurses to provide care to patients from birth to age 21, from preventive care to the management of chronic conditions. Walden’s streamlined program allows you to earn your PNP post-master’s certificate in just 43 quarter credits or less with qualifying transfer credit.
The post-master’s nurse practitioner certificate program is accredited by CCNE for the 10-year maximum term. CCNE accreditation is an external validation of the quality and strength of our nursing program, achieved through Walden’s dedicated faculty, exemplary support services, skilled preceptors, and commitment to the nursing profession.
Upon graduation from our pediatric nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate program, you’ll be academically prepared to sit for the national certification exam for pediatric nurse practitioner.
Oversee your own patients and provide complete, preventive, and continuous healthcare to individuals from birth to age 21.
Advance your nursing competencies and gain hands-on experience by applying your new knowledge in actual pediatric settings.
Our program is developed by active PNPs, offering a curriculum that covers the skills you need to succeed in the field.
Take Advantage of Transfer-of-Credit Opportunities
Do you already have your MSN—or are you already an NP? You may be eligible to transfer credit from your previous coursework to reduce the number of courses you will need to complete our pediatric nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate program. Contact an Enrollment Specialist to learn more.
Minimum Degree Requirements
- 43 total quarter credits with 640 clinical hours
- Foundation course (3 cr.)
- Specialization courses (40 cr.)
Start dates are offered each quarter so you can begin your program when it is convenient for you. Enrollment in this nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate program is currently open to new students in most states.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-398-6223.
Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing
In this course students are introduced to Walden University and online learning. Students explore strategies for the successful participation in an online curriculum. Students also will receive a foundation for academic and professional success as scholar-practitioners and social change agents. Course assignments introduce students to resources that support success, development of graduate-level writing skills and use of APA Style, academic integrity, and the creation of a professional development plan based on each student’s chosen specialization. Additionally, information and requirements for the MSN Practicum are introduced.
Advanced practice nurses must be equipped with an in-depth understanding of pathophysiological disease processes across the lifespan. In this course, students focus on understanding the bio-physiological processes, the deviations from these processes, and an in-depth examination of the scientific concepts related to the biology of disease processes. Advanced practice nursing students build on their knowledge of normal organ systems functioning to help organ systems return to optimal homeostasis. Through knowledge of pathophysiological disease processes, students synthesize the information needed to develop appropriate treatment plans for patients across the life span. Students explore a variety of topics regarding organ system diseases.
A solid foundation in the concepts and principles of drug therapy across the lifespan is essential to the work of advanced practice nurses. This course applies the advanced principles of pharmacology, including pharmacogenomics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics, by analysis of common drug classes prescribed by advanced practice nurses across the life span. Factors influencing successful therapy, such as effectiveness, safety, acceptability, cost, genetic/environmental influences, complementary regimens, and patient behaviors are considered. Through this course, students prepare to examine complex decisions in the management and treatment of selected acute and chronic diseases across the life span through pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic agents. Advanced practice nursing students will have a more in-depth understanding of drug legislation and regulation for prescribing drugs.
Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
The physical and emotional well-being of patients and families can be complex and multifaceted. Advanced practice nurses need to have the knowledge and ability to provide safe, competent, and comprehensive physical health assessments. Students in this course focus on concepts and skills to assess patients across the lifespan. They learn to use diagnostic reasoning, advanced communication, and physical assessment skills to identify changes in health patterns. Students also will explore preventative health through risk evaluation of healthy individuals as a central theme of clinical practice in addition to the assessment of patients with acute and chronic health problems. The advanced skills of suturing, reading 12 Lead EKGs, and interpreting X-rays will be covered. Course assignments emphasize risk assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and evidence-based assessment across the lifespan.
Advanced Pediatric Development and Behavior
This introductory course, designed for pediatric advanced practice nurses, introduces students to pediatric development and behavior. The course focuses on developmental and behavioral milestones, family systems, parenting styles, screening, surveillance, and assessment of infants, children, and adolescents. Management strategies, referral options as well as legal, ethical, and policy issues are discussed for children with normal development and behavior. The course also focuses on strategies for promoting wellness through anticipatory guidance of the child and family at each stage of development.
Primary Care Approaches for Children
This course is designed to provide the pediatric advanced practice nursing student with specialized knowledge needed for outpatient pediatric care of children from birth to young adulthood. There is also emphasis on pediatric illnesses commonly seen in the primary care office setting as well as evidence-based approaches to diagnosis and pediatric disease management.
Advanced Pediatric Nursing Practicum I: Primary Care
Pediatric nurse practitioner students will synthesize their knowledge from previous clinical courses and experiences related to the issues and trends in healthcare needs of children from birth to young adulthood, including well-child care, age-appropriate anticipatory guidance, and the diagnosis and management of various pediatric conditions. The focus of this course is on pediatric nursing practice in the outpatient care environment of the pediatric patient. Students gain confidence in clinical experiences in a primary healthcare setting where they learn to take a subjective history, complete a thorough objective examination, made appropriate assessments with differentials, and plan both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment.
Note: This course requires a minimum of 160 clinical hours.
Management of Complex Pediatric Conditions
This course is designed to provide the pediatric advanced practice nursing student with specialized knowledge needed for the management of complex acute and chronic illnesses in children from birth to young adulthood. There is emphasis on evidence-based approaches to diagnose and treat complex and chronic illnesses in pediatric patients within the family and community systems. Students also integrate knowledge, theory, and clinical practice research from a variety of disciplines into age-appropriate assessment and treatment of children using culturally appropriate strategies for patient and family education.
Advanced Pediatric Nursing Practicum II: Complex Care
Pediatric nurse practitioner students will synthesize their knowledge from previous clinical courses and experiences related to the issues and trends in healthcare needs of children from birth to young adulthood, including well-child care, age-appropriate anticipatory guidance, and the diagnosis and management of various chronic and complex pediatric conditions. The focus of this course is on pediatric nursing practice in the outpatient care environment of the pediatric patient. Students gain confidence in clinical experiences in a primary healthcare setting where they learn to take a subjective history, complete a thorough objective examination, conduct appropriate assessments, identify differentials, make referrals, and plan both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapeutic treatment regimens for well and sick pediatric patients with common chronic and complex conditions.
Note: This course requires a minimum of 160 clinical hours.
Management of Specialized Populations
This course is designed to provide the pediatric advanced practice nursing student with specialized knowledge needed when caring for specialized pediatric populations from birth to young adulthood. There is emphasis on what makes various subpopulations special and how best to provide evidence-based healthcare and disease management for special populations. This includes behavioral health issues, bullying, adolescent health, sexuality, contraception, eating disorders, LGBTQ+ youth, child abuse, mental health, and foster children.
Advanced Pediatric Nursing Practicum III: Specialty Care
Pediatric nurse practitioner students will synthesize their knowledge from previous clinical courses and experiences related to the issues and trends in healthcare needs of specialized pediatric populations from birth to young adulthood. The focus of this course is on pediatric nursing practice in the outpatient care environment of pediatrics patients of various subpopulations including patients with behavioral health issues, victims of bullying, and adolescents. Pediatric nurse practitioner students with will synthesize their knowledge of sexuality, contraception, eating disorders, LGBTQ+ youth, child abuse, mental health, and foster children. Students gain confidence in clinical experiences in a primary healthcare setting where they learn to take a subjective history, complete a thorough objective examination, make appropriate assessments with differentials, and plan both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapeutic treatment regimens for well and sick pediatric patients with common acute and chronic conditions.
Note: This course requires a minimum of 160 clinical hours, 80 of which may be completed in specialty care.
Synthesis of Pediatric Primary Care
This course is designed to prepare advanced practice nursing students with a combination of knowledge and skills that will help prepare them for the pediatric nurse practitioner primary care role. It also assists students to implement the pediatric nurse practitioner role in a collaborative model of practice.
Advanced Pediatric Nursing Practicum IV: Synthesis Care
This culminating clinical course focuses on the synthesis of theory and clinical management skills to manage the care of a pediatric patient. It also assists students with implementing the primary care pediatric nurse practitioner role in a collaborative model of practice.
Note: This course requires a minimum of 160 clinical hours
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To be considered for this certificate program, you must have a current, active RN license, a Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), or PhD degree in nursing or equivalent from an accredited school and meet the general admission requirements. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. Depending on program specialization, additional requirements may apply. More information for international applicants.
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||43 quarter credit hours||$726 per quarter hour||$31,218|
|Technology Fee||Per quarter||$165||$1,155|
|Clinical Course Fee||Per courses below
(PRAC 6810, PRAC 6820, PRAC 6830, PRAC 6840)
*Tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships, or other tuition reductions.
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $500 to $700.
Title IV financial aid, military tuition assistance, and veterans benefits are not available for this program.. Please speak with an Enrollment Specialist to discuss tuition savings opportunities.
Explore Real-Life Clinical Scenarios With Walden Grand Rounds
As a nurse practitioner student at Walden, you can take part in Walden Grand Rounds several times throughout the quarter. Meet virtually with faculty and classmates to review clinical patient scenarios that are focused on assessing, differentiating, and treating pathological conditions. This is a unique opportunity to connect what you’ve learned in class with real-life situations and challenges you’ll encounter in the field as an NP.
Gain Advanced Clinical Skills in Pediatric Care
In our online pediatric nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate program, you’ll academically prepare to assess, diagnose, and treat children and adolescents in a range of primary care settings. Courses in this program explore critical topics such as family-centered care, growth and development screening, and youth mental health interventions. Authentic assessments are embedded throughout the program, allowing you to draw a strong connection to the work you may already be doing in pediatrics.
Walden field experience coordinators are available to assist you in meeting your practicum requirements and you can view this FAQ document for answers to some of the most common questions.
With the growing focus on preventive care in the U.S., nurse practitioners are in demand. Jobs for NPs overall are expected to rise by 52% through 2030 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.2 With a pediatric nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate, you’ll be prepared to meet the need for NPs in pediatrics offices and other primary care settings.
A pediatric nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate program can help position you to become an autonomous provider of pediatric primary care. Experience the challenge—and the gratification—of guiding children and adolescents through their healthcare journey. Open the door to new career opportunities and help younger populations shape bright, healthy futures.
A pediatric nurse practitioner primary care certificate program can academically prepare you to work in a variety of settings, including:
- Primary care facilities
- School-based settings
- Pediatric offices
- Specialty clinics
- Urgent care clinics
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
Upon completing this pediatric nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate program, you will be academically prepared to:
- Synthesize organizational/systems leadership for cost-effective specialist nursing practice that contributes to high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change.
- Critique evidence-based literature drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives and pertinent research to guide decision making that demonstrates best practices for specialist nursing practice in a global society.
- Integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to specialist nursing care.
- Demonstrate ability to effectively communicate using audience-specific oral, written, and information technology for professional delivery of specialist nursing care.
- Evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury.
- Exhibit ongoing commitment to professional development and value of nursing theories/ethical principles (altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice) in accordance with ethically responsible, legally accountable, specialist nursing practice.
- Implement specialist nursing roles to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care in accordance with professional practice standards that transform health outcomes for diverse populations.
Judi KuricProgram Director
Dr. Kuric has more than 35 years of experience in nursing and advanced-practice nursing and more than 25 years of experience in nursing education. She is board certified as an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, and emergency nurse practitioner.
Cindy TrentAcademic Coordinator
A pediatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Trent has been practicing for more than 25 years and teaching for more than 15 years. She joined Walden in 2015 as a core faculty member in the MSN program. Her areas of expertise include pediatric primary care and pediatric asthma and allergies.
Jennifer StoneAcademic Coordinator
Dr. Stone is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with more than 16 years of experience in clinical practice. She has presented at numerous conferences, including the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and South Florida Council of Advanced Practice Nurses.
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