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Earn your online DNP from the leader in doctoral nursing education.1

Do you love working directly with younger populations? Help ensure accessible, high-quality healthcare for patients from birth to age 21 with Walden’s DNP specialization in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Primary Care.

In this DNP pediatric nurse practitioner program, you’ll learn directly from active NPs as you gain the advanced training to treat infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Explore topics ranging from growth and development screening and family-centered care to youth mental health interventions.

DNP pediatric nurse practitioner programs educationally prepare registered nurses to become advanced practice nurses who can assess, diagnose, and treat children and adolescents in primary care settings. As a graduate of this program, you’ll be academically prepared to sit for the national pediatric nurse practitioner primary care certification exam.

Deliver Full-Spectrum Care

Gain the skills to oversee young patients across the care continuum, from preventive care to chronic condition management.

Get Hands-on Practice

Broaden your existing skill set through the practical application of your knowledge in actual pediatric settings.

Practicum Advantage

Get the support you need for a successful experience at all stages of your nursing practicum.

Start With Your BSN

Many of our DNP specializations offer a BSN entry point if you’re ready to move your career forward—but don’t have your MSN.

Walden Grand Rounds

Meet virtually with faculty and classmates to critically examine real-life scenarios you’ll encounter in your specialty.

Be Supported at Each Step

The Walden Doctoral Degree CoachTM helps you find the right support when you need it and stay on track throughout your journey.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $5,000 Walden Care & Compassion Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on July 11, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Personalized Practicum Support

Caroline SanchezWe know how valuable practicums are to your learning experience and career goals. That’s why we are committed to Practicum Advantage™—a collaborative process of coaching, resources, and self-help tools to help you identify local sites that match your needs.

Your Doctoral Journey

At Walden, we’ll guide you every step of the way with a comprehensive suite of support resources designed to help you confidently pursue the finish line, including our Doctoral Degree CoachTM. Are you ready to reach a higher level in your field?

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Choose the Path That Is Right for You

Choose the BSN to DNP track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have earned your bachelor’s in nursing degree.

Choose the MSN to DNP track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have earned your master’s in nursing degree.

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

Find Ways to Save

Program Savings

Receive up to a $5,000 Walden Care & Compassion Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on July 11, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations (BSN-DNP track): You must have a current, active RN license, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or equivalent from an accredited school and meet the general admission requirements.

Program Admission Considerations (MSN-DNP track): You must have a current, active RN license, a Master of Science in Nursing or equivalent from an accredited school and meet the general admission requirements.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts.

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 Clinical Autonomy

In this DNP pediatric nurse practitioner program, you’ll learn directly from experienced NPs as you prepare to positively impact the well-being of patients from birth to age 21 in pediatric primary care settings. Gain clinical autonomy and oversee children’s and adolescents’ healthcare needs as they develop and grow.

Walden practicum coordinators are available to assist you in meeting your practicum requirements. Explore our FAQ document for answers to some of the most common questions.

Meet Your Academic Team

  • Nancy Moss

    Program Director

    With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Moss is a certified nurse-midwife and family nurse practitioner (FNP). With deep expertise in online learning, she has developed and implemented curricula for various nursing programs, including a university nurse-midwifery program and nurse-midwifery practices for rural communities.

  • Deborah Lewis

    Deborah Lewis

    Core Faculty

    Dr. Lewis has extensive experience in teaching nursing and informatics courses and has coordinated and been an instructor in healthcare informatics academic programs. Dr. Lewis also has worked as a researcher in the area of consumer health informatics.

  • Maria Ojeda

    Maria Ojeda

    Core Faculty

    Prior to joining Walden, Dr. Ojeda worked as a nurse scientist at a major hospital system. She is a nationally certified family nurse practitioner, licensed in the state of Florida since 1999. Her clinical experience is in adult medicine, geriatrics, employee/occupational health, and women’s health.

Career Outlook

As the nation’s healthcare systems shift their focus to preventive care and promoting healthier lifestyles, nurse practitioners are in demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for nurse practitioners as a whole are expected to grow by 52% through 2030.2

While earning your DNP-PNP degree, you’ll prepare to meet the need for providing healthcare services in pediatrics offices and other primary care settings. Position yourself for opportunities in your field and making a lasting impact on the health and wellness of your community.

A DNP-PNP program can academically prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Primary care facilities
  • School-based settings
  • Hospitals
  • 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.

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