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Do you have a passion for direct care and love working with young patients? Take an active role in ensuring accessible, high-quality healthcare with Walden’s MSN specialization in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Primary Care.

In this online pediatric nurse practitioner specialization, you’ll learn directly from practicing NPs as you gain the advanced training to treat patients from birth to age 21. Explore critical topics including family-centered care, growth and development screening, and youth mental health interventions.

An online pediatric NP specialization educationally prepares registered nurses to become advanced practice nurses who can assess, diagnose, and treat children and adolescents in a range of primary care settings.

Why Choose Walden?

Full-Spectrum Pediatric Care

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

Prepare for NP Certification

This pediatric NP primary care specialization prepares you to sit for the national Pediatric Nursing Certification Board exam.

Hands-On Practice

Expand your existing skill set through practical application of new knowledge in pediatric settings.

Engaging Coursework

State-of-the-art learning technologies, interactive simulations, case studies, and robust media bring classroom topics to life.

Dedicated Student Support

Get the support you need to thrive, from student success advising and practicum coordination to our online community of nurses.

Learn From Experienced NPs

Learn from experienced nurse practitioners who work in clinical settings. Our didactic NP faculty all hold doctoral degrees.


Receive up to a $3,000 Walden Care & Compassion Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on December 13, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Program Details

Learning Tracks

We have a path to success for every level in your nursing career.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations (RN-MSN): Registered nurses who hold a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree (other than BSN)

Program Admission Considerations (BSN-MSN): A bachelor's degree or higher

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts

Tuition and Fees


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.

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Receive up to a $3,000 Walden Care & Compassion Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on December 13, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Program Outcomes

Impact Patient Care at a Higher Level

You want to do more to enhance healthcare quality and patient outcomes. From practitioner faculty to dedicated support services, we have the resources to help you shape the career you want. Walden practicum 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 about the practicum.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning an MSN Pediatric Nurse Practitioner?

Given the increasing emphasis on preventive care, nurse practitioners are in demand. Jobs for nurse practitioners as a whole are expected to grow by 52% through 2030 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.2 With a pediatric nurse practitioner MSN degree, you’ll be educationally prepared to meet the need for providing healthcare services in pediatrics offices and other primary care settings.

An MSN with a pediatric nurse practitioner specialization can help you gain clinical autonomy and the reward of overseeing children’s and adolescents’ healthcare needs as they develop and grow. Position yourself for new career opportunities and become a catalyst for healthier communities.



An MSN PNP can 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.

MSN Career Outlook


Learn more about top industry sectors, most in-demand job skills and top job titles for MSN grads.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of this MSN program with a specialization in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care, you will:

  • 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 the 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.


Meet Your MSN PNP Primary Care Academic Team

  • Judi Kuric

    Judi Kuric

    Program 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.

  • Cynthia Trent

    Cindy Trent

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Trent is a pediatric nurse practitioner. She has been a nurse practitioner for over 25 years and has been teaching for over 15 years. She joined Walden in 2015 as a core faculty member in the MSN program. Currently she is a clinical supervisor for the MSN program. Her areas of expertise include pediatric primary care and pediatric asthma and allergies.

  • Jennifer Stone

    Jennifer Stone

    Academic 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.


FAQ About Walden’s Online MSN Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Primary Care


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