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Do you have a passion for 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 pediatric nurse practitioner MSN program, you’ll learn from practicing NPs as you gain the advanced training to treat patients from birth to age 21. Prepare to assume a greater level of responsibility and deliver direct care with compassion and insight.

An online MSN PNP program educationally prepares RNs to become advanced-practice nurses who can assess, diagnose, and treat children and adolescents in a range of primary care settings.

Why Choose Walden?


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

Prepare for NP Certification

This online MSN PNP nursing program academically prepares you to sit for the national Pediatric Nursing Certification Board exam.

Join Walden Grand Rounds

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


From student success advising and practicum coordination to our online community of nurses, you’ll find help at every step.

Practicum Advantage

Benefit from dedicated teams and support services to help you with successful nursing practicum placement and completion.

Learn From Experienced NPs

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

We are here to help you find your nursing practicum.

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Program Details

Learning Tracks

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

Personalized Practicum Support

Walden Practicum PledgePracticums are vital to your learning experience. That’s why we offer Practicum Advantage—an ensemble of resources, self-help tools, and staff who understand the challenges of completing the nursing practicum. This includes the Walden Practicum Pledge, available for MSN-NP and DNP-NP specializations. Once you register, a dedicated Field Placement Team partners with you to secure a site and preceptor. If you can’t identify your site and preceptor (along with additional requirements*), we’ll help find you a match.

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

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.

Tuition and Fees

Paying for Your Education

Our Enrollment Specialists can help you outline a plan and find resources for funding your education.

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Program Outcomes

Build Advanced Clinical Practice Skills

Featuring relatable, multifaceted instruction, our online MSN PNP program is designed to connect directly with your experiences as a nurse. Explore critical topics ranging from growth and development screening and family-centered care to youth mental health. Real-world, practical learning exercises prepare you to provide high-quality, evidence-based care across all pediatric populations.

Walden practicum coordinators are available to assist you in meeting your practicum requirements. 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?

As the country shifts its focus to preventive care, NPs 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 an MSN pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) degree, you’ll be educationally prepared to meet the need for providing healthcare services in pediatrics offices and other primary care settings.

A pediatric nurse practitioner MSN program can empower you to gain clinical autonomy and the reward of overseeing patients of your own. Reach your potential as a nursing changemaker—and help ensure young people get the healthcare they need to reach theirs.

An online pediatric nurse practitioner MSN program 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

    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.

  • Melanie Wilhelm

    Core Faculty

    Dr. Wilhelm is a pediatric nurse practitioner. In 2017, she was named an “Exceptional Professional” by Hampton Roads Physician magazine. Dr. Wilhelm founded Raising Today’s Child, LLC to help families raise healthy, happy children. Her book, Raising Today’s Baby, was released in 2018.


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