Advanced Practice Pediatric Nursing (APPN)

The Advanced Practice Pediatric Nursing Graduate Certificate Program (APPN-GCPAPN) offers an opportunity for nurses who have earned an Advanced Practice in Nursing degree (Master of Nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice) to develop knowledge and skills in order to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner OR a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist.   The APPN graduate certificate is designed to allow individuals to expand existing scope of practice, not to be the primary entry into advanced practice.  Individuals prepared at the graduate level in specialties such as Nursing Education, Informatics or Leadership should instead apply to our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. 

Prerequisites include prior coursework in*:

  • Health promotion and wellness
  • Leadership and advanced practice role
  • Lifespan physiology and pathophysiology
  • Advanced physical assessment
  • Advanced pharmacology

*Any missing prerequisites may be taken concurrently with the GCPAPN curriculum.

Individualized programs of study will be developed to supplement prior coursework and prepare students for board certification as a Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner OR Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist.  GCPAPN-APPN applicants will be admitted on a space-available basis.  The typical program of study is 4-5 quarters, though this will vary by individual.  Programs of study generally require 1 day per week of on-campus time as well as 1-3 days of clinical practicum. 

Upon completion of the APPN-GCPAPN, individuals will be eligible to apply for board certification as either:

Important Note

An Advanced Practice Nursing degree and/or practice as an Advanced Practice Nurse is a prerequisite for application.