Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)

What is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner?

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs) are health care providers who are dedicated to improving children's health. PNPs have advanced education in pediatric nursing and health care and they serve children and families in an extensive range of practice settings. PNPs have been enhancing the health care of children for over forty years.

What do PNPs do?

PNPs serve as pediatric health care providers for well and ill children of all ages. Many parents choose a PNP as their child's health care provider knowing they will receive individualized quality health care. PNPs offer a variety of services including:

  • Provide health maintenance care for children, including well child examinations
  • Perform routine developmental screenings
  • Diagnose and treat common childhood illnesses (acute and chronic)
  • Provide anticipatory guidance regarding common child health concerns
  • Provide childhood immunizations
  • Perform school physicals

Our graduates work in:

  • Primary care pediatric practices
  • Public health settings
  • School-based clinics
  • Subspecialty practices
  • Underserved areas
  • US Armed Forces
  • International health settings

Why study PNP at the UW?

  • The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) track within the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares Primary Care PNPs to provide advanced practice nursing care to patients from birth to young adulthood.  Completion of this track prepares graduates to take a primary care PNP national certification exam (ANCC or PNCB) and apply for state licensure.
  • This is the only PNP program offered in the Washington/Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho (WWAMI) region
  • UW School of Nursing's PNP graduate track is highly ranked in the nation by U.S. News and World Report
  • We have been training PNPs since 1977
  • Outstanding board certification exam first-time pass rate
  • We are partnered with numerous community sites across the greater Seattle area including primary care community-based practices, subspecialty sites, public health, and school-based clinics.
    • The PNP track clinical placement coordinator arranges all clinical rotations for students
  • We are part of a large public university with access to interprofessional learning opportunities with medicine, dentistry, public health, pharmacy, social work and more
  • Our emphasis is evidence-based practice and leadership, with access to top nursing researchers and clinicians.
  • 3-year curriculum is offered as a hybrid model
    • Year One of courses require 1 day on campus every other week
    • Years two and three typically require 1 day on campus per week
    • NOTE: Clinical rotations are in addition to on campus time