PNP Practice Characteristics & Certification


As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), you will provide comprehensive health care to children and adolescents working as an independent practitioner as part of a multidisciplinary team. PNPs work in a variety of health care settings including community clinics, schools, outpatient offices, and inpatient and outpatient hospital settings.

Our program prepares you for:

  • Independent and interdependent decision making
  • Development and implementation of health policy
  • Leadership in nursing and the community
  • Direct accountability for clinical decisions
  • Collaborative practice
  • Differential diagnosis and acute and chronic care management
  • Case management
  • Providing developmental and family centered approaches
  • Conducting and utilizing research for evidence-informed practice


As a graduate of our program you will have the educational preparation required to apply for the Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) certification exam. Certification is available through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). This certification is required to obtain Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) state licensure.