Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care


Our graduate certificate for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care prepares you to focus on caring for children from infancy through young adulthood.  PNP-PC care focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, and diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic health conditions.

This graduate certificate is for individuals who are looking to expand their existing scope of practice as an APRN and are currently a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, or nurse anesthetist.

  • To apply: select the Advanced Practice Pediatric Nursing graduate certificate option
  • Indicate Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care in your admissions essay

Students who are interested in pediatric study but are not yet advanced practice nurses, including nurse educators, nurse informaticists and nurse leaders, should apply through one of our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) tracks:


The information provided below describes the regular, in-person program offering. Due to the COVID pandemic, however, we are following the State of Washington and campus-wide guidance for in-person attendance, and are offering most courses except laboratory courses (e.g., Advanced Health Assessment) in a distance learning format.

In this graduate certificate program, you will complete twelve to fifteen months of study. Program development and fieldwork placements are individualized and developed by collaboration between the student and a faculty adviser based on formal gap analysis and evaluation of prior education and experience.

Clinical practice experiences are offered in urban and rural locations. Many of the core PNP-PC classes require in-person classroom attendance on a weekly basis plus additional clinical practicum hours.

This is not an online/distance program. Please note that admission to this graduate certificate program is on a space-available basis.

National Certifications

After completion of the graduate certificate, you are eligible to apply for certification as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner or a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).


The post-graduate APRN certificate program at the University of Washington is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (