DNP—Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

baby-stethoscopeStudents interested in pursuing study dedicated to improving children’s health should consider applying to the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) track within our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. PNPs have advanced education in pediatric nursing and health care and they serve children and families in an extensive range of practice settings.

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.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners:

  • 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

Sites of practice

Graduates from our PNP track practice independently and within larger health care teams. They work in a variety of settings and with diverse populations, including:

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


All Doctor of Nursing Practice tracks are offered as full-time study only.

PNP students are prepared to:

  • Make independent and interdependent decisions
  • Develop and implement health policy
  • Provide leadership in nursing and the community
  • Direct accountability for clinical decisions
  • Work in a collaborative practice
  • Perform differential diagnosis and acute and chronic care management
  • Conduct case management
  • Provide developmental and family centered approaches

Year one

Year one of the DNP program is offered in a hybrid format (50 percent in-person, 50-percent distance learning), and requires that you be on campus one day per week. You will complete core DNP academic classwork with peers across all DNP tracks in the School of Nursing. Content of year one courses includes:

  • leadership
  • appraisal and application of evidence to advance practice
  • health equity
  • health systems and policy
  • wellness and health promotion, and
  • quality improvement

Year two

Some DNP courses include distance learning methods, but many courses are in-person and require weekly attendance (generally one to two days per week). Your second year includes track-focused classes, seminars, and clinical experiences.

Year three

As in year two, many courses require in-person attendance with some courses including distance learning methods. In the final year of your program, you will continue clinical training.

In addition, you will work with your supervisory committee to complete a DNP project in collaboration with a local clinical agency or organization as part of your capstone experience. This project is presented in the form of a final examination.

Role of the DNP

Our DNP program prepares you not only for an advanced practice role but also teaches you how to look at cutting-edge research and apply that evidence to your practice.

The DNP program’s additional academic and clinical hours beyond a master’s-level degree gives you a solid foundation to become a leader in the nursing profession.  You will work with faculty who are nationally recognized for their research, and also with agencies around the Puget Sound region to gain hundreds of hours of hands-on clinical experience.

By combining advanced practice nursing skills and knowledge of how to evaluate evidence-based research, you are empowered to become a more efficient and effective practitioner.

National certifications

Successful PNP graduates are eligible to sit for the Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).


The University of Washington Doctor of Nursing Practice program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2024.