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Post-Master Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Post-Master's Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Certificate Program

Improve the health of individuals and diverse communities locally and globally through the Post-Master's Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate. This certificate prepares experienced Pediatric Nurse Practitioners to serve as Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in Acute Care. The Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate will include collaborations between the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, School of Medicine and partners within and external to the Johns Hopkins Health System.

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Continuing your education just got easier. The Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate program offers a hands-on clinical experience and online classes, giving students the convenience of online while continuing hands-on clinical instruction, putting evidence-based practice to work.

Curriculum Design

Building upon the competencies of the primary care pediatric nurse practitioner, the pediatric acute care nurse practitioner certificate students will  learn how to diagnose and treat pediatric acute and chronic care conditions, gain the clinical competency, and apply evidence-based practices. The 17 credit program focuses on comprehensive diagnosis, evaluation, management and follow-up of acute and chronic health problems. 

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The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing offers the online Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate as a free-standing 17 credit certificate program. Graduates of the JHSON MSN or DNP Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track or other nationally accredited PNP-PC programs who wish to expand their expertise to the acute care of children will experience a vigorous academic program. Students will benefit from rich and varied clinical opportunities to provide acute care to children across a variety of care settings and throughout the continuum of care. With access to Hopkins faculty and learning resources, graduates will develop and apply advanced skills in the assessment, diagnosis, and management of health problems encountered in acutely ill children.

Get Certified

Graduates of this program will be eligible to apply for the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board’s pediatric acute care certification exam.

Additional Information

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Priority Application Deadlines

Fall Entry
January 15
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Admission Criteria

  • MSN or doctoral nursing degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution
  • Students must have licensure as a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner from an authorized state
  • Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university
  • One year of pediatric nurse practitioner experience preferred
  • Interview with faculty (if moved forward by admissions committee)
  • Three letters of recommendation (both academic and professional references; check FAQs for detailed guidance on completing this requirement)
  • Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • Current Resume /CV (check FAQs for detailed guidance on completing this requirement)
  • Goal statement
  • TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your native language

Information for applicants with international education

Admissions Application


  • Advanced Physical Health Assessment*
  • Advanced Pharmacology*
  • Advanced Pathophysiology*
  • *Must be listed as separate courses on the transcripts.

Prior to beginning classes, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) must be completed and updated throughout program.

State-Specific Information for Online Programs

Students currently cannot conduct clinical activities in Louisiana, New York and Oregon. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific  information for online programs.

Student Sponsorship

This program does not qualify for F-1 or J-1 student sponsorship. Legal Permanent Residents and non-immigrants who are otherwise physically present in the U.S. and in a status that allows for full or part-time study, may pursue this program.

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The Post-Master's online Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate is a free-standing 17 credit, 560 clinical hours program built upon core competencies already obtained in the student’s national accredited Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care (PNP-PC) program and will be in alignment with the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Competencies addressed by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and the Consensus Model for APRN regulation (2013).

Plan of Study

  • Semester 1
    • Advanced Pediatric Acute Care Topics and Procedures - (3 credits) -3 credits didactic
    • Pediatric Primary/Acute Care Practicum (4 credits, 224 clinical hrs) This course is repeatable. 
  • Semester 2
    • Advanced Pediatric Acute Care Topics - (3 credits) -3 credits didactic
    • Pediatric Primary/Acute Care Practicum (4 credits, 224 clinical hrs)
  • Semester 3
    • Advanced Pediatric Acute care Topics and Roles -(1 credit)- 1 credit didactic
    • Pediatric Primary/Acute Care Practicum (2 credits, 112 clinical hrs)

A gap analysis will be completed for all students.

Course Immersion

The Pediatric Acute Care Certificate program consists of (1) mandatory Onsite Course Immersion in the Fall Semester.
2022 Immersion Date:
October 20-21, 2022 @ 8am-5pm Location: School of Nursing
Advanced Pediatric Acute Care Topics and Procedures (NR.110.645)—Post Masters Pediatric Acute Care Students Admitted Fall 2022

Course Schedules and Descriptions     Academic Catalog

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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(September 2022 - May 2023)

Tuition: $26,594
Matriculation fee: $500
Tuition Per Credit $1,8262
Health Insurance $4,500
Health Fee $849
Total Billed Expenses: $32,443

Estimated Other Expenses3

Room: $15,696
Board: $6,804
Books/Supplies: $1,500
Personal Expenses: $3,072
Loan Fees: $1,809
Travel Expenses: $5,472
Total Other Expenses: $34,428
Total Expenses: $66,871

1The total tuition is displayed for students taking credits during 2021-22 per the course sequence. For Summer 2023 tuition is projected to increase.

2All students must have Health Insurance. Purchase of the University's coverage is optional. 

3Estimated other expense allocations may not be available for students enrolled less than half-time.   

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should I ask to complete my letters of recommendation?
    • At least one letter should come from a recent or current direct supervisor/manager (the person who is responsible for your performance evaluation)
    • At least one letter should come from an academic faculty member who can speak to your ability to successfully complete a demanding graduate level academic and clinical program.
    • The third letter can come from a second academic faculty member or an individual in a leadership position who can speak to your clinical abilities.
    • Personal references from colleagues, friends, or family members do not meet the requirement.
    • If you are unable to provide one of the reference letters above, please upload a statement of explanation to your application.

  • What information should I include in my resume/CV?
    Please include the following information in your resume or CV:
    • Work experience (include dates, sites and locations; paid and unpaid; any residency participation)
    • Education Background
    • Scholarly activities (research, presentations, publications, honors, awards)
    • Professional activities (leadership, certifications, professional organization membership, service on committees)
    • Community Service/Volunteerism
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