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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 PNP-AC post MSN certificate. The certificate program prepares experienced Pediatric Nurse Practitioners to serve as Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in Acute care. The PNP-AC 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 PNP-AC 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 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care (PNP-PC) program, students will learn how to diagnose and treat pediatric acute and chronic care conditions and gain the clinical competency and apply evidence-based practices. The 13 credit program will be divided into three courses, focused 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 Nurse Practitioner Acute Care Post-Master Certificate as a free-standing 13 credit, 3 course certificate program. Graduates of the JHSON MSN, PNP-PC 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. Graduates of this program will be eligible to apply for the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board’s pediatric acute care certification exam.

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Application Deadline

Fall Entry
June 15

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Admission Criteria

  • Admissions Application
  • MSN or doctoral nursing degree (from an accredited college or university)
  • Students must have licensure as a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner
  • 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
  • Personal interview may be requested
  • Three letters of recommendation (1 from supervisor required)
  • Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Goal statement
  • Additional Requirements for International Applicants


  • 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, Massachusetts and Oregon. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific  information for online programs.

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The Post-Master online Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute Care (PNP-AC) certificate program is a free-standing 13 credit, 3 course (minimum) 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
    • Pediatric Acute Care I- (5 credits) -3 credits didactic, 2 credits clinical
  • Semester 2
    • Pediatric Acute Care II- (4 credits)- 2 credits didactic, 2 credits clinical
  • Semester 3
    • Pediatric Acute Care III-(4 credits)- 1 credit didactic, 3 credits clinical


*Pediatric Acute Care Practicum (110.648) - some students, based on a gap analysis of previous experiences, may need additional coursework to meet the required clinical hours

Onsite Dates

  • Pediatric Acute Care Mandatory Onsite Simulation Dates
    • October 4-6, 2017
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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(September 2017 - May 2018)

Tuition: $21,0661
Matriculation fee: $500
Tuition Per Credit $1,5912
Health Insurance $3,890
Health Fee $158
Total Billed Expenses: $25,614

Estimated Other Expenses3

Room: $14,628
Board: $4,968
Books/Supplies: $800
Personal Expenses: $3,180
Loan Fees: $1,584
Travel Expenses: $2,970
Total Other Expenses: $28,130
Total Expenses: $53,744

1The total tuition is displayed for students taking credits during 2017-18 per the course sequence. Tuition through Spring 2018 is $1,591 per credit. For Summer 2018 tuition was projected with a 3% increase ($1,638 per credit).

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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