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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 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 Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate as a free-standing 13 credit, 3 course 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. 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

Spring Entry
November 1

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GE Disclosure

View the Gainful Employment Disclosure Statement for this online program.

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Admission Criteria

  • 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
  • Faculty Interview (if moved forward by the admissions committee)
  • Three letters of recommendation (1 from supervisor required)*
  • Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Goal statement
  • TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your first language

Information for applicants with international education

Admissions Application

*References should be recent, written for the purpose of your application to this program and from professors who know you as a student or employers who know you as a professional in a job setting preferably in a supervisory role. Personal references from colleagues, friends, or family members do not meet the requirement.


  • 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, Minnesota, 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 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- (4-5 credits)- 2 credits didactic, 2-3 credits clinical
  • Semester 3
    • Pediatric Acute Care III-(3-4 credits)- 1 credit didactic, 2-3 credits clinical

Students must take the higher course credit for one of these courses

*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 11-12, 2018
    • February 7-8, 2019

Course Schedules and Descriptions     Academic Catalog

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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(September 2018 - May 2019)

Tuition: $23,142
Matriculation fee: $500
Tuition Per Credit $1,6392
Health Insurance $4,091
Health Fee $184
Total Billed Expenses: $26,082

Estimated Other Expenses3

Room: $14,940
Board: $5,076
Books/Supplies: $1,224
Personal Expenses: $3,180
Loan Fees: $1,581
Travel Expenses: $4,848
Total Other Expenses: $30,849
Total Expenses: $56,931

1The total tuition is displayed for students taking credits during 2018-19 per the course sequence. Tuition through Spring 2018 is $1,639 per credit. For Summer 2019 tuition was projected with a 3% increase ($1,688 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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