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.
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.
Building upon the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate, 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.
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.
- 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
*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, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.
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.
Plan of Study
- Pediatric Acute Care I- (5 credits) -3 credits didactic, 2 credits clinical
- Pediatric Acute Care II- (4-5 credits)- 2 credits didactic, 2-3 credits clinical
- 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
Pediatric Acute Care Mandatory Onsite Simulation Dates
- October 11-12, 2018
Tuition & Other Costs
(September 2017 - May 2018)
|Tuition Per Credit||$1,5912|
|Total Billed Expenses:||$25,614|
Estimated Other Expenses3
|Total Other Expenses:||$28,130|
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.