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Post-Master’s Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner CERTIFICATE

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The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is sunsetting the Post Master’s Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate and is no longer accepting applications.


Caring for Our Children

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.

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 12.5 credit program focuses on comprehensive diagnosis, evaluation, management and follow-up of acute and chronic health problems. 

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

Program Details
  • 3 semesters
  • Online
  • Certificate

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Tuition Cost: $1,881 per credit See Cost of Attendance Details
Financial Aid: There are numerous options for financing your education including grants, scholarships, federal loans, and employment programs. Learn more.

Upcoming Application Deadlines

Fall entry: Jan 15


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The Post-Master’s online Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate is a free-standing 12.5 credit, 520 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

For Current Students Admitted Fall 2023 and prior, please reference your Plan of Study.

  • Advanced Pediatric Acute Care Topics and Procedures (PNP AC I) (3)

  • Pediatric Primary/Acute Care Practicum (2.5, 200cl)

  • Advanced Pediatric Acute Care Topics (PNP AC II) (3)

  • Pediatric Primary/Acute Care Practicum (2.5, 200cl)

  • Pediatric Primary/Acute Care Practicum (1.5, 120cl)

* Curriculum, credit hours, and sequencing are subject to change.
**A gap analysis will be completed for all students.

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Financial aid

View the costs for the Post-Master’s Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate.

Scholarships & Grants: Grants are awards based on financial need that do not have to be repaid. Many students also benefit from scholarships and awards based on merit. Learn more.

Loans: Many students will avail themselves of loans to help finance their School of Nursing education. If necessary, we encourage you to borrow only what is absolutely essential to cover your educational costs. Learn more.

Employment: Many students locate part-time employment to help pay education expenses. Numerous positions are available on campus and within various community based organizations. These jobs provide students with opportunities to gain practical work experience. Most positions are funded through the Federal Work-Study Program. Learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.

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

Clinical practicum experiences are determined by the student’s advanced practice focus area, student interest, site and preceptor availability, and the student’s programmatic needs. The student will work collaboratively with the specialty Track Coordinator and the Clinical Placement Team to request sites and preceptors, with final approval by the Track Coordinator. There will be an orientation to an electronic software system where the student will take responsibility to complete requests and upload appropriate documentation. Students will be working with the Clinical Placement Team from the time they enter the program until they graduate. The Clinical Placement Team will be a part of advising sessions, orientation and immersions. The student is encouraged to work collaboratively and proactively with the team on an all-hands approach for optimal preceptor opportunities. Unauthorized states for clinicals include LA, NY and OR.

Admitted students who decide to enroll will be required to sign the “Student Expectations in the Clinical Placements Process” document prior to their first term in the program.

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