Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Student Clinical Training

Train for Pediatric Acute Care

The pediatric nurse practitioner specialty in acute care (PAC) prepares nurses for advanced nursing practice roles in caring for acutely, critically, and chronically ill children in a variety of health care settings. Graduates will provide direct patient care management such as performing in-depth physical assessments, ordering and interpreting results of laboratory and diagnostic tests, and ordering medications and performing therapeutic treatments. Management of health and developmental needs of infants, children, adolescents, and their families is also emphasized.

Flexible Studies/Degree Options
The 49-hour graduate program can be completed in four semesters of full-time study or may be pursued part time. The MSN-MPH dual degree program option is also available to students.

Clinical Experience
Graduates are required to complete 785 hours of directly supervised clinical practice. Clinical sites include, but are not limited to, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital and Egleston Children’s Hospital, Hughes Spaulding Children’s Hospital Sickle Cell Clinic at Scottish Rite Hospital, and various other pediatric and neonatal clinics in Macon and the metropolitan-Atlanta area.

Unique Highlights
The program is individually tailored to meet each student’s unique needs, whether through clinical placements or clinical preceptors who meet each student’s particular educational needs. Students are provided with a broad range of clinical experiences by rotating through a wide variety of specialty well-child and acute and critical care clinical sites.

Career Opportunities
The program prepares students to take the acute care nurse practitioner certification exam administered by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). Graduates provide comprehensive, holistic, family-centered, and developmentally based care to children and their families in rural, underserved, and metropolitan ambulatory primary and inpatient health care centers. Former students are employed as coordinators in ambulatory pediatric care units, renal and cardiac transplantation units, PICUs, ERs, and other health care settings.

Student Enrollment

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has a long-standing history of educating women and men to be leaders on the forefront of the health care community. 

  • Total students: 665
    • Females: 602 (91%)
    • Males: 63 (9%)
    • Minorities: 298 (45%)
    • Total BSN students: 374
    • Total MSN students: 236
    • Total DNP students: 21
    • Total PhD students: 34

Post Graduation Placement Information

2015-2016 BSN Student Cohort

  • Of the respondents to the post graduation survey, 73 percent were employed immediately after graduation, and 88 percent were employed within three months of graduation.
  • Of the student respondents immediately employed, the average starting salary was $53,000.

2015-2016 MSN Student Cohort

  • Of the respondents to the post graduation survey, 52 percent were employed immediately after graduation, and 87 percent were employed within three months of graduation.
  • Of the student respondents immediately employed, the average starting salary was $96,000.

Academic Distinctions

  • Ranked No. 4 in the nation for graduate nursing education by US News & World Report 
  • Leader in service learning and global health 
  • Internationally recognized faculty researchers 
  • 24 faculty members are American Academy of Nursing Fellows 
  • Students work in 500+ diverse clinical sites nationwide 
  • Located in Atlanta, a leading health care center in the US

Full-Time Program of Study, 48 Credit Hours

  Credits

Semester 1 (Fall) 

NRSG 524Becoming an APRN2
NRSG 544Advanced Health Assessment3
NRSG 547Staying Healthy: Promoting and Maintaining Health in the Pediatric Patient3
NRSG 528Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology3
NRSG XXXElective1
 

Semester Credit Hours

12

Semester 2 (Spring)

NRSG 545Advanced Pediatric Practice I2
NRSG 522Advanced Pharmacology3
NRSG 505Research and Evidence-Based Practice3
NRSG 661Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I4
 

Semester Credit Hours

12

Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 546Advanced Pediatric Practice II2
NRSG 662Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II4
NRSG 652Mental Health Issues for Advanced Practice Nursing2
NRSG 591Health Care Quality and Patient Safety3
NRSG XXXElective (NRSG 624 Pharmacotherapeutics in Pediatric Acute and Critical Care)1
 

Semester Credit Hours

12

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 657Palliative Care Across the Spectrum2
NRSG 589Leadership for Health Professions2
NRSG 663Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III5
NRSG 599Business of Healthcare: Finance2
NRSG XXXElective (NRSG 614 Human Lactation and Breastfeeding Management)1
 

Semester Credit Hours

12
 

Total Credit Hours

48

Part-Time Program of Study, 48 Credit Hours

Credit Hours

Semester 1 (Fall)

NRSG 524 Becoming an APRN

2

NRSG 528 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

NRSG 544 Advanced Health Assessment

3

 Semester Credit Hours

8

 Semester 2 (Spring)

NRSG 522 Advanced Pharmacology

3

NRSG 505 Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

Semester Credit Hours

6

 Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 591 Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

3

NRSG 652 Mental Health Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing

2

Elective

2

Semester Credit Hours

7

 Semester 4 (Fall)

Elective

1

NRSG 547 Promoting and Maintaining Optimal Wellness in the Pediatric Patient

3

NRSG 589 Leadership for Health Professions

2

Semester Credit Hours

6

Semester 5 (Spring)

NRSG 545 Advanced Pediatric Practice I

2

NRSG 661 Pediatric Acute Care NP I

4

Semester Credit Hours

6

Semester 6 (Summer)

NRSG 546 Advanced Pediatric Practice II

2

NRSG 662 Pediatric  Acute Care NP II

4

Semester Credit Hours

6

Semester 7 (Fall)

NRSG 599 Business and Finance

2

NRSG 663 Pediatric Acute Care NP III

5

NRSG 657 Palliative Care across the Spectrum

2

Semester Credit Hours

9

Total Credit Hours

48

To be considered for admission to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, you must submit the following items:

Requirements for MSN admission include

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited nursing program (CCNE, NLNAC)
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state of Georgia
  • GRE Test Scores

 Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org) for previous nursing coursework
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org) for previous non-nursing coursework
  • Official GRE score report
    • The GRE must be retaken if scores are older than 5 years
    • TOEFL scores are required if English is a second language
  • Resume

The average GPA for admitted students is 3.5. Students are encouraged to submit GRE test scores that fall within the 50th-99th percentile of all test takers

The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants meeting at least ONE of the following criteria**: 

  • GPA greater than or equal to a 3.5 from an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
  • Previous master’s degree (or higher) completed from an accredited college or university+

**It is at the discretion of the Admission Committee to request test scores despite meeting GRE waiver.

Program Specific Requirements

Successful students have a strong clinical foundation for the Emory PNP Acute Care Program and all applicants must have at least one year of acute care pediatric nursing experience.

Please visit the Graduate Program Financial Aid Page for information about financial aid options.

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