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: 718 (90%)
    • Males: 76 (10%)
    • Minorities: 293 (37%)
    • Total BSN students: 443
    • Total MSN students: 269
    • Total DNP students: 52
    • Total PhD students: 30

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 
  • 37 faculty members are American Academy of Nursing Fellows
  • 8 faculty members are Amercian Association of Nurse Practitioner Fellows 
  • Students work in 500+ diverse clinical sites nationwide 
  • Located in Atlanta, a leading health care center in the US

Semester 1 (Fall) 

Course

Credits

Clinical Hours

NRSG 524

Becoming an APRN

2

 

NRSG 544

Advanced Health Assessment

3

 

NRSG 547

Staying Healthy: Promoting and Maintaining Wellness in the Pediatric Patient              

3

60

NRSG 528

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

 

NRSG 549

Pediatric Advanced Health Assessment

1

Semester Credit Hours

12

 

 

 

 

Semester 2 (Spring)

 

 

 

NRSG 545

Advanced Pediatric Practice I     

2

NRSG 522

Advanced Pharmacology

3

NRSG 505

Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

NRSG 661

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I

4

180

Semester Credit Hours

12

Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 546

Advanced Pediatric Practice II

2

NRSG 662

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II

4

180

NRSG 652

Mental Health Issues for Advanced Practice Nursing

2

NRSG 591

Health Care Quality and Patient Safety

3

Semester Credit Hours

11

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum

2

NRSG 589

Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery

2

NRSG 663

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III

5

240

NRSG 599

Business of Health Care: Finance 

2

Semester Credit Hours

11

Total Credit Hours

46

Total Clinical Hours

660


Semester 1 (Fall) 

Course

Credits

Clinical Hours

NRSG 524

Becoming an APRN

2

 

NRSG 544

Advanced Health Assessment

3

 

NRSG 528

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

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 652

Mental Health Issues for Advanced Practice Nursing

2

NRSG 591

Health Care Quality and Patient Safety

3

Elective

2

Semester Credit Hours

7

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 547

Staying Healthy: Promoting and Maintaining Wellness in the Pediatric Patient              

3

60

NRSG 589

Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery

2

NRSG 549

Pediatric Advanced Health Assessment

1

Semester Credit Hours

6

60

Semester 5 (Spring)

NRSG 545

Advanced Pediatric Practice I     

2

NRSG 661

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I

4

180

Semester Credit Hours

6

180

Semester 6 (Summer)

NRSG 546

Advanced Pediatric Practice II

2

NRSG 662

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II

4

180

Semester Credit Hours

6

180

Semester 7 (Fall)

NRSG 599

Business of Health Care: Finance 

2

NRSG 663

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III

5

240

NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum

2

Semester Credit Hours

9

240

Total Credit Hours

46

Total Clinical Hours

660

 

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.

MSN

Tuition (per credit hour)*$1850
Academic Fees (per semester) **$500
Health Insurance***$6328

* Tuition is based on 2017-2018 tuition rates approved by the Board of Trustees. Future academic year tuition rates are subject to change. Tuition is charged per hour up to 12 semester hours.

** Academic fees will vary based upon the semester. This is an average amount per semester.

*** Health insurance is required for all students. You will be billed automatically for the university’s student health insurance plan if you do not provide proof of adequate coverage by another insurer.

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance budget is considered sufficient to support a basic lifestyle for a single student. It does not include expenses for dependents, travel, vacations, or luxury items such as automobiles, household furniture, or appliances. The estimated cost of attendance for 2017-2018 for a full time (12+ semester hours) MSN student enrolled for fall, spring and summer semesters is $100,552. This is not the amount you will owe. The cost of attendance is not the amount you will pay for the year. The cost of attendance is the budget used to determine the financial aid amount offered each year and is more than a student's full time tuition and fees to provide assistance for living expenses if needed.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is accepting applications to its academic programs for Spring, Summer and Fall 2018. Admission decisions will be based upon candidate competitiveness as well as space availability. Applicants could potentially be placed on a waitlist. Decisions for waitlisted applicants are announced as seats become available, up to the first day of orientation. Application deadlines are below.
  • 10/15/2017*
  • 12/15/2017**
  • January 15, 2018
  • March 15, 2018
*Priority deadline to be considered for merit-based aid
** Final priority deadline for admission

For questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the School of Nursing's Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs at 404.727.7980.

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

Thank you for your interest in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Please complete this form to receive updates about Emory's admissions process and academic programs.

Imelda Reyes DNP, MPH, CPNP, FNP-BC

Assistant Clinical Professor | Office of Academic Advancement

404.712.9820

imelda.reyes@emory.edu