Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care
**This specialty is admitting students for fall 2013 ONLY **
The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialty in acute care 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 children and their families is also emphasized.
Flexible Studies/Degree Options: The forty-nine 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 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 the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Unique Highlights: The Emory University School of Nursing PNP program is ranked among the top eleven PNP programs in the nation. The program is individually tailored to meet each student’s unique needs, be it clinical placements or clinical preceptors who meet the student’s particular educational needs. Students are provided with a broad range of clinical experiences by rotating through a wide variety of specialty 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 in various other types of healthcare settings.
Effective for students entering fall 2012 - Enrollment in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute Care program will require one year of professional nursing experience as an RN in a pediatric or pediatric acute care setting.
Full-Time Program of Study, 49 credit hours
Semester 1, Fall, 12 credit hours
NRSG507 Theory and Research Applications (3 hours)
NRSG528 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology (3 hours)
NRSG536 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner I: Advanced Health Assessment and Primary Care of Children (5 hours)
NRSG620 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care I: Developmental Approaches (1 hour)
Semester 2, Spring, 13 credit hours
NRSG522 Advanced Pharmacology (3 hours)
NRSG559 Genetics and Embryology for Advanced Clinical Practice (3 hours)
NRSG621 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care II: Management of Children with Acute and Critical Care Problems I (7 hours)
Semester 3, Summer, 12 credit hours
NRSG503 Advanced Practice Nursing: Ethical, Legal, and Leadership Issues (3 hours)
NRSG659 Cultural Competence for Advanced Practice Nurses (2 hours)
NRSG622 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care III: Management of Children with Acute and Critical Care Problems II (7 hours)
Semester 4, Fall, 12 credit hours
NRSG501 Health Policy and Finance for Advanced Practice (3 hours)
NRSG513 Spanish for Health Care Professionals (2 hours)
NRSG623 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care IV: Residency (5 hours)
NRSG624 Pharmacotherapeutics in Pediatric Acute and Critical Care (2 hours)