Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner


The Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (ACPNP) specialty 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. The online format means working nurses do not need to give up employment or relocate to the Atlanta area to become an Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Emory University, but are required to attend on campus immersion sessions each clinical semester.

This program starts each year during the fall semester.


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Flexible Studies/Degree Options

The 47-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 780 hours of directly supervised clinical practice. Our students and graduates benefit from the many pediatric clinical sites provided by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and other healthcare systems throughout the state and southeast region.

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 pediatric 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 inpatient health care centers. Former students are employed as practitioners in pediatric care units, renal and cardiac transplantation units, PICUs, ERs, and other health care settings.


Admission Requirements

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 or a multi-state RN license
  • Minimum of full-time one year of acute care pediatric nursing experience.

Admission Requirements:

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • 2-3 References (preference for at least one to be a nursing supervisor)
  • Students with international nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools ( for previous nursing coursework.
  • Students with international transcripts for non-nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from World Education Services ( for previous non-nursing coursework.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duo-lingo scores are required if English is a second language. Read Emory University's accepted tests policy here.

Students who need an F1 visa are not eligible for admission due to the amount of content delivered online. The Department of Homeland Security does not allow our DNP or MSN programs to issue F1 visas.

Transcript submission:

* Preferred method: Choose Emory University - School of Nursing in the electronic transcript systems or have your school email your official transcripts to

If your school does not participate in the electronic transcript system or cannot email your transcripts then please have them mail a hard copy to:

Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University
1520 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322

*Please note that all courses and degrees in the application checklist must be verified by the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs before they are marked as received. 

Program Specific Requirements

Successful students have a strong clinical foundation for the Emory PNP Acute Care Program and all applicants must have at least full-time one year of acute care pediatric nursing experience. Must come to campus for required sessions.


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 can be found here.

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.

State Eligibility and State Licensure Requirements

Not every state will allow a student to enroll in a distance education program or to participate in a clinical placement within the state. The states found on the link below are eligible states for distance-based education and clinical placement. For applicants not seeing their state on this list, please contact the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs.

Applicants to any of our distance-accessible courses/ programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification should become familiar with the regulations governing distance accessible programs in their state. Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization. Emory is working toward developing a database to provide this information. Prospective students residing in states other than Georgia should be aware of their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education rules and regulations.

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