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Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner concentration is designed to prepare the registered nurse with specialized knowledge and skills to provide primary care for children and adolescents. The  Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner is prepared to independently diagnose and treat newborns through late adolescence (0-21 years of age), provide comprehensive health assessment, developmentally appropriate health promotion activities, family counseling, and management of commonly encountered acute and chronic illness. Coursework and supervised clinical experiences assist students to develop expertise in pediatric primary care.Graduates are expected to contribute to the delivery of quality health care through their implementation of evidence-based care and their ability to foster independence in children and their parent’s management of health.

DNP degree concentrations include pathways to obtain initial Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification and for APRNs with or without current Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification.  Graduates are eligible to write the national certification examinations for Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioners. 

DNP Pediatric Primary Care Concentration Course Requirements

Post-BSN DNP Courses

Core Courses

Course ID Title Credits
HOPN 851 Leadership and Health Policy  3
HOPN 877 Healthcare Economics  3
NSG 819 Evaluation of Practice 3
NSG 824 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis 3
NSG 827 Epidemiology for Clinical Practice 3
NSG 855 DNP Advanced Practice Role Development 2
NSG 860 Methods for Evaluation of Practice 3
NSG 910 Philosophy of Science & Theory in Nursing 4
PATN 606 Advanced Clinical Pathophysiology 3
PHAN 830 Advanced Pharmacology 3
  Total 30

 

Concentration-Specific Courses

Course ID Title Credits
PNP 803 Common Childhood Illness and Conditions 4
PNP 804 Clinical – Common Childhood Illness and Conditions 4
PNP 805 Pediatric Chronic Conditions 4
PNP 806 Clinical - Pediatric Chronic Conditions 4
PNP 807 Child & Adolescent Mental Health Care in Advanced Pediatric Nursing 3
NAPS 874 Pediatric Primary Care Health Promotion 4
NSG 926 DNP Synthesis Practicum: PNP 6
  Total  29
  Post-BSN DNP Total Credits  59

 

Post-MSN DNP Courses

Core Courses

Course ID Title Credits
HOPN 851 Leadership and Health Policy 3
HOPN 877 Healthcare Economics 3
NSG 819 Evaluation of Practice 3
NSG 827 Epidemiology for Clinical Practice 3
NSG 860 Methods for Evaluation of Practice 3
NSG 910 Philosophy of Science & Theory in Nursing 4
  Total 19

 

Concentration-Specific Courses
(New PPCNP Certification)

Course ID Title Credits
PNP 803 Common Childhood Illness and Conditions 4
PNP 804 Clinical - Common Childhood Illness and Conditions 4
PNP 805 Pediatric Chronic Conditions 4
PNP 806 Clinical - Pediatric Chronic Conditions 4
PNP 807 Child & Adolescent Mental Health Care in Advanced Pediatric Nursing 3
NAPS 874 Pediatric Primary Care Health Promotion 4
NSG 926 DNP Synthesis Practicum: PNP 6
   Total 29
  Post-MSN DNP Total Credits:  48 

Concentration-Specific Courses
(Same Certification - Holds Current PPCNP Certification)

Course ID Title Credits
NAPS 871 Advanced Primary Care Pediatric Nursing 4
PNP 807 Child & Adolescent Mental Health Care in Advanced Pediatric Nursing 3
NSG 926 DNP Synthesis Practicum: PNP 6
  Total 13
  Post-MSN DNP Total Credits: 32

 

 

Technical and Performance Standards

All students in the DNP Pediatric Primary Care Concentration Program must meet the Technical and Performance Standards for admission and progression.

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Technical and Performance Standards: All DNP Concentrations

In addition the technical and performance standards expected of all students in educational programs in the College of Nursing, students in the DNP program are also expected to possess the mental, auditory, visual, sensory, strength, manual dexterity, and communication skills to:

  1. Perform a systematic and complete history and physical examination on a client.
  2. Communicate significant examination findings to other professionals and client/family.
  3. Appropriately assess and record subjective and objective findings.
  4. Maintain effective relationships and interact appropriately with other professionals and clients/families, demonstrating skills of leadership collaborations and decisiveness.
  5. Accurately analyze alterations in functional patterns.
  6. Demonstrate advanced use of the nursing process: assess, develop, implement, educate and counsel clients, prescribe appropriate therapy, demonstrate self-care skills and evaluate appropriate plans of action for diagnosed problems.
  7. Maintain flexibility and emotional stability in response to novel, unique situations and stress.

Additional Technical and Performance Standards Specific to Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration

  1. Anticipate potential common, acute self-limiting, and selected chronic problems.
  2. Develop insight into own emotional functioning to evaluate the ability to provide therapeutic intervention for a client.

If a student cannot fulfill these Technical and Performance Standards, with or without accommodations, at any time in the program, the student will be ineligible for admission or continued progression in the DNP Program. In addition to assuring that students can meet the intellectual, emotional, and physical criteria for the DNP Program, it is of utmost importance that students have the ability to provide for the safety and welfare of their patients and others. Reasonable accommodations will be provided, when appropriate, to help student meet these Technical and Professional Standards. Determination of eligibility and recommendations of accommodations must be made by Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion http://www.uthsc.edu/sassi/. Any student wishing accommodations must contact the university’s Office of Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion at 901-448-5056 (email: SASSI@uthsc.edu).

 

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner FAQs

What skills do PPCNPs have?
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (PPCNPs) perform all standard procedural skills unique to caring for children including (but not limited to) developmental and screening assessments, school physicals and school readiness, child and adolescent health promotion, and palliative care. PPCNPs also possess the skills necessary to make differential diagnoses, order and interpret diagnostic tests, prescribe medications and manage nutritional needs.
Where can I work after graduation?
The PPCNP is prepared to independently diagnose and treat newborns through late adolescence (0-21 years of age), provide comprehensive health assessment, developmentally appropriate health promotion activities, family counseling, and management of commonly encountered acute and chronic illness. Most PPCNPs work in primary care pediatric sites, such as pediatric offices and outpatient clinics. Individual state legislation determines the scope of practice; rules and regulations vary. Scope of practice is based on education and experience. The best place to explore individual scope of practice issues is the State Board of Nursing, not the physician or office manager in a practice. Contact information for individual state boards of nursing is at https://www.ncsbn.org/index.htm.
What salary can a PPCNP expect to earn?
Compensation rates vary regionally. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates nurse practitioners generally start around $72,000 with a maximum salary estimated near $150,000. The median salary is around $100,000.
What makes the PPCNP program at UTHSC different?
The UTHSC PPCNP program is fortunate to be in close proximity to multiple pediatric primary care sites including pediatric offices, outpatient clinics, and academic follow-up clinics. Along with a dynamic and challenging didactic program, students are required to complete a minimum of 600 direct primary care pediatric patient clinical hours. Overall, the UTHSC PPCNP program requires 1020 clinical hours to allow additional broad experiences encompassing multiple levels of care.
How long is the program?
The length of the program varies depending on whether the applicant is applying as a BSN DNP or MSN DNP student. Additionally, the length of the program may vary based on completion of previous graduate courses at another university and/or having previously completed an APRN program. Please see the links to the various program plans of study.
Can I go part time/full time?
Full-time and part-time plans of study are available. Students should consult with the concentration coordinator about how to proceed with his/her respective program needs.
Can I work while going to school?
The UTHSC PPCNP program is a rigorous, full-time program. The program requires a significant commitment for successful completion of didactic and clinical course experiences. For this reason, students are strongly discouraged to maintain full-time employment while enrolled in the program. Each student has his/her own individual responsibilities. If employment is essential, students are encouraged to explore flexible part-time employment and utilize saved vacation or other leave that can afford more time to commit to the program. 
How much will this program cost?
Tuition costs are determined by in-state or out-of-state status and may change during the program. Tuition and fee information is located on the UTHSC Financial Aid webpage (Cost of Attendance). Additionally, the Academic Common Market may be available for some out-of-state students. Information on this program is available through the Office of Financial Aid. Many employers also offer tuition reimbursement for full-time and part-time employees. Students should also consider the costs incurred for travel and hotel accommodations during the on-campus experiences. Students are encouraged to explore the many private scholarship funds available for graduate study in their communities as well as regional, state, and national financial aid. An internet search of graduate nursing scholarships can unmask various opportunities. Many diverse groups offer scholarship programs; some states and organizations have loan repayment programs for nursing education. There are also federal government grants for nursing students.
What books, equipment and supplies will I need?
Book purchases will vary by semester. Many books specific to the PPCNP program will be used in consecutive semesters. Textbooks are supplemented with electronic media, much of which is available in the library for the students at no cost. Students need adequate computer hardware and internet access. Basic health assessment equipment including an otoscope, ophthalmoscope and a high-quality stethoscope are required. Students generally do not have clinical their first semester and are encouraged to wait to purchase this equipment closer to their first clinical course. Requirements change as the quality of equipment continually advances. Lab coats are mandatory for clinical experiences, but the specifications periodically change.
Where/when do I complete my clinical experiences?
Clinical experiences are interspersed throughout the program and differ based on concentration and student background. Clinical hour requirements are identified in the plan of study. One credit of clinical experience equates to 60 clinical clock hours. To determine the number of clinical clock hours, multiply the clinical credits in the plan of study by 60. Clinical hours do not include on-campus experiences, conferences, travel or mealtime. Please remember that these are minimum hours.  Clinical proficiency may be individualized, which means minimum requirements can vary.
How do I find a clinical site?
Faculty are integrally involved in the selection of highly qualified preceptors and the placement process in order for students to have opportunities that will meet course outcomes. Students who live outside of the Memphis area will collaborate with the clinical course faculty to identify appropriate clinical sites. Relatives may not serve as preceptors for students. Clinical contracts are required for all clinical sites; development of a new clinical contract can be tedious, so it is important to start this process early in the program.
Do I have to come to campus?
Specific courses have required on-campus sessions to provide structured experiences. In the PPCNP program, students are required to be on-campus 4 times during the first semester for the advanced health assessment course and 2 times per semester for simulation and skills lab. On-campus sessions are identified 6 months in advance and are scheduled for 1-3 days. A published schedule is located on the CON academic calendar page.
How is a primarily online education different?
Online education is very popular as it offers the student greater flexibility with location of learning sites. This flexibility can be more accommodating to your style of learning and lifestyle. Some online educational experiences are synchronized for classes to occur at a designated time. Online education takes discipline and self-motivation; it is not for everyone. Online education requires participative learning with much less traditional lecture-style teaching. Graduate course work entails significant quantities of reading and discussions among learners with guidance from the faculty.  Good computer skills are essential. Strong grammar and writing skills are important.  While online learning can be somewhat isolated, there are opportunities both online and during the on-campus weeks to be acquainted with your colleagues and develop strong professional relationships.  Some students struggle with online learning and may find that it is not for them. The Faculty at UTHSC CON are highly skilled in online education and are leaders in using distance technology in teaching/learning.
How can I enhance my educational experience?

Students are encouraged to ""shadow"" a PPCNP. Learn as much as you can about the role by meeting APRNs, attending professional meetings, and/or reviewing the local and national websites. The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is the primary organization that represents PPCNPs. The NAPNAP website at www.napnap.org offers much information about PPCNP education and practice.

Find and visit your local NP group meetings. The Greater Memphis Area APN group web page is https://gmaapn.enpnetwork.com.

Obtain a diagnostic evaluation of your learning style. Numerous online engines offer this service at no cost. Simply enter "learning style assessment" into a search engine to locate these services.  Students admitted to the DNP Program have their learning style assessed prior to beginning classes.  We will also offer an intensive review of health assessment skills prior to class beginning.

Evaluate your family, community and work commitments and prioritize, prioritize, prioritize. The program requires a full commitment. All students will have to make adjustments in their personal and professional lives.

Last Published: Oct 12, 2018