Pediatric Nurse Practitioner–Primary Care (PNP-PC) Certificate

APU’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) or Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist program allows MSN students to concentrate on one of these two clinical areas of content and practice.

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner–Primary Care (PNP-PC) Certificate program is a nondegree course credit option for nurses with a master’s degree in nursing.1 This program prepares students with primary healthcare skills through didactic education and clinical supervision. Nurses who complete this program are eligible to apply to the California Board of Registered Nursing for certification as a nurse practitioner, and may apply for national PNP-PC certification through examination. Note: Students must be admitted to the university before registering for this program (see Admission section below).

Requirements 

Advanced Practice Core Courses12
GNRS 511Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment and Health Promotion 14 (3/1)
or GNRS 512 Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion
GNRS 513Advanced Nursing Practice Role 22
GNRS 515Advanced Pathophysiology3
GNRS 594Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Nursing3
Advanced Practice Specialty Courses21
GNRS 510Family Theory in Health Care2
GNRS 532Advanced Nursing Practice in Pediatrics6 (3/3)
GNRS 542Advanced Concepts and Competencies in Pediatric Primary Health Care3 (1/2)
GNRS 590APrimary Health Care of the Young Family6 (3/3)
GNRS 590BClinical Practicum in Pediatrics4 (0/4)
Specialization Option Course
The following course is optional:
GNRS 543Transitions Across the Care Continuum4 (2/2)
Total Units33-37

Admission

University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.