MSN and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner–Primary Care (PNP-PC) and School Nurse Services Credential (SNSC)

APU’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Certificate program prepares registered nurses with master’s degrees in nursing to be skilled and compassionate nurse practitioners with infants and children in primary healthcare settings.

This combined specialty program prepares nurses to be effective practitioners of school health and provide primary care for children in a variety of other settings. Through the program, students develop theoretical and practical expertise in nursing and education applied to basic health services in the public schools (K-12). This enables them to establish, maintain, and coordinate a comprehensive school health program. The advanced practice pediatric nurse practitioner-primary care specialty includes direct client assessment, diagnosis, management and treatment, client advocacy, and client/family education. Graduates are eligible to apply to California for the School Nurse Services Credential. They are also eligible to apply to the California Board of Registered Nursing for certification as a nurse practitioner, and may apply for national PNP certification through examination.

Students must also take a California-approved audiometry course to meet SNSC requirements.


Academic Core Courses10
GNRS 504Bioethics and Healthcare Policy3
GNRS 506Spiritual Concept Analysis in Health Care3
GNRS 508AResearch and Theory in Advanced Practice Nursing4
Advanced Practice Core Courses14
GNRS 510Family Theory in Health Care2
GNRS 511Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment and Health Promotion 14 (3/1)
or GNRS 612 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
GNRS 513Advanced Nursing Practice Role2
GNRS 610Advanced Pathophysiology3
GNRS 611Advanced Pharmacology3
Advanced Practice Specialty Courses28
EDUC 537Curriculum Development, Revision, and Evaluation Process3
GNRS 532Advanced Nursing Practice in Pediatrics6 (3/3)
GNRS 542Advanced Concepts and Competencies in Pediatric Primary Health Care3 (1/2)
GNRS 550ATheory and Practice in School Nursing6 (3/3)
GNRS 590APrimary Health Care of the Young Family6 (3/3)
GNRS 590BClinical Practicum in Pediatrics4 (0/4)
Concluding Courses1-3
Select from the following:
GNRS 597Comprehensive Examination Directed Study1
- or -
GNRS 598
GNRS 514
and Research Proposal Writing
Total Units for the MSN: PNP and SNSC 253-55

Numbers in parentheses are classroom/clinical units.


Students must also take a California-approved audiometry course to meet SNSC requirements.


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.