Pediatric Nurse Practitioner–Primary Care (PNP-PC)

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 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner–Primary Care (PNP-PC) specialty prepares students to be nurse practitioners with children and families in primary health care settings. This advanced practice specialty includes direct client assessment, diagnosis, management and treatment, client advocacy, and client/family education. Graduates are eligible to apply to the state of California Board of Registered Nursing for certification as a nurse practitioner, and may apply for national PNP-PC certification through examination.


Academic Core Courses10
GNRS 504Bioethics and Healthcare Policy3
GNRS 506Spiritual Concept Analysis in Health Care3
GNRS 508AResearch and Theory in Advanced Practice Nursing4
Academic and Advanced Practice Core Courses14
GNRS 510Family Theory in Health Care2
GNRS 511Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment and Health Promotion 14 (3/1)
or GNRS 512 Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion
GNRS 513Advanced Nursing Practice Role2
GNRS 515Advanced Pathophysiology3
GNRS 594Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Nursing3
Advanced Practice Specialty Courses19
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 (No Requirement)
The following course is optional:
GNRS 543Transitions Across the Care Continuum4 (2/2)
Concluding Course(s)1-3
GNRS 597Comprehensive Examination Directed Study1
GNRS 598
GNRS 514
and Research Proposal Writing
Total Units44-50

Units in parentheses are classroom/clinical units.


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.