The University of Virginia prepares Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs) either within the MSN program or as a post-master's certificate. The PNP is an advanced practice role that provides direct patient care in a primary care setting.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioners are at the forefront of keeping our nation’s children emotionally and physically healthy. The responsibilities of a pediatric nurse practitioner include well-child care, sick/episodic examinations, health teaching and counseling to children and families, telephone management, home visits, conducting research, providing education, and impacting public policy. Students are prepared to practice in these roles autonomously, in collaboration with a physician, or as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
The curriculum builds on both the theoretical knowledge and clinical experience of the bachelor's and master's prepared nurse.
Certificate students begin study in the fall semester and complete the program in as little as 21 months.
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