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The pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) role provides family-centered and culturally respectful care for pediatric patients birth to 21 years of age. Advanced practice nurses (APRNs) provide high-quality health care services in a wide-range of problems from acute, chronic, complex and wellness care to health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling. The core courses provide a solid foundation in the use of evidence-based practice guidelines and theory as a basis for the diagnosis and treatment of illness and the promotion of wellness. Clinical experiences are conducted with preceptors in community, inpatient, and outpatient settings.
The master’s in acute care pediatric nurse practitioner (ACPNP) focuses on restorative care that is characterized by rapidly changing clinical conditions. The ACPNP provides care for patients with unstable chronic, complex acute and critical conditions most times in an acute care facility.
Official nameMaster of science in nursing with an emphasis in acute care pediatric nurse practitioner
CampusUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City
Program typeMaster's degree
Academic homeSchool of Nursing and Health Studies
Delivery modeBlended, some campus visits required
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.
Graduates take the national certification exam for their specialty and may practice as a nurse practitioner throughout the United States, following individual state guidelines.
Delivery of this program is blended: You will complete course work online, with one residency per clinical course. Courses are semester-based. Full-time students may take three courses per semester and finish in two years. Part-time students may take one or two courses per semester and finish in three years.
Course work includes
- Pediatric acute care
- Primary care of children foundation
DeliveryBlended, some campus visits required
Typical program length2 or 3 years
Typical course load1 or 2 classes each semester
Dr. Cheri Barber teaches in both the Graduate and DNP programs while serving as the Coordinator for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner programs at UMKC. Dr. Barber has served on many national boards as the prior President for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and for the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (AFPNP). Dr. Barber's areas of interest are in adolescent behavior and eating disorders. She continues to practice part-time in a pediatric primary care clinic.
Ms. Al-Hassan joined the School of Nursing and Health Studies team in March 2020 as track coordinator and lead faculty for the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (ACPNP) program. She is certified as both a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) and an Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (ACPNP). She currently works as an APRN at Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) in the cardiovascular intensive care unit.