Acute care pediatric nurse practitioner

Master of science in nursing University of Missouri-Kansas City
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Overview

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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.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of science in nursing with an emphasis in acute care pediatric nurse practitioner

Campus

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

School of Nursing and Health Studies

Delivery mode

Blended, some campus visits required

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Credit hours

52

Estimated cost

$43,032.63

*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.

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Career prospects

Graduates take the national certification exam for their specialty and may practice as a nurse practitioner throughout the United States, following individual state guidelines.

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13.64%
employment growth
Burning Glass Technologies. 2021. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
$74,000
median salary

Program structure

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
  • Pharmacology

Delivery

Blended, some campus visits required

Calendar system

Semester-based

Typical program length

2 or 3 years

Typical course load

1 or 2 classes each semester

Accreditation

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

The MS at the School of Nursing and Health Studies is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Faculty spotlight

Cheri Barber.

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.

Cheri Barber, DNP
DNP Program Director, PNP Programs Coordinator
Darcie Al-Hassan, AC

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.

Darcie Al-Hassan, AC
Track Coordinator, Lead Faculty

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the School of Nursing and Health Studies