Pediatric nurse practitioner

Doctor of nursing practice University of Missouri-Kansas City
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Overview

The pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) role provides family-centered and culturally respectful care for pediatric patient's 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 main emphasis of the primary care pediatric nurse practitioner (NP) is comprehensive, chronic, continuous care characterized by a long-term relationship between the patient and primary care NP, in an outpatient primary care clinic. The primary care NP provides care for most pediatric health needs and coordinates additional health care services that may be needed.

Quick facts

Official name

Doctor of nursing practice with an emphasis in pediatric nurse practitioner

Campus

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Program type

Doctorate

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

74

Estimated cost

$64,258.11

*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 practice as a nurse practitioner in any area of the United States. They may also take positions as faculty in school of nursing and in clinical research positions.
 

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.
13.23%
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.
$100,000
median salary

Program structure

Delivery of this program is blended: You will complete most course work online, but on-campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one or two courses each semester and finish in four to five years.

Course work includes

  • Advanced physiology across the lifespan
  • Ethics in practice and research
  • Health care policy and advocacy
  • Cultural diversity and values
  • Health promotion, across the lifespan
     

Delivery

Blended, some campus visits required

Calendar system

Semester

Typical program length

4-5 years

Typical course load

1-2 courses per 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 DNP 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

Learn more about this program

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