Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Student Clinical Training

Train for Pediatric Acute Care

The pediatric nurse practitioner specialty in acute care (PAC) prepares nurses for advanced nursing practice roles in caring for acutely, critically, and chronically ill children in a variety of health care settings. Graduates will provide direct patient care management such as performing in-depth physical assessments, ordering and interpreting results of laboratory and diagnostic tests, and ordering medications and performing therapeutic treatments. Management of health and developmental needs of infants, children, adolescents, and their families is also emphasized.

SPECIALTY COORDINATOR:
Ann-Marie Brown, PhD, CPNP-AC/PC, CCRN, FCCM
Assistant Professor, Clinical Track
Specialty Coordinator, Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program
Room 317
ann-marie.brown@emory.edu 
Office 404-727-1403

Flexible Studies/Degree Options

The 46-hour graduate program can be completed in four semesters of full-time study or may be pursued part time. The MSN-MPH dual degree program option is also available to students.

Clinical Experience

Graduates are required to complete 660 hours of directly supervised clinical practice. Clinical sites include, but are not limited to, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital and Egleston Children’s Hospital, Hughes Spaulding Children’s Hospital Sickle Cell Clinic at Scottish Rite Hospital, and various other pediatric and neonatal clinics in Macon and the metropolitan-Atlanta area.

Unique Highlights

The program is individually tailored to meet each student’s unique needs, whether through clinical placements or clinical preceptors who meet each student’s particular educational needs. Students are provided with a broad range of clinical experiences by rotating through a wide variety of specialty well-child and acute and critical care clinical sites.

Career Opportunities

The program prepares students to take the acute care nurse practitioner certification exam administered by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). Graduates provide comprehensive, holistic, family-centered, and developmentally based care to children and their families in rural, underserved, and metropolitan inpatient health care centers. Former students are employed as coordinators in pediatric care units, renal and cardiac transplantation units, PICUs, ERs, and other health care settings.

To be considered for admission to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, you must submit the following items:

Requirements for MSN admission include

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited nursing program (CCNE, NLNAC)
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state of Georgia

Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org) for previous nursing coursework
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org) for previous non-nursing coursework
  • TOEFL scores are required if English is a second language
  • Resume

Program Specific Requirements

Successful students have a strong clinical foundation for the Emory PNP Acute Care Program and all applicants must have at least one year of acute care pediatric nursing experience.

Full-time Curriculum
SemesterCourseCreditsClinical Hours
Total Credit Hours46
Total Clinical Hours660

Curriculum, credit hours, and sequencing are subject to change.

Semester 1 (Fall)NRSG 524Becoming an APRN2
NRSG 554Advanced Neonatal and Pediatric Health Assessment3
NRSG 547Staying Healthy: Promoting and Maintaining Wellness in the Pediatric Patient360
NRSG 528Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology3
NRSG 549Pediatric Advanced Health Assessment1
Semester credit hours1260
Semester 2 (Spring)NRSG 545Advanced Pediatric Practice I2
NRSG 522Advanced Pharmacology3
NRSG 505Research and Evidence-Based Practice3
NRSG 661Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I4180
Semester credit hours12180
Semester 3 (Summer)NRSG 546Advanced Pediatric Practice II2
NRSG 662Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II4180
NRSG 652Mental Health Issues for Advanced Practice Nursing2
NRSG 591Health Care Quality and Patient Safety3
Semester credit hours11180
Semester 4 (Fall)NRSG 657Palliative Care Across the Spectrum2
NRSG 589Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery2
NRSG 663Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III5240
NRSG 599Business of Healthcare: Finance2
Semester credit hours11240
Part-time Curriculum
SemesterCourseCreditsClinical Hours
Total Credit Hours46
Total Clinical Hours660

Curriculum, credit hours, and sequencing are subject to change.

Semester 1 (Fall)NRSG 524Becoming an APRN2
NRSG 554Advanced Neonatal and Pediatric Health Assessment3
NRSG 528Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology3
Semester credit hours8
Semester 2 (Spring)NRSG 522Advanced Pharmacology3
NRSG 505Research and Evidence-Based Practice3
Semester credit hours6
Semester 3 (Summer)NRSG 591Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety3
NRSG 652Mental Health Issues for Advanced Practice Nursing2
Elective2
Semester credit hours7
Semester 4 (Fall)NRSG 547Staying Healthy: Promoting and Maintaining Wellness in the Pediatric Patient  60
NRSG 589Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery2
NRSG 549Pediatric Advanced Health Assessment1
Semester credit hours660
Semester 5 (Spring)NRSG 545Advanced Pediatric Practice I2
NRSG 661Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I4180
Semester credit hours6180
Semester 6 (Summer)NRSG 546Advanced Pediatric Practice II2
NRSG 662Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II4180
Semester credit hours6180
Semester 7 (Fall)NRSG 599Business of Healthcare: Finance2
NRSG 663Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III5240
NRSG 657Palliative Care Across the Spectrum2
Semester credit hours9240

Not every state will allow a student to enroll in a distance education program or to participate in a clinical placement within the state. The states found on the link below are eligible states for distance-based education and clinical placement. For applicants not seeing their state on this list, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. 

Applicants to any of our distance-accessible courses/ programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification should become familiar with the regulations governing distance accessible programs in their state. Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization. Emory is working toward developing a database to provide this information. Prospective students residing in states other than Georgia should be aware of their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education rules and regulations.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is accepting applications to its academic programs for Spring, Summer and Fall 2019. Admission decisions will be based upon candidate competitiveness as well as space availability. Applicants could potentially be placed on a waitlist. Decisions for waitlisted applicants are announced as seats become available, up to the first day of orientation. Application deadlines can be found here.

For questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the School of Nursing's Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs at 404.727.7980.

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