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Master of Science in Nursing in Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Online

31-35 Months

45 Credit Hours

$29,430 Tuition

5-14 Week Courses

Master of Science in Nursing in Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Online

Quick Facts

31-35 Months

45 Credit Hours

$29,430 Tuition

5-14 Week Courses

About the Program

This UTA accelerated online program is offered to Texas residents only.

The accelerated, 100% online MSN in Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program (PNP-AC) is designed for experienced, BSN-prepared pediatric nurses who wish to expand their professional scope of practice as a nurse practitioner. This highly specialized online program was developed from UTA’s on campus PNP-AC program, one of the first programs of its kind in the U.S. when founded in 2004.

This program prepares you to work with the growing number of children with complex, high acuity healthcare needs. You will learn to provide children with evidence-based interventions to facilitate optimum health and growth. Learn essential elements of advanced nursing practice for pediatric acute and chronic healthcare in environments, including critical care, emergency rooms, and specialty office practices or clinics, as well as intensive rehabilitation and early intervention programs.

Coursework is designed to expand knowledge and experience to practice in high acuity areas as laid out by the scope of practice and includes the role of the nurse in health assessment and advanced practice, pediatric primary care, pediatric acute care and an advanced clinical nursing practicum.

UTA's online MSN in Acute Primary Care Nurse Practitioner includes these key elements:

  • A high-quality program which produces first-time certification pass rates that exceed 95%—among the highest in the nation—and highly employable graduates
  • Preparation to utilize expertise in providing care to acutely ill children, including diagnostic reasoning, complex monitoring, and intense therapies
  • Practice in using research and theoretical knowledge to implement therapies that restore health, minimize complications, reduce risk factors and improve the growth and development of the child
  • Instruction in coordinating the acute care of the child in collaboration with other healthcare professionals with attention to principles of ethics, advocacy for the child and family, and an understanding of varying constructs of culture

Graduates are prepared to be recognized as Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioners by the Board of Nursing and to take the PNP-AC National Certification Exam through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

For more information, see Courses.

Due to the rigorous nature of the graduate nursing program and the time commitment of the coursework and clinical, students can expect to spend a significant amount of time studying and preparing required assignments. Generally, a student will be expected to spend 5 hours per week outside the class room for every 1 credit hour the course is worth. This means a 3 credit hour class would require approximately 15 hours per week of student study time. Given this, it is strongly recommended that accepted applicants limit work schedules to keep up with the academic rigor of the program.

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Online Courses

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Duration: 11 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology. Principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and nutrition are applied to disease processes. Clinical Hours: 0 hours

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A critical examination of the philosophical and theoretical bases for nursing science.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on integration of theoretical and empirical principles of nursing research to generate evidence for nursing practice.

Duration: 11 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of clinical pharmacological therapeutics for advanced nursing practice.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on preparation to implement evidence-based change in practice.

Duration: 11 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Theory and application of the multiple roles of the advanced practice nurse within the healthcare system.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on advanced concepts and knowledge for nurse practitioners management of designated minor acute, chronic and complex health problems of pediatric patients and their families in primary care healthcare settings.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on advanced concepts and knowledge for nurse practitioner management of designated acute, chronic and complex health problems of pediatric patients and their families in multiple healthcare settings.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on advanced concepts and knowledge for nurse practitioner management of designated critical, acute, chronic and complex health problems of pediatric patients and their families in an acute care facility.

Duration: 11 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Initial clinical preceptorship in selected acute and chronic care health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge and concepts of advanced nursing practice implementing the pediatric acute care nurse practitioner role in evidenced-based patient care.

Duration: 11 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Continue clinical preceptorship in selected acute and chronic care health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge and concepts of advanced nursing practice implementing the pediatric nurse practitioner role in evidenced-based patient care.

Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 6

Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice.

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Admissions

This UTA accelerated online program is offered to Texas residents only.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must possess an unencumbered RN license.
  • Two years clinical RN experience within the area of concentration are required.
  • Must be a Texas resident
  • GRE not required for students with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Completion of all prerequisites, including: Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing from ACEN or CCNE Accredited Program.
  • Undergraduate (basic) statistics course with a minimum grade of "C"
  • Probationary admission for students taking the GRE: GRE required for applicants with a 2.8-2.99 GPA with minimum score of 149 on the verbal section, 141 on the quantitative section, or 3.5 on the analytical writing section (best 2 of 3 sections)
  • International students are required to have two years clinical experience in a United States (or equivalent) health care system.
  • International students are required to have a TSE score of 40 or higher. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is required if the applicant's native or first language is not English and if he or she does not hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution. TOEFL score requirement - Minimum of 550 on paper-based test, 213 on computer-based test, or 79 on the internet-based test, and achieve the following minimum scores of subtests: Writing, 22; Speaking, 21; Reading, 20; and Listening, 16; or IELTS minimum score of 7.0
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Costs

Affordability You Can Count On at UTA

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course* Per Program
MSN - Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner $654 $1,962 $29,430

Anticipated Course Materials**

Equipment Approximate Cost Course
Webcam 1080p Varies $20-$100 Required for all courses
Tripod Varies $5-$10 Required for all courses
Assessment Kit $49.95 N5418 – Advanced Assessment
Otoscope/Ophthalmoscope Rental $155.00 N5418 – Advanced Assessment
Suture Kit $112.50 N5313 – Clinical Skills

*Per-course tuition based on 3-credit hour courses.

**Textbook costs not included. To view textbooks, please visit the UTA Bookstore.

Tuition Guarantee

The tuition deadline is the Friday (by 11:59 PM CT) before the course begins. If tuition is not paid before the deadline, you will be dropped from your course(s).

No late payments will be allowed and no reinstatement granted if you are dropped for non-payment. If you plan to use the UTA website to make payment, please note that it may be down for maintenance on Sunday mornings. You may also contact Student Accounts at 817-272-2172 for additional information regarding payment.

Fees

All degrees are subject to application fees and graduation fees. Additional fees may apply.

Application Fees

A non-refundable fee as indicated below is required:

  • US Citizen and US Resident Alien Applicants with NO foreign college or university course work: $40
  • US Citizen and US Resident Alien Applicants WITH foreign college or university course work: $90
  • H1B International Applicants: $90

Reactivation Fees

To read the Reactivation/Readmission policy, visit the Admission Requirements.

Graduation Fees

$40 for first diploma, $20 each additional diploma plus applicable mailing fees, and $60 for late application.

Graduation fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. The fee will be billed to the student's MyMav account.

Payment Options

  • Pay by term

Refund Policy

Students wishing to drop a course and maintain no financial responsibility must do so by 11:59 PM CT before the first class day. The official class day begins at 12:00 AM CT.

The refund policy for sessions of five weeks or less is as follows:

  • Before the first class day: 100 percent.
  • First class day: 80 percent.
  • Second class day: 50 percent.
  • After the second class day: No refunds.

The refund policy for sessions greater than five weeks but less than 10 weeks is as follows:

  • Before the first class day: 100 percent.
  • First class day through the third class day: 80 percent.
  • Fourth day through the sixth class day: 50 percent.
  • After the sixth day: No refunds.

The refund policy for sessions 10 weeks or greater is as follows:

  • Before the first class day: 100 percent.
  • First class day through the fifth class day: 80 percent.
  • Sixth day through the tenth class day: 70 percent.
  • Eleventh day through the fifteenth class day: 50 percent.
  • Sixteenth day through the twentieth class day: 25 percent.
  • After the twentieth day: No refunds.

The Academic Calendar indicates the deadlines to drop a course with a "W."

Cancellation for Non-Payment

If you enroll in and pay for a course or courses in one start date within a term, then subsequently enroll in another start date during the same term, and do not pay fully for that start, you will be cancelled from all classes for the term that have not yet been graded. Reinstatements will not be allowed unless there is documented university error.

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