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

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Program Overview

The accelerated, 100% online Master of Science 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.

Why Choose UTA Online:

icon $29,430 Total Tuition*
icon As few as 31-35 months Program Duration
icon 45 Credit Hours
icon $29,430 Total Tuition
icon As few as 31-35 months Program Duration
icon 45 Credit Hours

Residents of certain states may not be eligible to enroll in all UTA accelerated online programs. See program map for details. Currently enrolled students who reside in ineligible states may continue in their program without interruption.

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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 among UTA students 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.

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Tuition

UTA is committed to providing an outstanding education that is also affordable. Tuition is structured to give our students the best value and flexibility.

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$29,430 Total Tuition
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$1,962 Per Course*
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$654 Per Credit Hour

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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

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Calendar

Our MSN in Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner online program offers multiple start dates to accommodate your busy lifestyle.

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Course Start Application Deadline All Supporting Documents Due Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Session
1/14/2019 12/14/2018 12/28/2018 1/9/2019 1/11/2019 Spring
2/25/2019 1/25/2019 2/8/2019 2/20/2019 2/22/2019 Spring
4/8/2019 3/8/2019 3/22/2019 4/3/2019 4/5/2019 Spring
5/20/2019 4/19/2019 5/3/2019 5/15/2019 5/17/2019 Summer
7/1/2019 5/31/2019 6/14/2019 6/26/2019 6/28/2019 Summer
8/12/2019 7/12/2019 7/26/2019 8/7/2019 8/9/2019 Fall
9/23/2019 8/23/2019 9/6/2019 9/18/2019 9/20/2019 Fall
11/4/2019 10/4/2019 10/18/2019 10/30/2019 11/1/2019 Fall

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Admissions

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation admission process is the first step towards changing your life and enriching the lives of others. Familiarize yourself with these admission requirements, along with information on required documentation.

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icon 2 Years Experience

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MSN in Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Online Admission Requirements

  • An unencumbered RN license
  • Two years clinical RN experience within the area of concentration
  • 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 required to have two years clinical experience in a United States (or equivalent) healthcare 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 includes 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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Transfer Credits

The maximum amount of credit that may transfer from another university is 10 semester hours. The syllabus for the course(s) you wish to transfer will need to be reviewed. You must apply before we can review your syllabus.

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Courses

To complete the MSN in Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Online program, students must complete the following courses.

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NURS 5315: Advanced Pathophysiology

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

NURS 5327: Exploration of Science and Theories for Nursing

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

NURS 5366: Principles of Research in Nursing

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.

NURS 5334: Advanced Pharmacology

Duration: 11 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of clinical pharmacological therapeutics for advanced nursing practice.

NURS 5367: Evidence-Based Practice

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

NURS 5220: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

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

NURS 5130: Pediatric Assessment Lab

Duration: 3 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Conduct comprehensive health assessment in the pediatric population.

NURS 5350: Role of the Nurse in Advanced Practice

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

NURS 5465: Pediatric Primary Care

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.

NURS 5467: Primary Complex Chronicity

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.

NURS 5466: Pediatric Acute Care

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.

NURS 5373: Pediatric Acute Care Clinical Practice I

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.

NURS 5374: Pediatric Acute Care Clinical Practice II

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.

NURS 5631: Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum

Duration: 13 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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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 of the course. 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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* Per-course tuition based on 3 credit-hour courses.

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

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