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Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Online (Post Master's)

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Program Overview

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Develop the skills and knowledge you need to work with the growing number of children with complex, high acuity healthcare needs with this 100% online Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate program from The University of Texas at Arlington. Designed for MSN-prepared nurses, this accelerated program can help prepare you to become a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care (CPNP-AC) in as few as five courses.

Why Choose UTA Online:

tuition icon $654 Per Credit Hour
academic calendar program duration icon As few as 5 courses* Program Duration
tuition icon $654 Per Credit Hour
academic calendar program duration icon As few as 5 courses* Program Duration

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 will need approval to continue uninterrupted in their programs in accordance with applicable state laws. Approval is not guaranteed.

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This post-graduate program is individually created based on a gap analysis of each student's MSN transcript and experience. Taught by the same faculty who teach on campus, the program emphasizes research and theoretical knowledge to implement therapies that restore health, minimize complications, reduce risk factors and improve the growth and development of the child.

This program provides a background to:

  • Provide pediatric care and case management for pediatric patients and their families through management of acute, chronic, complex and unstable illness
  • Develop interprofessional and collaborative relationships to address health problems related to economic, psychosocial, cultural and environmental factors in the quality improvement of healthcare delivery to the pediatric population
  • Coordinate 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
  • The Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate can lead to work in expanded clinical settings such as:

    • Pediatric intensive care units (PICU)
    • Pediatric Sedation Services operations
    • Pediatric subspecialty clinics (e.g., hematology, nephrology)

    Clinical Requirements

    The clinical requirements included in the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate program at UTA are intended to provide students with experiential learning opportunities to enable them to transition successfully into the role of the nurse practitioner. An essential part of each clinical experience is active, hands-on practice, guided by a licensed preceptor with expertise in their advanced nursing practice specialty.

    Clinical placement at The University of Texas at Arlington in the graduate nursing department is a collaborative process with each student. Students are asked to locate a preceptor which is aligned with their program requirements; however, the Graduate Nursing Department will provide assistance with clinical placement when a student is experiencing difficulty. Clinical placement policies are available in the Graduate Nursing clinical management system, InPlace, and are available to all students upon admission.

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    Tuition

    Pay affordable tuition at UTA

    UTA is committed to providing students with a quality, affordable education. That's why our Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Online (Post Master's) online program offers pay-by-the course options.

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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

    Jot down the milestones that will guide your student journey

    Our Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate online program is flexible for your working schedule and offers multiple start dates throughout the year.

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    To see which courses are going to be offered on each start date, download the course schedule.

    Course Start Application Deadline All Supporting Documents Due Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Session
    5/23/2022 4/22/2022 4/22/2022 5/18/2022 5/20/2022 Summer
    7/5/2022 6/3/2022 6/3/2022 6/29/2022 7/1/2022 Summer
    8/22/2022 7/22/2022 7/22/2022 8/17/2022 8/19/2022 Fall
    10/3/2022 9/2/2022 9/2/2022 9/28/2022 9/30/2022 Fall
    11/14/2022 10/14/2022 10/14/2022 11/9/2022 11/11/2022 Fall
    1/9/2023 12/9/2022 12/9/2022 1/4/2023 1/6/2023 Spring
    2/20/2023 1/20/2023 1/20/2023 2/15/2023 2/17/2023 Spring
    4/3/2023 3/3/2023 3/3/2023 3/29/2023 3/31/2023 Spring
    5/22/2023 4/21/2023 4/21/2023 5/17/2023 5/19/2023 Summer
    7/3/2023 6/2/2023 6/2/2023 6/28/2023 6/30/2023 Summer
    8/21/2023 7/21/2023 7/21/2023 8/16/2023 8/18/2023 Fall
    10/2/2023 9/1/2023 9/1/2023 9/27/2023 9/29/2023 Fall
    11/6/2023 10/6/2023 10/6/2023 11/1/2023 11/3/2023 Fall

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    Admissions

    Know the qualifications for our online CPNP-AP program

    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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    • MSN from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited program
    • Two years of clinical experience as an RN
    • Acute care certificate options must have 2 years of high acuity direct patient care in the last 5 years
    • Active/Unencumbered RN license
    • Undergraduate (basic) statistics course with a minimum grade of "C"
    • 3.0 GPA in MSN degree program

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    Courses

    Gain the knowledge you need

    This Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner online program is individually created based on a gap analysis of each student's MSN transcript and experience. A gap analysis is a process that evaluates your current academic career versus what you need to be eligible for certification in your new area of study. You may need more than the minimum number of courses listed, or you may need less than the number of courses listed. Some courses listed may be waived based on the gap analysis.

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    NURSC 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.

    NURSC 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.

    NURSC 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.

    NURSC 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.

    NURSC 5680: Pedi Acute Care NP Advanced 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.

    *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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