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The University of New Mexico College of Nursing has offers a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) concentration for the Master of Science in Nursing degree. Applications are open for this concentration every other year.  See application deadlines for details.

This concentration focuses on providing primary care for children and adolescents in community and clinical environments, especially those in underserved populations. Individuals from New Mexico and those interested in providing primary care for diverse, vulnerable, and underserved children are particularly encouraged to apply.

Role of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Primary care PNPs provide holistic healthcare for children and adolescents in outpatient clinical environments with a focus on wellness and preventive care. Individuals from New Mexico and those interested in providing primary care for diverse, vulnerable, and underserved children are particularly encouraged to apply.

What to Expect During Your Education

  • This intensive, full-time, two-year commitment begins in the summer and continues for six consecutive terms.
  • The degree awarded at completion of the program is a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).
  • MSN core courses are available online. Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) core courses are a mix of online delivery and on-the-ground classroom experiences.
  • PNP clinical courses are taught in a block format. Didactic content is provided at on-campus sessions for two to three weeks, followed by four to five weeks of clinical rotation.
  • Students are expected to travel outside of the Albuquerque area for a minimum of one clinical rotation. Faculty will place students in clinical rotations, and students are responsible for any associated travel costs.
  • Graduates are eligible to become certified as pediatric nurse practitioners in New Mexico and nationally after successfully passing the certification exam. The credentialing agency is The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. Check out our current licensure/certification first-time pass rates.

For more information regarding PNPs in general (salaries, job opportunities, etc.) visit Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Concentration Program of Studies

COURSESCredit HoursDidactic creditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
NURS 501 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice  (MSN Core)33
NURS 503 Research in Nursing  (MSN Core)33
NURS 526 Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice  (APRN Core)33
NURS 539 Pediatric Health and Developmental Assessment (APRN Core)  321 (lab)50 (lab)
NURS 543 Pharmacological Principles of Clinical Therapeutics33
NURS 525 Primary Care Concepts33
TOTAL98150 (lab)
NURS 505 Health Care Policy, Systems & Financing for Advanced Practice  (MSN Core)33
NURS 549 Adolescent Health31.51.575
Elective (optional)
NURS 538 Diagnostic Reasoning11
NURS 542 Primary Care Pediatrics I422100
NURS 546 Primary Care Pediatrics II523150
NURS 547 Pediatric Chronic Illness43150
NURS 554 Evidence Based Practice for APRNs11
NURS 594 Advanced Practice Seminar11
NURS 596 / NURS 597 Comprehensive / Exam11
NURS 595 Fieldwork77350

Outcome of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Education

Completing the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program prepares you to:

  1. Provide full-scope primary care, utilizing both independent and collaborative approaches, to children and families, including management of acute and chronic health problems, health promotion, disease prevention, and support for transitional and end of life needs.
  2. Integrate ethical principles in decision-making and evaluation of care related to children, families, populations and systems of care.
  3. Coordinate health care through interdisciplinary collaboration with members of the health care team.
  4. Appropriately empower and motivate children and families to be full participants in their own health care.
  5. Advocate for systems and policies that reduce health disparities, facilitate access to care, and address cultural diversity and rural populations.
  6. Assume professional responsibility for maintaining and advancing clinical practice competencies.
  7. Participate in quality assurance and evaluation of health care delivery.
  8. Use and articulate evidence-based research as the basis for practice.
  9. Contribute to existing knowledge through participation in research.