The Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (AC-PNP) role is designed to meet the specialized physiologic and psychological needs of children with acute, complex acute, critical, and chronic health conditions. AC-PNPs respond to rapidly changing clinical conditions, including the recognition and management of emerging health crises, organ dysfunction and failure. In accordance with this practice focus, Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner role activities encompass a wide range of APRN practice strategies including contributions to the evidence-based management of children's illness/health states, the patient/family-nurse relationship, the teaching-coaching function, the professional role, managing and negotiating healthcare delivery systems, monitoring and ensuring the quality of health care practice, providing family-centered care, and demonstrating cultural competency.
The short-term goal of care is stabilization of the child, minimizing complications, and providing physical and psychological care measures. The long-term goal of care is to restore maximal health potential through implementation of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) strategies to reduce health risks.
The continuum of care spans the geographic settings of the home, emergency departments, hospitals, subspecialty clinics, and intensive care units; however, the needs of the population guides the practice setting rather than location.
A Post-Master's Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate is also available to those who currently hold a Master of Science in Nursing and wish to assume a specialized role as a pediatric acute care provider.
Upon completion of course requirements, graduates of the Masters and Post-Master's Programs are eligible to sit for the Pediatric Nursing Credentialing Board Acute Care CPNP exam.
The MSN ACPNP track is completed in up to 33 semester credit hours.
For transcript post-master evaluation, email unofficial/official transcripts to Veronica Sifuentes prior to applying to ensure all applicants are applying to start in the correct semester since some courses may qualify for transfer credit.
Current tuition information can be found here or by contacting Student Business Services from 8:30am-4pm CST at (806) 743-7867. Additional school fees applied may vary.
Financial aid (student loans, grants, scholarships) are available upon admittance to the School of Nursing. Additional information may be found at the Financial Aid Office website or by calling 806-743-3025.