Post-Master's Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Program Overview

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.

Disclaimer: We are unable to accept students living in the following states at this time – Louisiana, Arizona, Washington, and Oregon.


Admission Requirements

All applicants will be reviewed in an individual and holistic manner. No single factor will determine a student's admission. The Program Chair and appropriate committee carefully evaluate all qualified applicants with regard to the applicants' potential for successful completion of the program.



It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that their application is complete: Application Instructions

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The post-graduate APRN certificate program in nursing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (