Students must be admitted into the university before registering for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program.* Note: Units shown in parentheses are theory units/clinical units.
|Academic and Advanced Practice Core Courses||18 units|
GNRS 504Bioethics and Health Policy
GNRS 506Spiritual Care
GNRS 512Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion
GNRS 513Advanced Nursing Practice Role**
GNRS 515Advanced Pathophysiology
GNRS 594Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Nursing
|Advanced Practice Specialty Courses||18 units|
GNRS 590APrimary Health Care of the Young Family
GNRS 590BClinical Practicum in Pediatrics
GNRS 532Advanced Nursing Practice in Pediatrics
GNRS 589Adolescent Health Care
|Specialization Option Courses|
Students may select these courses as electives
GNRS 540Care Management
GNRS 541Clinical Practicum in Care Management
GNRS 593Psychosocial Primary Health Care of the Mature and Aging Family
|Total for Post-Master’s Adult PNP||36 units|
*Students may be given transfer credits for previous content completed in a master’s degree program. Students who hold current California certification as a nurse practitioner or nurse midwife, and students who hold a master’s degree in nursing and/or national certification as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) may challenge or request waiver of the coursework required for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, as appropriate to the student’s current specialty. Petitions for challenge or waiver of courses must be initiated upon admission and approved through the School of Nursing Graduate Council. Students must show proof of current nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or clinical nurse specialist certification.
**This requirement is waived for APU master’s graduates between the years of 1992-93 to 1995-96, as the content was integrated in the clinical courses.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is a semester?
15 weeks (12 in the summer)
How many evenings per week do I attend classes?
Students generally attend class one to two nights per week, depending on the number of classes in which they are enrolled.
How soon can I finish this program?
Most students complete the program in one to two years depending on how many courses are taken each semester.
How are clinicals arranged?
The School of Nursing faculty and staff arrange clinical settings with some student input as needed.
What kind of clinical settings are available?
The School of Nursing identifies appropriate clinical settings based on the student’s specialty. Settings may include hospitals, primary care clinics, churches, and schools, to name a few.
How do I figure out my schedule?
Knowledgeable faculty advisors assist students with a comprehensive course planner to ensure course continuity throughout the program.