Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post Masters program

Program Description

This post-masters certificate as AC-PNP builds on the existing curriculum of the PNP specialty and assumes that the entering student has a master’s degree in nursing with certification as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care.  For purposes of student eligibility for certification, all AC-PNP required courses must be taken at Wright State University or challenged by either examination or demonstrations of similar course content in the student’s previous masters program.  The coursework in the program is delivered online making the program highly accessible to participants who have complicated work schedules and might not live in proximity to the Dayton campus.  

Admission

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply to this post master's certificate nursing program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1

Be a master's prepared nurse

2

Be a Registered Nurse with an unencumbered license and current professional licensure as APN (advanced practice nurse) in Ohio, having a minimum of one year of post master’s clinical nursing experience with experience over the past two years in a pediatric acute care setting [Documentation of acute care clinical practice (form) within the past 2 years.]

3

Apply to the Wright State Graduate School as a non-degree seeking student.

The application to the Graduate School must contain:

  • A nonrefundable application fee (currently $10)
  • An official transcript reflecting the award of a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Non degree applicants having completed graduate work should also submit official transcripts reflecting that work.)  
4

Submit the following to the program director:

  • Letter/email to program director applying to the program including your contact information indicating that you have been accepted by Graduate Studies
  • Signed completed ACPNP Clinical Practice Hours Documentation form
  • Skills verification form
  • Primary Care PNP Certificate
  • Documentation of current clinical skills on the  Skills Verification Form (with signature verifying person signing has worked with applicant)
    Current certificate to prescribe in Ohio OR recent pediatric pharmacology course with grade of B or above

Current CPR + PALS documentation is required prior to the start of clinicals.

5

Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation and an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (or applicable state) for background check. Please be aware that background checks may take up to 30 days to process.  It is in your benefit to complete the background check one month prior to the College of Nursing and Health application deadline. Background checks can be done in the Educational Resource Center at 116 Allyn Hall. The results must be sent to Sue Bevan, College of Nursing and Health, 160 UH, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435.

Applications are reviewed and admitted on a rolling basis.

Keep in mind that it takes 2-6 weeks to process an application in the Graduate School. Once all your application materials have been received, you will be contacted to interview with the Program Director.

Download the Graduate Financial Aid Application

Curriculum

Year 1

Summer

NUR 7512 (4 cr hr) - Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner II: 2 cr didactic, 2 cr/112 hr clinical

Fall

NUR 7511 (4 cr hr) - Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner I: 2 cr didactic, 2 cr/112 hr clinical

Spring

NUR 7513 (6 cr hr) - Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner III: Practicum: 1 cr seminar/ 5 cr/224 or less clinical hrs depending on experience

Course Descriptions

NUR 7511

Course Title: Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner I
Credit Hours: 4 credit hours
Catalog Description: Application of theoretical frameworks and research findings for health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, and health restoration for children and adolescents. Practicum focuses on advanced nursing care and multi-disciplinary collaboration for comprehensive health care across settings. Emphasis on management of acute/chronic conditions by acute care pediatric nurse practitioners.

NUR 7512

Course Title: Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner II
Credit Hours: 4 credit hours
Catalog Description: Emphasis on nursing management of complex acute illnesses and multi-system disorders for children/adolescents and their families. Clinical practicum focuses on multi-disciplinary collaboration for the delivery of comprehensive health care, in high acuity settings.

NUR 7513

Course Title: Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner III: Practicum
Credit Hours: 7 credit hours
Catalog Description: Focus is on models of practice in providing health care to infants, children and adolescents within the full scope of advanced practice (wellness, common minor health problems, and high acute and complex chronic illness). Factors influencing role development and delegation/supervision, quality improvements, accreditation standards, professional standards, and prescriptive authority will be addressed.

Contact Information

Program Contact:

Tamara Clark, DNP, RN, CPNP-AC
Email: tamara.clark@wright.edu
Phone: (937) 775-2576
Fax: (937) 775-4571

General Contact Information:

Wright State University
3640 Col. Glenn Highway
Graduate School
344 Student Union
Dayton, OH  45435
(937) 775-2976

Sue Bevan
Title: Administrative Support Coordinator
Email: nursing_graduate_programs@wright.edu
Phone: (937) 775-3577
Fax: (937) 775-4571

Donna Miles Curry, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC
Title: Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
Email: donna.curry@wright.edu
Phone: (937) 775-2653
Fax: (937) 775-4571

Financial Aid Nursing

Email: nursing_graduate_programs@wright.edu