Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care Certificate program


photo of a nursing student writingThis graduate post-masters certificate program is currently under revision. Please check back soon for our new, updated program. Thank you for your patience.

This PNP-AC post-masters certificate builds upon the existing curriculum of a previous master's degree. 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.  

Once you are admitted to the Graduate School, you will work with a faculty advisor to create a customized program of study. This is tailored to the coursework required for certification and will include coursework not included in your previous master's, as well as courses specializing in acute-care pediatrics. 



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


Be a master's prepared nurse from a CCNE accredited master's program (official transcript from master's program required)


Be a Registered Nurse with an unencumbered license and current professional licensure as APRN (advanced practice registered nurse), 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.]


Apply to the Wright State Graduate School as a certificate seeking student.

The application to the Graduate School must contain:

  • A nonrefundable application fee
  • 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. 

Submit the following to the director:

  • Letter/email to program director applying to the program including your contact information indicating that you have been accepted by Graduate Studies

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


Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation or the state in which you reside 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 Zane Jacks, College of Nursing and Health, 160 UH, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435. Information on the background check can be found here (pdf).

Applications are reviewed and admitted on a rolling basis. The program start is Summer semester.

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 director.

Download the Graduate Financial Aid Application


This is a sample curriculum pattern. Additional courses may be required depending on previous coursework completed.

Year 1


NUR 7512 (4 cr hr) - Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner II


NUR 7511 (4 cr hr) - Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner I


NUR 7513 (6 cr hr) - Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner III: Practicum

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: 6 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:

Deb Poling PhD, FNP-BC, CNE
Title: Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs

Phone: (937) 775-4684
Fax: (937) 775-4571

Stacey Callahan, B.A.
Title: Program Coordinator

Phone: (937) 775-3954
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

College of Nursing and Health
(937) 775-3131
Fax: (937) 775-4571