Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care Certificate program


This graduate post-masters certificate program is currently under revision. Please check back soon for our new, updated program. Thank you for your patience.

This post-master's certificate as a PNP-PC builds on the student's previous master's degree. For purposes of student eligibility for certification, all PNP-PC 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 master's program.  The coursework 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.  



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 health care setting.


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.)  

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, an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and (if applicable) 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.

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


Year 1


NUR 7501 (5 cr hr) - Child and Adolescent Health I


NUR 7502 (5 cr hr) - Child and Adolescent Health II


NUR 7503 (6 cr hr) - Practicum for Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Course Descriptions

NUR 7501

Course Title: Child and Adolescent Health I
Credit Hours: 5 credit hours
Catalog Description: Application of advanced practice nursing skills integrating theory, research findings, and differential diagnoses in the provision of primary and minor acute care for children/adolescents in families. Clinical learning will incorporate use of case management and multi-disciplinary collaboration with consideration of physical, social, and psychological factors.

NUR 7502

Course Title: Child and Adolescent Health II
Credit Hours: 5 credit hours
Catalog Description: Application of theoretical frameworks and research findings for health promotion and disease prevention, health maintenance, and health restoration for children and adolescents. The clinical practicum will focus on advanced nursing care, incorporating multi-disciplinary collaboration for the delivery of comprehensive health care in various care settings. Emphasis is on management of acute and chronic condition.

NUR 7503

Course Title: Practicum for Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner 
Credit Hours: 6 credit hours
Catalog Description: Focus on models of practice providing health care to infants, children and adolescents in wellness, common minor health problems, and acute and chronic illness. Factors influencing role development 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