• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    17
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $500.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $500.00
The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) role provides family-centered and culturally respectful care for pediatric patients birth to 21 years of age. Advanced practice nurses (APRNs) provide high-quality healthcare services in a wide-range of problems from acute, chronic, complex, and wellness care to health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling. The core courses provide a solid foundation in the use of evidence-based practice guidelines and theory as a basis for the diagnosis and treatment of illness and the promotion of wellness. Clinical experiences are conducted with preceptors in community, inpatient, and outpatient settings.
Primary Care PNP: The main emphasis of the primary care pediatric nurse practitioner (NP) is comprehensive, chronic, continuous care characterized by a long term relationship between the patient and primary care NP, in an outpatient primary care clinic. The primary care NP provides care for most pediatric health needs and coordinates additional health care services that may be needed.
Acute Care PNP: The acute care pediatric nurse practitioner (AC PNP) focuses on restorative care that is characterized by rapidly changing clinical conditions. The AC PNP provides care for patients with unstable chronic, complex acute, and critical conditions most times in an acute care facility.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Students are required to come to campus for a residency each semester during their clinical courses. Faculty and advisors communicate campus dates early so students can plan their schedules.
  2. PNP Applicants: A minimum of one-year, full-time equivalent clinical experience within the past three years is required for admission.
  3. The following two courses are pre-requisites to progression in the MSN and DNP program; however they can be taken at UMKC along with your program of study in the first semester (it is strongly recommended to complete prior to applying): Graduate level statistics course with a minimum grade of B; and a free-standing undergraduate health assessment course which needs to be completed in the first summer or fall semester with a minimum grade of B.
NOTE: Individuals residing in AL, NY, NC, TN or WA are not able to enroll in this program.

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Application Deadlines

Early Decision Acceptance
October 15
Regular Acceptance
February 15

Courses

Core
  • NURSE 5531Graduate Pharmacology Specialty2 Credits

    This course builds on principles of pharmacology learned in Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing. This course focuses on principles and practices necessary for safe prescribing and medication management of a specialty population (e.g., pediatrics, acute care, mental health).

  • NURSE 5532Pediatric Acute Care I3 Credits

    This is the first of two courses in which the management of complex acute, critical, and chronically ill patients with urgent and emergent conditions is explored. The focus is on alterations in pathophysiology, advanced assessment, diagnosis, and collaborative management of infants, children and adolescents with selected episodic/chronic health problems in acute/critical care. This course consists of three (3) credit hours of didactic content. Clinical practice and clinical seminar comprise the clinical experience.

  • NURSE 5533Pediatric Acute Care II3 Credits

    This is the second of two courses in which the management of complex acute, critical, and chronically ill patients with urgent and emergent conditions is explored. The focus is on alterations in pathophysiology, advanced assessment, diagnosis, and collaborative management of infants, children and adolescents with selected episodic/chronic health problems in acute/critical care. This course consists of three (3) credit hours of didactic content Clinical practice and clinical seminar comprise the clinical experience.

  • NURSE 5534Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum I (Pediatric Acute Care) (270 clinical hours)4 Credits

    This practicum course focuses on the clinical management of the pathological alterations presented in the Pediatric Acute Care I course. The course is designed to provide clinical experience in the development and application of the roles of the pediatric acute care nurse practitioner. The clinical setting will be used for application and evaluation of pathophysiologic and psychosocial concepts in implementing and evaluating care in the clinical settings. Clinical practice and clinical seminar comprise the clinical experience. This course consist of 1 credit hours of didactic and 3 credit hours of clinical (270 hours).

  • NURSE 5535Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum II (Pediatric Acute Care) (270 clinical hours)4 Credits

    The emphasis of this course is on the integration of theory, assessment, and advanced therapeutics in high acuity patient care. The student will gain the necessary management skills to provide specialized patient centered care across the entire pediatric age spectrum from complex chronic illness to physiologic deterioration and life threatening instability, including palliative and end of life care, while incorporating the family as a full partner in decision making. Clinical practice and clinical seminar comprise the clinical experience. This course consist of one (1) credit hours of didactic and three (3) credit hours of clinical (270 hours).

  • NURSE 5549Pharmacology Across the Life Span for Advanced Nursing Practice3 Credits

    This is a course in clinical pharmacotherapeutics that builds on prior knowledge of drug classification, actions, interactions and adverse drug reactions. The major focus of the course is the pharmacotherapeutic prescribing of medications for primary health care management across the life span by advanced practice nurses. The Missouri laws for advanced practice nurse prescriptive authority will be addressed. This course consists of three hours of lecture/discussion/in-class clinical module work per week.

  • NURSE 5564CPrimary Care of Children I (165 clinical hours)5 Credits

    This course is designed to prepare nurse practitioner students to manage common pediatric health problems. The focus is on evidence-based developmentally appropriate preventive health care and management of common acute/episodic illnesses. Students will integrate role competencies, professional standards, and legal requirements essential to the NP role. Core content includes differential diagnosis, therapeutic management, adherence, anticipatory guidance, patient/family education, legal and professional issues, standards of practice, and advanced practice role competencies. This course consist of 2 credit hours of didactic and 2 credit hours of clinical (165 hours). Clinical practice and clinical seminar comprise the clinical experience.

  • NURSE 5566CChronic Child Health Care (165 clinical hours)5 Credits

    This course is designed to apply knowledge and skill to advanced evidence-based nursing care of children experiencing complex/chronic health problems. The organizing framework is case management of chronic health states. Students will apply several theoretical models to acute and chronic conditions of children at different developmental stages representing various socioeconomic and cultural groups, in primary or specialized care settings. Core concepts are stress, coping, adaptation, pain management, grief, loss, nutritional support, ethical decision-making, and symptom management. This five credit hour course consists of three credit hours of didactic/discussion per week and 165 hours (2 credit hours) of clinical/lab per semester.

  • NURSE 5572Advanced Nursing Practice: Synthesis Practicum (330 clinical hours)5 Credits

    This course is a concentrated, experiential, supervised clinical opportunity to function in an advanced practice nursing role. The focus of this intensive clinical practicum is on the synthesis and application of previous theory and clinical courses under the guidance of a preceptor. Students will be expected to apply advanced clinical decision making skills and evidence based practice guidelines to the assessment, management, and evaluation of complex healthcare problems. Core concepts include advanced nursing practice, functional role responsibilities, ethical, legal and health policy issues, and activities with the emphasis on their relationship to patient outcomes. The patient systems for this experience include individuals and families within the context of community. Students will obtain a minimum of 330 hours of clinical/conferences (4 credit hours) and one credit hour of didactic content for the semester.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Missouri Midwest Exchange Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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