Children and young adults deserve expert care.

Choosing to specialize as a pediatric nurse practitioner gives you the opportunity to impact a child’s life from birth to young adulthood. You can be the one who improves the well-being of children and their families by helping them get access to preventive care and sharing knowledge about making healthy choices. Maryville University’s online PNP programs offer the opportunity to focus your skill set and fortify your professional standing as a nurse.

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No GMAT, GRE, or statistics required for admission

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Complete clinicals locally in your preferred setting

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No waiting list once you’re accepted

Four Online PNP Programs

Online Master of Science in Nursing — Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (MSN PNP)

Learn what it takes to specialize in caring for children and young adults. Our advanced degree program offers a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track designed to help nurses pursue one of the most rewarding specialties available today.

Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice Program — PNP Concentration (BSN to DNP PNP)

Are you motivated to reach the apex of the nursing profession by working with some of the youngest patients? Our program offers a direct path to a DNP career with the added advantage of focusing a portion of your coursework in primary care and pediatrics.

Online Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate — Pediatric (Primary Care) Nurse Practitioner (MSN PNPC)

If you have your MSN and now you’re ready to specialize in pediatric primary care, our certificate can be your best option. Our coursework focuses on the growth and development of the pediatric patient population.

Online Doctor of Nursing Practice with Nurse Practitioner Concentration — Pediatric (Primary Care) Nurse Practitioner (DNP-NP PNP)

Go from your MSN to your DNP with an PNP concentration, and you can earn a terminal degree that helps bring you back into the clinical setting. You’ll earn your PNP along with attaining your DNP, allowing you to practice at the highest level and lead interdisciplinary teams.

Why become a PNP?

Children are our future. Caring for them is yours.

You have a love of children and the desire to make a difference in the world. Now is the time to specialize in pediatrics as a nurse practitioner. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) estimates that there is only one qualified candidate for every four available nurse practitioner jobs.

Upon graduation, you should know how to:

  • Conduct age-appropriate developmental and health screenings.
  • Recognize unhealthy lifestyle habits and provide guidance on proper sleep, nutrition, and exercise.
  • Identify and address mental health, functional, mobility, and cognitive issues.
  • Order and interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests.
  • Prescribe medication and develop treatment plans.
  • Perform in-office primary care procedures.
  • Escalate chronic and acute care needs to physicians/specialists.

Caring for children can be extra rewarding.

Dedicating your nursing career to the pediatrics care specialty can be dually rewarding. Not only will you get the chance to provide long-term care for patients who you get to know over the years, but you will also have the opportunity to join a professional sector that is compensated better than most.

Why Choose Maryville?

We’re a private, four-year institution ranked as one of America’s Best Colleges by both U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. We’re also proud to have been named to the Military Friendly Schools list for the 6th consecutive year. When you choose us, you receive a highly flexible and highly regarded education with the added convenience of being delivered 100% online. Here are a few more reasons why we offer you the best path:

  • Streamline your time and talent to earn a post-master’s certificate.
  • Graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Enjoy a flexible and convenient 24/7 online learning model.
  • Explore important topics that will help pave the way to a better future for yourself and the nurses who follow in your footsteps.
  • Take the opportunity to conduct research via clinical inquiry courses that will challenge your assumptions.
  • Learn from an expert faculty of nursing leaders who openly share their experiences and insights regarding public health and the nursing profession.

PNP Career Outlook

Shape the future of healthcare.

There are many factors behind the increased demand for pediatric nurse practitioners. Favorable employment trends for pediatric NPs include:

  • Data from The Clinical Advisor reports an annual median salary of $83,937 for pediatric NPs, based on 2012 numbers.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 31% increase in job opportunities for nurse practitioners between 2012 and 2022.
  • Scrubs Magazine identifies the pediatric nurse practitioner as one of the “Top 10 Highest Paying Nursing Specialties.”
  • The role of nurse practitioner also ranked No. 1 on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 2013 list of “Today’s Hottest Jobs.”
  • An ongoing shortage of primary care and family medicine physicians. It is anticipated that by 2025, the nation will be short at least 100,000 family medicine doctors. Pediatric (primary care) nurse practitioners are predicted to be in particularly high demand due to the even greater scarcity of physicians in rural and inner city communities.
  • The emergence of nurse-run clinics and growth in the number of traditional walk-in clinics in response to the Affordable Care Act.
  • Higher levels of patient satisfaction of those treated by nurse practitioners.

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Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education — CCNE

The MSN, Post-Master’s NP Certificate, and DNP programs at Maryville University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

PNP Curriculum

Four curriculum models. One rewarding career specialty.

Online MSN PNP Concentration

Online Master of Science in Nursing — Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (MSN PNP)

You can complete your MSN PNP in as few as 28 months. Begin your coursework the semester after you enroll with three entry points per year (January, May, and August ).

Clinical Hour Requirements: 580 clinical hours completed over 3 semesters, though subject to change.

MSN | Core Courses

NURS 600Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS 601Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 3 Credits
NURS 602Health Care Policy3 Credits
NURS 610Health Promotion/Disease Prevention3 Credits
NURS 603Professional Role Development3 Credits
NURS 619Leadership and Quality 3 Credits
NURS 611Advanced Pathophysiology 3 Credits
NURS 612Advanced Health Assessment5 Credits
NURS 615Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics3 Credits

For the PNP concentration you will need:

NURS 650Health Promotion of the Pediatric Population3 Credits
NURS 651Pediatric Assessment and Diagnosis I3 Credits
NURS 652Pediatric Assessment and Diagnosis Practicum I3 Credits
NURS 653Pediatric Assessment and Diagnosis II3 Credits
NURS 654Pediatric Assessment and Diagnosis Practicum II3 Credits

Online BSN to DNP PNP Concentration

Online Master of Science in Nursing — Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (MSN PNP)

You can complete your MSN PNP in as few as 40 months. Begin your coursework the semester after you enroll with three entry points per year (January, May, and August ).

Clinical Hour Requirements: 580 clinical hours completed over 3 semesters, though subject to change.

MSN | Core Courses

NURS 600Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS 601Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 3 Credits
NURS 602Health Care Policy3 Credits
NURS 610Health Promotion/Disease Prevention3 Credits
NURS 603Professional Role Development3 Credits
NURS 619Leadership and Quality 3 Credits
NURS 611Advanced Pathophysiology 3 Credits
NURS 612Advanced Health Assessment5 Credits
NURS 615Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics3 Credits

For the PNP concentration you will need:

NURS 650Health Promotion of the Pediatric Population3 Credits
NURS 651Pediatric Assessment and Diagnosis I3 Credits
NURS 652Pediatric Assessment and Diagnosis Practicum I3 Credits
NURS 653Pediatric Assessment and Diagnosis II3 Credits
NURS 654Pediatric Assessment and Diagnosis Practicum II3 Credits

Online MSN Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Certificate PNP Concentration

Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate — Pediatric (Primary Care) Nurse Practitioner

You can complete your certificate in 32 credits and 580 clinical hours total. You can begin your coursework the semester after you are accepted, with six entry points either in spring, summer, or fall.

Graduate Nursing Core Courses

NURS 603Professional Role Development3 Credits
NURS 610Health Promotion/Disease Prevention3 Credits

Nurse Practitioner Core Courses

NURS 611Advanced Pathophysiology 3 Credits
NURS 612Advanced Health Assessment5 Credits
NURS 615Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics3 Credits

For the PNP concentration you will need:

NURS 650Health Promotion of the Pediatric Population3 Credits
NURS 651Pediatric Assessment and Diagnosis I3 Credits
NURS 652Pediatric Assessment and Diagnosis Practicum I3 Credits
NURS 653Pediatric Assessment and Diagnosis II3 Credits
NURS 654Pediatric Assessment and Diagnosis Practicum II3 Credits

Online DNP-NP Program PNP Concentration

Doctor of Nursing Practice Foundation Courses (15 credit hours)

NURS 700Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics3 Credits
NURS 701Foundations of Clinical Scholarship3 Credits
NURS 702Integrating and Synthesizing Research3 Credits
NURS 612Advanced Health Assessment5 Credits
NURS 710Graduate Statistics 3 Credits

Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone Courses (18 credit hours)

NURS 703Ethics For Advanced Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS 704Quality and Patient Safety in Advanced Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS 705Clinical Inquiry I3 Credits
NURS 706Clinical Inquiry II3 Credits
NURS 707Clinical Inquiry III3 Credits
NURS 708Organizations Theory and Systems Leadership3 Credits

Graduate Nursing Core Courses (6 credit hours)

NURS 603Professional Role Development3 Credits
NURS 610Health Promotion/Disease Prevention3 Credits

Nurse Practitioner Core Courses (11 credit hours)

NURS 611Advanced Pathophysiology 3 Credits
NURS 612Advanced Health Assessment5 Credits
NURS 615Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics3 Credits

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (15 credit hours)

NURS 650Health Promotion of the Pediatric Population3 Credits
NURS 651Pediatric Assessment and Diagnosis I3 Credits
NURS 652Pediatric Assessment and Diagnosis Practicum I3 Credits
NURS 653Pediatric Assessment and Diagnosis II3 Credits
NURS 654Pediatric Assessment and Diagnosis Practicum II3 Credits