Acute Care Pediatric Nurse
Practitioner (ACPNP)

Allen College offers the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner master's degree in response to the need for advanced practice nurses.  Acutely ill patients, including pediatric patients, increasingly dominate the inpatient population. According to the AACN (2017), the population for the acute care NP is either pediatric or adult-gerontology patients with acute, critical, and/or complex chronic illnesses or injury. The population served is determined by the educational preparation of the acute care nurse practitioner. Allen College provides the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track to prepare nurse practitioners for practice in the acute care pediatric setting.

A post-graduate certificate program is available for individuals who already hold an MSN degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the role of the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner?

The Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (ACPNP) diagnoses and treats acutely, critically, and/or chronically ill children, from newborn to age 21. They counsel and care for children, coordinate interdisciplinary care and referrals, and assist children and their families through treatment milestones and difficult life-cycle moments.

Who can apply for the Allen College Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program?

Registered nurses with a bachelor's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited school may apply. (Students who hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing may also apply. They will be required to take undergraduate courses in statistics, nursing research and community health prior to enrollment in certain master's level courses in addition to holding an associate degree in nursing). A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is required. A minimum of 800 hours of clinical nursing experience as a registered nurse is required for enrollment in courses with a clinical/practicum requirement.   Registered nurses who already hold a master’s degree (MSN), may also apply for the post-graduate certificate for ACPNP.

In which settings to Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners work?

ACPNPs may work in a variety of settings: hospitals, pediatric intensive care units, neonatal intensive care units, pediatric emergency departments, and numerous sub-specialty pediatric clinics.

How are clinical preceptors chosen?

For the most part, students will identify their own preceptors. This enables students to choose the types of experiences they feel they need/want the most. It also enables them to choose preceptors that might be closer and more convenient for them. There is assistance available for students who need help in securing preceptors. The Clinical Coordinator can provide suggestions or placement. Students may also elect to participate in one of Allen College’s Dedicated Education Clinics (DEC).

Is nurse practitioner certification currently available? What are its requirements? Where would I find out more information?

Steps to become a certified ACPNP.