Frequently Asked

Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (ACPNP)

Role of the ACPNP
Who can apply for the Allen College ACPNP Program
ACPNP employment
Choosing clinical preceptors
Nurse practitioner certification information

What is the role of the ACPNP?

The 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.

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Who can apply for the Allen College ACPNP 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.

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In which settings to ACPNP 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.

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How are clinical preceptors chosen?

Clinical placement is under the direct supervision of the Clinical Coordinator, Nurse Practitioner track leads and course faculty. Students may provide input in the selection process by identifying potential preceptors. Students may also elect to participate in one of Allen College’s Dedicated Education Clinics (DECs).

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