Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care

Beginning in the fall of 2021, the Post-Master’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner- Acute Care certificate option is designed for master’s or doctorally-prepared advanced practice nurses who were prepared as a pediatric nurse practitioner-primary care, clinical nurse specialist, neonatal nurse practitioner, or family nurse practitioner who desire additional education and training in caring for more acute, complex pediatric patients.  The applicant is required to be licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

Upon completion of the program, the student would be eligible to apply for pediatric nurse practitioner certification in acute care through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. This Post-Master’s Certificate option builds on the existing curriculum of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialty and assumes that the entering student has a master’s degree in nursing and a specialty in some aspect of pediatric, family, or parent-child nursing. 

The plan of study includes all the required courses currently offered in the PNP-AC specialty except for the research/statistics course. For purposes of student eligibility for certification, all PNP-AC required courses must be taken at the Yale School of Nursing or challenged by either examination or demonstration of similar course content in the student’s previous master’s program. A plan of study may be obtained from the specialty director.

Required courses for all post-master’s PNP-AC students will be determined based on the incoming student’s graduate academic record.