Pediatric Nursing Colleges in New Mexico - NM
Pediatric nurse practitioner programs in New Mexico prepare nurses to successfully complete a national certification examination which tests their knowledge and skill in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric health care issues. The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board offers exams to certify more than 95% of pediatric nurse practitioners. They offer two different examinations, one for primary care and one for acute care pediatric nurse practitioners.
Candidates who have successfully passed the national certification exam must apply for advanced practice licensure through the New Mexico Board of Nursing. In addition to passing the national certification exam, the requirements for licensure include current New Mexico registered nurse license, and successful completion of a formal, accredited program of study.
A typical program of study for pediatric nurse practitioners may include more than 45 credit hours of coursework and more than 700 hours of supervised clinical experience. Some core courses, as well as some specialty courses, may be available as online classes. Many clinical experiences may require travel to rural facilities. Clinical experiences may be set up in 5-6 week blocks of time between in-class course sessions, while others may take place concurrently. Core course topics include in-depth study of physical assessment and diagnosis, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and pathophysiology.