Pediatric Nursing Colleges in Pennsylvania - PA

A survey of pediatric nurse practitioners conducted by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) found that 85% of the PNPs surveyed held a master’s nursing degree, while three percent held a doctoral degree in nursing research, and less than one percent held a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Pediatric nurse practitioner programs in Pennsylvania, as elsewhere, are graduate level education programs. One must first obtain an RN (registered nurse) license in Pennsylvania before entering PNP training programs, which are available at colleges and online universities.

PNP programs usually last about two years. Students studying to be pediatric nurse practitioners take classes such as pediatric pharmacology, physiology, pathophysiology, epidemiology, research methods and design, nursing of children theory, and clinical management.

n addition, PNP students will have at least a semester-long clinical practicum in which they get to put into practice the abilities and competencies they have learned in the classroom or online. PNP students work with children in real medical settings, such as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Temple University Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital.

Opportunities for employment after graduation exist not only within medical facilities like these but also in doctor’s offices, clinics, schools, and home health agencies, as well as in business and commercial industry.

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