Pediatric Nursing Colleges in Virginia - VA
Training to become a pediatric nurse practitioner in Virginia is offered at the graduate education level. After receiving a license to practice registered nursing, one may choose to enroll in pediatric nurse practitioner programs online or through one of Virginia’s nursing schools. Most of these programs require that one also possess a bachelor’s degree (which may or may not be a nursing degree) in addition to having completed an undergraduate statistics course.
Pediatric nurse practitioner training may last for two years, commonly resulting in a master’s degree; four years, resulting in a doctorate; or for candidates who already have a Master’s of Science in Nursing, a post-master’s certificate which takes about a year to complete may be obtained.
Courses and clinical experience are combined in pediatric nurse practitioner programs, with classes taken in-person or online, in addition to 500 to 600 hours of clinical experience gained at area hospitals and medical facilities. Examples of possible Virginia facilities that could play host to a student’s clinical experience include Saint Mary’s Hospital, the University of Virginia Medical Center, Inova Fairfax Hospital and Lynchburg General Hospital.
Most pediatric nurse practitioner programs also include sitting for a national certification examination at the conclusion of studies, as being nationally certified by a recognized professional organization is a requirement of the Virginia Board of Nursing.