Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care Program
Program of Study
- Required courses for program.
The primary care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Program prepares graduates to provide health care to infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The program emphasis is on health promotion, prevention, and management of acute, episodic, and stable chronic illnesses. PNPs work in pediatric offices and clinics, school based health centers, emergency departments and subspecialty practices. They provide routine health maintenance including well child exams and developmental screenings, diagnose and treat common illnesses, provide anticipatory guidance regarding common health concerns, provide immunizations, perform school physicals, interpret results from lab and diagnostic tests, and order medications and therapeutic treatments.
The program curriculum is based on the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) core competencies and the Core Curriculum for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner recommendations from the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). The program is approved by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and graduates are eligible to take the primary care PNP exam.
The UIC primary care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Program is a well-established and successful program. Faculty facilitate diverse clinical experiences in a variety of settings and students have the opportunity to participate in a service learning experience in Haiti with UIC faculty and students from other UIC APN programs. The certification pass rate of graduates over the past 15 years is 100%. The current job market for PNPs in Illinois and nationally is robust and our graduates are highly valued by employers.
General Information about PNPs is available on the professional organization (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners) web site: http://www.napnap.org
Information on Certification can be found on the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board web site: http://www.pncb.org
Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
9605 Medical Center Drive Suite 250
Rockville, MD 20850