Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, MSN

Penn is a nationally recognized leader in training excellent nurse practitioners for primary care practice. As you study with us, you’ll learn all of the pediatric nurse practitioners’ responsibilities, including well-child care, sick exams, health counseling, telephone management, behavioral issues, conducting research, providing education, and impacting public policy. The goal will be for you to be able to practice these roles in an autonomous fashion, in collaboration with a physician or as a leader of an interdisciplinary team. Coursework for the NP program includes core graduate courses, electives, and a group of six clinical courses that must be taken together. 


A total of 12 course units are required. We also provide a plan of study for full time students, and two year and three year plans of study for part time students.

Core Courses
NURS 608Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Nursing Practice1
NURS 657Advanced Physical Assessment and Clinical Decision Making1
NURS 685Advanced Developmental Physiology and Pathophysiology1
NURS 547Scientific Inquiry for Evidence-based Practice1
or NURS 637 Introduction to Research Methods and Design
Theory Courses
NURS 656Professional Role Issues for Nurse Practitioners1
NURS 658Clinical Management of Primary Care with Young Families1
NURS 720Nursing of Children Theory I: Child and Family Development1
Clinical Courses
NURS 659Clinical Practicum: Primary Care with Young Families1
NURS 660Clinical Practice with Select Populations: Adolescents1
NURS 663Advanced Concepts in Primary Care1
Elective Courses
Select 2 graduate level NURS electives2
Total Course Units12

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.