Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

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The role of nurse practitioner specializing in Pediatric Nursing is offered at the University of South Alabama College of Nursing. The MSN program prepares graduates for advanced nursing practice and for doctoral study. Graduates of the program are able to synthesize and apply advanced knowledge, theories, and research to a specialized area of nursing practice and function as leaders in practice to contribute to the advancement of the nursing profession.

A common core of courses are offered online including concepts, theory, research, and issues related to advanced nursing practice. Clinical requirements can usually be completed with preceptors in the students’ home community.

▼   NP Clinical Skills Intensive

All students in the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty are required to attend a mandatory Clinical Skills Intensive session provided by the USA Simulation Program on the USA campus during the fall term in which they are registered for MCN 548 and MCN 551. Students have the opportunity to request their preferred session on a first come, first serve basis through the simulation department after the request is sent out during the spring term.  Various clinical skills workshops will be held during the orientation. 

Please note the dates listed are for Clinical Skills Intensives only. The coordinator for each specialty track will provide full orientation dates:

Pediatric Primary Care NP Clinical Skills Intensive Session Dates:

  • Session 1 - August 8-9, 2022 (M/T)
  • Session 2 - August 10-11, 2022 (W/Th)

Please note the dates listed are for Clinical Skills Intensives provided by the USA Simulation Program only. The coordinator for each specialty track will provide full orientation dates.

▼   Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

BSN-MSN students complete all support, MSN core, and MSN specialty courses for a total of 45 credit hours.  The MSN degree must be completed within five years of matriculation.

Support Courses
NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 credit hours
NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 credit hours
NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 credit hours
MSN Core Courses
NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Healthcare 3 credit hours
NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credit hours
NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credit hours
Pediatric Primary NP Specialty Courses
MCN 548 – Introduction to Pediatric Primary Care NP 3 credit hours
MCN 551 – Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Pediatric Primary Care NP 2 credit hours
MCN 552 – Pediatric Primary Care NP I 3 credit hours
MCN 553 – Pediatric Primary Care NP Practicum I - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours
MCN 554 – Pediatric Primary Care NP Nursing II 3 credit hours
MCN 555 – Pediatric Primary Care NP Practicum II - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours
MCN 556 – Pediatric Primary Care NP Practicum III - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credit hours
MCN 557 – Pediatric Primary Care NP III 3 credit hours
RN to MSN students who are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a non-nursing discipline must also complete the following courses.
RN-MSN Courses
NU 404 - Evidence Based Practice & Informatics 3 credit hours
NU 450 - Leadership & Management Roles for Professional Nursing Practice 4 credit hours
NU 452 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health 4 credit hours
▼   Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Certification

The University of South Alabama Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program provides the skills necessary for a rewarding career. Graduates are eligible and prepared to complete the appropriate national certification exam and apply for licensure to practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). It is the graduate’s responsibility to ensure the program meets the requirements to practice in their selected state or U.S. territory.


Please feel free to contact Dr. Ashley Marass for more information about this specialty: