In nursing, three letters on your name tag can make a world of difference. Regis College’s online Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program, part of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), can do more than help you establish your reputation as an expert in health care; it can help you master every aspect of pediatric patient care.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2030 there will be 75.7 million children in the U.S., while the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) reports that only about 3% of nurse practitioners (NPs) are certified as PNPs , creating a critical shortage. Our online MSN PNP program is designed to help future advanced practice nurses enhance their knowledge, hone their skills, and meet the demand for advanced care for children and their families — all without interrupting their career.Get Curriculum Details
Length: 28-36 months
Total Credits: 46-61
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Benefits of an Online Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program
In as little as 28 months, students in the online MSN PNP program at Regis College can earn their degree and prepare for advanced pediatric nursing roles.
The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program prioritizes flexibility, allowing you to complete your coursework online while meeting clinical requirements in your area — an ideal arrangement for nursing professionals with busy lives.
As part of our inclusive approach to nursing education, we also offer three entry points to the online PNP program, allowing us to meet learners where they are in their academic journey:
- Associate Degree in Nursing to MSN
- Non-Nursing Bachelor’s to MSN
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing to MSN
What Can You Do with an Online PNP Degree?
Treating children requires PNPs to be especially observant, as children are not always able to effectively communicate their health issues. PNPs interact with family members more than any other caregiving discipline and perform a wide range of duties, including:
- Diagnosing, treating, and managing pediatric illnesses
- Evaluating childhood growth patterns
- Designing home care plans for families of children with special needs
- Providing caregiver education about conditions and development
Where Do Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Work?
Like all nurse practitioners, pediatric nurse practitioners are in high demand due to changes in health care law, rising standards in primary care, and the need to replace retiring nurses. That means pediatric nurse degree holders can pursue a wealth of opportunities and take their expertise to a variety of work settings, including:
- Hospital Outpatient Clinics
- Outpatient Pediatric Specialty Clinics
- Primary Care (school-based clinics, health departments, community clinics, and private primary care practices)
- Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health
- Physician Offices
What Is the Typical Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Salary?
Due to their expertise and the high demand for their services, pediatric nurse practitioners can earn competitive salaries.
The median annual salary for a pediatric nurse practitioner was approximately $96,300 in March 2023, according to Payscale. Several factors, such as setting and level of experience, can affect individual salaries.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Job Outlook
Nurse practitioners benefit from a strong job outlook. Fueled by growing demand for primary and preventive care, employment of nurse practitioners is projected to grow by 46% from 2021 to 2031, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That translates into more than 112,000 new nurse practitioner jobs.
Additionally, a critical shortage in the number of PNPs, as reported by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, means job opportunities for RNs trained as pediatric NPs will be plentiful.
*Based on Regis online and on-campus NP exam pass rates
The online MSN is a virtual extension of our highly regarded on campus program, one of the largest nurse practitioner programs in Massachusetts. The Regis School of Nursing was the first in New England to be designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nursing.
At Regis, we work directly with active nursing professionals, which means our PNP program incorporates insider perspective on the leadership qualities the field demands to help you build those skills. With our MSN, you can develop important leadership qualities, such as critical thinking, professional and interpersonal communication, effective decision-making, patience, and more.
Master’s Programs Guide ranked Regis #16 in 50 Best Online Master of Science in Nursing Programs.
RegisteredNursing.org ranked Regis #2 in Best Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs.
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Online Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program Curriculum
We’re here to support you. With several levels of student support, no GRE requirements, and a flexible learning environment, we’re breaking down barriers that often prevent bright minds from reaching their full potential in advanced practice.
The online Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program incorporates core MSN classes along with specialized coursework focused on pediatric care. You’ll study advanced health assessment, community-based nursing, and nurse leadership during the core curriculum, which also incorporates clinical hours. The pediatrics curriculum trains aspiring nurse practitioners in the primary care of the child through coursework and clinical seminars. You can also choose from several electives, such as Advanced Psychopharmacology and Care of the Childbearing Woman.
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Meet Our Online Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program Faculty
E. Brooke Hamilton, DNP, APRN, BCPNP-PC
Assistant Dean of Online Graduate NursingView Full Bio of E. Brooke Hamilton, DNP, APRN, BCPNP-PC
Michele Pedulla, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC
Associate Dean, Online Graduate Nursing and Associate ProfessorView Full Bio of Michele Pedulla, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC
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“In recent years, Regis has become a powerhouse in professional and graduate education in nursing and health sciences. As a result, our university has become increasingly visible locally, nationally, and internationally.”
Dr. Antoinette Hays RN, Ph.D.
When you choose Regis, you join a close-knit community with big university benefits. As a Regis student, you have the opportunity to build a solid health care foundation, lasting professional connections, and the specialized expertise you need to expand your skills and perspective. Prepare to enter in-demand fields such as nursing and health administration confidently with an education of the highest caliber.