Online Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)

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In nursing, three letters on your name tag can make a world of difference. Regis College’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program 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 76.3 million children in the U.S.,* while AANP reports that only 4% of nurse practitioners (NPs) are educated and 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 in providing quality advanced care to children and their families — all without interrupting their career.

*National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
**American Association of Nurse Practitioners

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Length: 28-36 months
Total Credits: 46-61

Application Deadlines:
Fall: 7/17/2023

Upcoming Start Dates:
Summer: 04/30/2023
Fall: 8/28/2023


Why Choose Regis for Your Online MSN in PNP?

100% online, flexible learning environment

Complete in as few as 28-36 months

Qualify to sit for PNCB certification

Our students had an 83% overall 2019 NP exam pass rate*

Transfer credits accepted

*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. ranked Regis #2 in Best Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs.

Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Regis College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education

Designated as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing 2008-2020

Ranked among the Top 25 Fastest-Growing Colleges by The Business Journals

Our Curriculum Can Prepare You for New Leadership Opportunities.

We’re here to support you. With several degrees 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. Our inclusive approach to leadership starts with three entry points:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing to MSN
  • Non-Nursing Bachelor’s to MSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing to MSN

Pediatric Nurse Practice by the Numbers


The average salary for pediatric nurse practitioners in the U.S. ( )


The percentage of nurse practitioners who specialize in pediatric primary care (AANP)


The average age of NPs working in the U.S. in 2021 (AANP)

Ways to Save on Your Tuition

Employee Discounts

Regis partner employees can receive a discount on their tuition. Find out if your employer is a partner.

Federal & Military Discounts
Federal government employees as well as active and reserve military and veterans are eligible for a 15% discount on tuition. Find out more.

Alumni Discounts
Regis alumni who have earned a previous degree from Regis are eligible for a 10% discount on tuition. Speak to an advisor for more information.

Financial Aid
We are here to support you through the process. Speak to an advisor to learn more.

Graduate Assistantship
Earn financial aid helping fellow students while also gaining valuable professional skills. Get more details.

Regis discounts cannot be combined with any other discount or scholarship offered by Regis. Some exceptions may apply.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for this program, you must meet the following qualifications:

Registered Nurse with Associate Degree Entry or Registered Nurse with Non-Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Entry:

  • An Associate Degree in Nursing or a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Active unencumbered RN license
  • Complete 15 bridge credit hours with a B or better
  • Must complete a college-level statistics course prior to the start of classes
  • For RNs with Associate Degree in Nursing, general education courses may be required, depending on student’s prior undergraduate coursework

Registered Nurse with Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Entry:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited institution and accredited program
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Active unencumbered RN license
  • Must complete a college-level statistics course prior to the start of classes

Application Requirements

You can begin your application process today. To get started you will need to submit the following:

  • Application form
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Proof of active unencumbered RN license
  • Current resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation

Online MSN in PNP Program Overview:

Check out this video overview of the online Master of Science in Nursing PNP program and get to know the PNP Program Director Dr. Michele Pedulla.

Online PNP Alumni Discusses Experience at Regis

Online MSN in PNP Alumni Chat:

Check out this video discussion with online MSN in PNP Regis alumni Heather Pomella,  MSN, RN, CPNP, CNRN and Assistant Dean of Online Graduate Nursing Programs and Associate Professor, Dr. Michelle Pedulla, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC.

What Can You Do with an MSN 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
  • Universities

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About Regis

As a leader in education, Regis is dedicated to offering programs with a holistic view of health care that are designed for the future of the field. Through cutting-edge coursework, industry-active faculty members, and an array of majors and graduate programs, Regis has been able to positively impact the educational community, health care landscape, and personal lives of students nationwide.

“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 closely 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 standard.