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.Get Curriculum Details
Length: 28-36 months
Total Credits: 46-61
Upcoming Start Dates:
*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.
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. (Payscale.com )
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)
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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
Meet Our Faculty
Cassandra Godzik, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNE
Associate Dean, Graduate Online NursingView Full Bio of Cassandra Godzik, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNE
Michele Pedulla, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC
Assistant Dean of Online Graduate Nursing and Associate ProfessorView Full Bio of Michele Pedulla, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC
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.