Pediatric Nurse Practitioner / Primary Care

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This advanced course of study is designed to prepare nurses for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) advanced practice role in primary care. PNPs provide comprehensive health promotion services to ambulatory pediatric clients, including infants, children, and adolescents and their families. They evaluate pediatric problems during initial contact with the primary care system, and also provide continuing care to children with acute illness and stable chronic illness. Students are prepared to provide care that is evidence-based, collaborative, and reflective of an understanding of current health care delivery, as well as, economic, ethical, and professional issues.

Each student’s program is individualized to the student’s interests and needs through clinical placements, papers, presentations, and elective courses. BSN to MSN students can complete the program in four semesters and one intervening summer practicum.

Clinical Placements

The program is enhanced by its location near two university-based tertiary care pediatric medical centers where placements are available both in inpatient and ambulatory settings and on specialized health care teams. In addition, multidisciplinary developmental centers, child health teams in public health departments, community hospitals, private physicians’ offices, health maintenance organizations, and numerous others clinical sites are used. Placements can be made throughout the state through arrangements with the statewide Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program.

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How to Apply


School of Nursing
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Office of Student Affairs
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460
(919) 966-4260