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Acute/Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Providing high-quality, compassionate, family-centered, culturally competent, evidenced-based health care to children up to 21 years of age in the primary and acute-care setting is the role of the acute/primary care pediatric nurse practitioner. This dual-advanced nursing degree will prepare you to take boards for each specialization and practice in both the primary and acute-care setting. If pediatrics is your first love and you have at least one year of experience in pediatrics, the Acute/Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track may be for you!

Mississippi's only Acute/Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track

The Acute/Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track is the only one of its kind in the state of Mississippi. With this degree, you will receive state-of-the-art education, clinical experiences and personalized training in a variety of settings at the only Children's Hospital and Pediatric ED in the state. There are 990 clinical hours required for successful completion of this dual track, and these clinical hours are under the mentorship of well-trained and well-qualified nurse practitioners and physicians.  All clinical hours must be completed within the state of Mississippi. Upon completion of this track, you will be equipped to manage patients ranging from common pediatric illnesses to the complex, ongoing, in-patient, critical-care pediatric patient.

Plans of study and course scheduling

The Acute/Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track offers a curriculum taught by well-prepared faculty using a combination of online, on-campus and hybrid methods. State-of-the-art simulation labs are utilized to teach complex pediatric procedures. Not only do our students benefit from the low faculty-to-student ratio and personalized attention we provide, but also from the enhanced learning experiences that occur when collaborating with other classmates who have diverse backgrounds and skill sets.

Flexible plans of study are available and are designed by faculty with individual consideration given to students' goals and geographic locations. Students will be given an individualized plan of study appropriate for their role by their academic adviser upon enrollment, and applicants who already have a nurse practitioner certification in another area will have a shorter plan of study.

For more information

For additional general information regarding the Acute/Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track, you may email or call (601) 815-0124.

For more specific information please contact the individual track director listed on this graduate contacts page.