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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.

Certification and Licensure

The University of Mississippi School of Nursing's Master of Science in Nursing Acute/Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, an Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) program leading to licensure and/or advanced practice certification/endorsement, satisfies the requirements set forth by the governing body in the State of Mississippi. Completion of the MSN Acute/Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track also qualifies graduates to take the Pediatric Primary Care NP/American Nurses Credentialing Center's Examination, the Pediatric Primary Care NP/American Nurses Credentialing Board's Examination and the Pediatric NP Acute Care/Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. Please be advised that the requirements for Acute/Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner licensure and/or advanced practice certification/endorsement vary from state to state. If you are interested in the University of Mississippi School of Nursing's MSN Acute/Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track, please check with the appropriate nursing licensing body in the state where you intend to practice to verify that the desired program will meet the eligibility criteria for the professional credentials you seek.

For more information

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

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