Primary Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner DNP
The Primary Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialty within the DNP program prepares pediatric nurses to care for children and improve systems of care for children and their families.
CPNP-PC graduates are prepared for clinical, educational and leadership roles in primary and specialty care of infants, children, youth and young adults.
At the University of Minnesota, Primary Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner students learn to provide comprehensive pediatric assessments and management of health and illness issues. They are prepared for leadership roles to improve care and systems within the context of the family, the community, and health systems.
They have expertise in child and family development with an added emphasis on caring for children with special health care needs across settings of care. Their education emphasizes health policy, evidence-based practice, informatics and program evaluation.
Length and commitment
- 3-year, full-time program
- On campus: Each semester for a 4-day session (Tuesday–Friday) that includes: core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses, advisor meetings; beginning second year of program: 1–2 days each week throughout the semester for coursework
- Clinical sites: Complete 1,000 hours at clinical sites arranged by the school
What makes our program distinct?
Our students gain clinical experience with expert clinicians at highly regarded children’s hospitals and a diverse array of primary care and specialty clinics
Since 1993 the Primary Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialty at the University of Minnesota has prepared outstanding nurse leaders who have developed unique roles caring for infants, children, youth and young adults and their families.
The care of individuals and families from diverse backgrounds is emphasized, with a strong focus on caring for those who have chronic illnesses or disabilities.
The Twin Cities metropolitan area and Greater Minnesota have multiple highly regarded children’s hospitals and a diverse array of primary care and specialty clinics. Primary Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner students gain clinical experience with expert clinicians where collaboration and care coordination are emphasized, including in schools and child care settings.
Our graduates are prepared to:
- Provide primary and specialty care to infants, children, adolescents and young adults
- Practice as pediatric primary care nurse practitioners in clinics, hospitals, schools and community health settings
- Serve as faculty members in schools of nursing
- Create policies and advocate for children and families at local, state and national level
- Expand the knowledge in the field through nursing scholarship
- Participate in and lead quality improvement initiatives in health care settings