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University of South Florida College of Nursing












Pediatric Nurse

Prac-titioner Master’s



Pediatric Nurse Practitioners promote wellness and disease prevention,

treat illness, and manage chronic illness of infants, children, adolescents and their families. The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner provides health care to children from birth through age 21 in a variety of settings from the primary care office, to clinics and hospitals. As a USF Pediatric Nurse Practitioner you will be prepared to implement evidence-based practice guidelines and to critically analyze and adapt health care interventions based on the individual needs of each patient. USF will prepare you with the knowledge of the specific healthcare issues of people from diverse populations and to practice as part of an interprofessional healthcare team. Make a difference to individuals and groups of workers as a USF Pediatric Nurse Practitioner! Why Pediatric Nurse Practitioner?


Make a difference in the life of the child, their family or caregiver


Manage the full spectrum of healthcare: common, chronic & prevention


Provide healthcare across the continuum from infants to adolescents


Implement patient-centered, evidence-based treatment strategies


Promote disease prevention and cost effective health management


Practice in a variety of pediatric health care settings


Practice in a interprofessional healthcare team for optimal patient care

Why USF?


USF is the fastest growing research university in the nation


USF is ranked 8th as an ‘up and coming’ university, in the 2012 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges


USF ranks among Forbes America’s Best Colleges 2011


USF is ranked 5th Most Veteran Friendly School in the U.S. Why USF Nursing?


One of only four PNP programs in Florida recognized by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board


Nationally-renowned faculty with real world experience


Graduates are prepared to sit for national certification as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Corporation or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

The College of Nursing’s advisors are ready and standing by to speak with you about this out-of-the-box Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program. USF Nursing is Transforming Healthcare, Transforming Lives: Creating the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow and the Research that Improves Health.

Dianne Morrison-Beedy

Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN

Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health Dean, College of Nursing



SF Health lives its mission of Making Life Better. We are taking an active role in breaking through barriers of traditional healthcare models through interprofessional education and

research involving everyone in USF Health: Nursing, Medicine, Public Health, Physical Therapy, and Pharmacy.”

- Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA Senior Vice President, USF Health Dean, Morsani College of Medicine


ediatric Nurse Practitioners are prepared at USF to take on the full scope of the role, providing healthcare to children of all ages, diverse populations and cultures, and to become leaders in interprofessional healthcare teams. USF PNPs are well prepared and consistently score high on national certification exams, and the USF PNP concentration is one of only four in Florida recognized by the p

ediatric Nursing Certification Board. If you have a passion for pediatric healthcare, and the drive to become the best, then you need to be in the USF Pediatric Nurse Practitioner master’s program!

- Kennel, Susan E. PhD, PNP, FAANP

Concentration Director, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) USF College of Nursing


t USF, Pediatric NPs will be prepared not only to deal with the unique healthcare needs of children, their families and caregivers - but will also be prepared to manage patient care as part of interprofessional teams required to handle the complex demands of prevention, diagnoses and treatment of illness. The faculty and program at USF are the best anywhere. Our PNPs are highly sought professionals, so if you want the best join the Bulls at USF!

- Brian Graves, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC Assistant Dean, Master’s Program USF College of Nursing


Finish in 2 Easy Steps!

Program plan


Bold curriculum designed for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners


Part time students can complete entire program in 7 semesters


45 credit hours


Full time plans available

STEP 1 - Complete core

Master’s courses

Graduate/Advanced Nursing Core Courses


Health Promotion Theories and Strategies


Physiology & Pathophysiology


Pharmacology for Advanced Practice


Research and Evidence Based Practice


Systems & Populations in Healthcare


Organizational & Professional Dimensions


Health Assessment: Advanced Generalist


Advanced Diagnostics & Procedures


STEP 2 - Complete Pediatric

clinical courses

Pediatric clinical courses


Primary Care of Children and Adolescents I


Primary Care of Children and Adolescents II


Primary Care of Children and Adolescents:

Special Topics











Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

“PNPs serve as pediatric health care

providers for well and ill children of all ages.

Many parents choose a PNP as their child’s

health care provider knowing they will

receive individualized quality health care.

PNPs may practice in a variety of settings

that include but are not limited to primary

care settings, such as pediatric offices or

clinics, as well as acute care settings, such

as hospitals, surgical centers or speciality


- What is a PNP?

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners October 3, 2011

You are ready, and so are we!

Apply online today!


Transform Healthcare, Transform Lives

as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner!

We had the equipment and tools we needed to be successful, not to just get by. But the mind set instructors gave us was to be aware that in nursing you have to think outside of the box. The USF PNP program prepared me to be successful in an environment where there are many disadvantages and to turn them into opportunities to make the quality of life in a small community better. In rural medicine you have to figure out how to get things done and still provide the best care. The USF College of Nursing is first-rate!”

– Neil Melvin, MSN, ARNP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Horizon Pediatrics, Live Oak, FL

I am proud to have coordinated the first Pediatric Nurse Practit

ioner Boot Camp at the USF Nursing Virtual Simulation Center, with hands-o

n pediatric and adolescent clinical assessment skills to familiarize studen

ts with the components of infant, pediatric, and adolescent physical exams. The boot camp provides nurse practitioner students with hands-on skills,

comfort and confidence, and also provides a forum where they can ask fac

ulty questions and receive feedback in a nonthreatening and non-pres

sure atmosphere. This is one of many out-of-the-box initiatives that

make USF Nursing the only place for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner educati


– Alicia Rossiter, MSN, ARNP, FNP, PNP-BC Coordinator, Graduate Simulation USF College of Nursing

“I began my career as a maternal child staff nurse working in the high risk obstetrics unit at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Six years later, I received my master’s degree with a focus in pediatrics from the USF College of Nursing. I was able to apply what I learned to implement the Mothers’ Own Milk program on the importance of breast feeding at St. Joseph’s funded by the March of Dimes. It was a transformation process and, I realized I could be a leader - You don’t have to be in a position of authority to be a leader.”

– Jessica Gordon, MS, ARNP, CPNP-PC, CLC Lactation Coordinator



Our friendly admissions team is prepared to answer your questions and discuss with you the requirements for applying:


Bachelor’s degree (BS) with a major in Nursing from a regionally accredited college or university


Competitive GPA of 3.0 or higher on all upper level baccalaureate coursework


Evidence of current RN Licensure in good standing

Dual degrees applicants may have additional requirements from the College of Public Health.

If you are an RN with a bachelor degree in a major other than nursing, you may also apply. Additional course requirements may apply, and our admissions team will be happy to discuss this option.

So,what are

you waiting


Compare us to any program.

We are nationally accredited by:


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at the BS, MS and DNP levels


The Council for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs

We are fully approved by:


The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board


The Florida Board of Nursing

The University of South Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels.


PhD programs are approved by the USF Graduate School.

Take the Next Step:

Ask a question:


Get an answer at the Online Answer Center.

Attend live Information Sessions:


Held at the College of Nursing.

Contact us:


Director - cburns@health.usf.edu or (813) 245-4550 cell


Advisor - nurstudent@health.usf.edu or (813) 974-2191


University of South Florida College of Nursing 12901 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, MDC Box 22 Tampa, FL 33612 (813) 974-2191 health.usf.edu/nursing

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