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Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


The Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (AC PNP) Specialty is designed to prepare graduates to care for children with complex acute, critical and chronic illness across the entire pediatric age spectrum, from birth to young adulthood, and across the continuum of care settings. These settings include critical care units, emergency departments, inpatient units and ambulatory/specialty based clinics.

We also offer a post-graduate certificate with an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner specialty. For the AC PNP post-graduate certificate, preference is given to applicants with current CPNP-PC or FNP-BC certification; and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification.​

Plans of Study

The majority of Clinical Placements take place at Children’s Hospital Colorado, a nationally ranked Top 10 Academic Pediatric Tertiary Care Facility.

*Additional Certificate Information Post-Graduate Certificate Information

A post-graduate certificate is available in this specialty.​

Gainful Employment and Program Statistics for Post-Graduate Certificate

For more information regarding graduation rates, the median debt of students completing our certificate programs and other important information, please visit the University of Colorado Denver Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.​​​​​​​​

Nursing Post Masters Certificate ‑ Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner ​Gainful Employment Disclosure​

How long is the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program?
  • For the MS degree, the full time program plan of study takes 3 years to complete (9 terms).
  • For the BS-DNP degree, the program plan of study takes 4.5 years to complete (13 terms).
  • The Post-Graduate Certificate program plan of study is a minimum of 1.5 years (4 terms), based on gap analysis of prior PNP or FNP program done upon admission.

Are clinical hours required?

You must complete a total of 585 hours (13 credit hours at 45 hours per credit) in approved acute care settings over 5 terms.

Is the program online?

The AC PNP Specialty courses are online except for clinical experiences and approximately two class seminars for each didactic course, and a monthly clinical conference when students are in clinical.

Will this prepare me to sit for acute care certification?

Yes, this was designed to allow you to sit for the pediatric acute care certification through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

When do you accept applications?

We only admit students for the fall semester each year for this specialty.