Our Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program has ranked #8 in the U.S. News and World Report 2017 Rankings of Top Nursing Programs.
Congratulations on your decision to explore the role and profession of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP). If you are looking for a career to challenge your mind and warm your heart, you have made the right decision. Although PNPs practice in a variety of settings and fill a variety of roles, at the center of them all is the Primary Care PNP. This is truly the nuts and bolts of pediatrics.
The Primary Care PNP fills a special role in the lives of children of all ages, both sick and healthy. They have the unique privilege of watching young infants grow into young adults as family relationships are fostered. This makes for a most gratifying experience. More than just a skilled clinician, a PNP is a listener, a teacher, a confidant, and a role-model.
Choosing the University of Colorado to begin your journey on the path to become a PNP is an experience like no other.
- Not only will you get top-notch educational and clinical experiences.
- You will be among the few honored nurse practitioner students to walk in the foot-steps of the very first nurse practitioner.
- Fifty years ago, Loretta Ford, a nurse at the time, partnered with Dr. Henry Silver to create the first nurse practitioner program right here at the University of Colorado – and it just so happened to be for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners!
Since that time, we have continued the forward-thinking approach of Loretta Ford by teaching our Pediatric Nurse Practitioners how to learn about medicine and advanced practice nursing, not just memorize facts. We understand that the successful nurse practitioner must be equipped with the skills and desire for lifelong learning. “We seek to light fires, rather than fill vessels.”