The U.S. News and World Report 2017 Rankings of Top Nursing Programs are out, and our Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program has ranked #8.
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 PNP’s 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, but 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
to learn 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.”)
Our program started out as the first of its kind,
and the PNPs that leave our program are one-of-a-kind!
post-graduate certificate is available in this specialty. Please see the overview of the
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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 Nurse Practitioner
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