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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Master's Specialties

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

The College of Nursing Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) specialty focuses on the delivery of primary health care to infants, children and adolescents. This program is currently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 5th best PNP program in the nation.

A post-graduate certificate is available in this specialty.  Please see the overview of the post-graduate certificate.

Gainful Employment and Program Statistics for Post-Master's 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

Gainful Employment Disclosure-PDF

Program Plan

The core curriculum provides students with an in-depth understanding of advanced nursing practice and enables them to apply this understanding to a variety of settings, such as community health centers, day care programs, chronic care facilities, hospital and other outpatient facilities, private practice offices, schools, health departments and homes.

PNP curricular content includes growth and development, pathophysiology, pharmacology, health promotion, ethics, assessment (physical, developmental, family, cultural, community and environmental), laboratory skills and the diagnosis and management of behavioral problems and childhood illnesses, including both acute and chronic conditions. There is a special emphasis on evidence-based practice throughout the program.

Master of Science in Nursing Core Courses
Advanced Practice Core Courses Required for Specialty Option
Required Courses for Specialty Option
Total Credits for PNP


The specialty program plan outlines the courses that are offered for the pediatric nurse practitioner program.


Upon completion of the nursing program, students will be prepared to incorporate pertinent knowledge, values and abilities for direct and indirect provider roles to

  • Implement caring and competent nursing practice with individuals, families and communities based on understanding the human experiences of health, illness and healing.
  • Integrate the ethical use of technology and information systems to augment the human capacity for health, facilitate decision-making, support collaboration and foster communication.
  • Promote health of local to global communities through promoting safe environments and safe and effective health care addressing the interaction among individuals, communities and their environmental contexts.
  • Manage care to achieve quality, cost-effective and ethical outcomes in the delivery of health care for individuals, families and populations.
  • Engage in leadership to promote social justice related to access, quality and socio-cultural acceptability of health care through relationship-centered caring, advocacy and empowerment.
  • Negotiate and adapt the delivery and management of health care and health care systems for diverse populations and environments.
  • Practice relationship-centered caring through self-awareness, by developing and maintaining respectful relationships, communicating effectively, and integrating the influence of the human experience of health, illness and healing.
  • Practice nursing reflectively, guided by theory, based on best evidence and integrating creative and critical thinking.
  • Participate in generating and testing knowledge regarding nursing, health care and reflective caring practice.
  • Actively engage in self-directed learning to maintain state-of-the-art nursing practice and to facilitate the education of future practitioners, paraprofessionals and healthy communities.


Faculty members are one of the cornerstones of any program. They provide direction for the curriculum, incorporate their research endeavors into their teaching, provide guidance to learners, serve as mentors and create innovative learning opportunities.

The CU College of Nursing is fortunate to have a cadre of extremely well-qualified faculty and associates who teach, conduct research and serve as preceptors and mentors for our students. Our faculty are located in Colorado and across the United States. Our faculty are extremely committed to the discipline of nurse midwifery, serve on many national and international boards and are leaders in several professional organizations.

Please look at the expert pediatric nurse practitioner specialists that are part of our master’s program:

Vicki Erickson Ann Petersen-Smith
Lynn Gilbert Neva Jarvis
Gennifer Guistina Julie Ernest
Margaret Sobocinski Lisa Kantor


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How do I apply and get information for the CU-UNITE multidisciplinary urban underserved track?

What is CU - UNITE?

The Colorado Urban UNderserved Interprofessional Health Training & Education track (CU-UNITE) is a new longitudinal curriculum for students at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, College of Nursing Nurse Practitioner Program and the Child Health Associate/ Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) Program. The CU-UNITE track is specially designed for students interested in working with urban underserved communities. The track will provide the skills and support needed for future health care providers serving urban underserved populations.

Note: This track is open only to students who have been accepted into the program.

Why Should I Consider CU - UNITE?

If you are passionate about working with ethnically and racially diverse populations, serving the uninsured and those with limited access to health care in urban areas, then CU-UNITE is for you. Students completing the CU-UNITE curriculum will have a thorough understanding of healthcare disparities and inequities, the multifaceted role of the health care provider in urban communities, and knowledge about health issues of specific populations of patients in urban areas.

For more information, visit the CU-UNITE page.