Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner Primary Care/Acute Care (MS)

Program Description

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs) assess, diagnose, and treat infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. PNP students in each of our programs are educated on principles of growth and development and the analysis, interpretation, and application of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and clinical research, to determine treatment plans. PNPs are educated to be leaders in pediatric healthcare and to advocate for all patients and their families.

Our program prepares RNs with baccalaureate degrees and at least one year of experience in an acute care pediatrics setting to excel as pediatric nurse practitioners. Our combined Pediatric Primary Care/Acute Care program will educate students to practice in acute care settings, primary care settings, and specialty settings caring for the pediatric/adolescent and young adult populations with chronic illnesses.

Students graduate with an MS degree and are eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). Students are eligible to become certified as:

  1. Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care (CPNP-PC)
  2. Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care (CPNP-AC).

By 2024, the PNCB will require graduates from all PNP programs to take and pass the certification examination within five years of graduation. The PNCB requires annual educational activities and/or clinical practice documentation to maintain certification.

NYU Meyers PNP graduates are employed throughout the United States and recognized as leaders in pediatric healthcare. PNPs are strong advocates for healthcare policies designed to improve the health and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.


  • The Pediatrics Acute Care courses are presented using a hybrid model with online interactive, synchronous educational instruction and two on-campus meetings at mid-semester and at the end of each semester.
  • Direct contact and interactions with expert pediatric faculty throughout the program.
  • Interactive educational experiences supported by the principles of problem-based learning to develop critical thinking and case analysis skills.
  • Clinical placements with expert certified PNPs in primary, specialty care, and acute settings.    
  • Individualized attention to developing personal strengths and goals.
  • Engage in clinical simulation experiences with Standardized Patients to assure mastery of core competencies relevant to pediatric clinical practice.
  • Opportunities for interprofessional education and clinical practice.
  • Graduates have entry-level expertise in the delivery of evidence-based healthcare.
  • Graduates are prepared to be effective team members in population-based quality improvement projects.


  • Promote the highest quality of care for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults regardless of the acuity level of care needed: primary, specialty, or acute.
  • Analyze the physical, emotional, behavioral, social, and economic impact of treatment planning on culturally diverse clients using patient-centered, family-centered frameworks.
  • Participate in collaborative practice with other healthcare professionals in designing a comprehensive approach to acute and chronic care of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
  • Critique clinical practice guidelines, relevant research, and quality improvement studies to determine best practices for the care of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults who present for primary, episodic, or acute care healthcare visits.
  • Evaluate leadership and advocacy roles of PNPs in influencing health policy and healthcare delivery systems on children and families across diverse settings.
  • Develop professional writing and scholarly presentation skills.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning to maintain clinical competence in an ever-changing healthcare environment.
  • Examine and implement the principles of telehealth and telemedicine in pediatric practices.
  • Apply the principles of population health and culturally sensitive health care to all pediatric/adolescent/young adult populations with emphasis on meeting the needs of the medically underserved urban and rural communities for all acuity levels of care: primary, specialty, or acute.
  • Analyze, implement, and evaluate the outcomes of evidence-based practices for infants/children/adolescents/young adults for all acuity levels of care.
  • Implement the findings from quality improvement (QI) projects to continuously improve care at all acuity levels.

MS Specialty Sequences

The College of Nursing offers specialty sequences for graduate students in:

  • Holistic Nursing
  • Palliative Care
  • Substance Use Disorders

See Academic Programs | Master's (MS) for more information.

Practicum Opportunities

  • Clinical placements are arranged by faculty for each student to achieve their personal and professional practice goals.
  • Students have placements in pediatric primary and acute care clinical practices; in pediatric specialty practices, e.g., pediatric pulmonary, cardiovascular, oncology, endocrine, musculoskeletal settings, and in hospitals.
  • Students have one-to-one experiences in clinical settings with expert pediatric nurse practitioners who guide and evaluate student learning in conjunction with the Program Director to assure individual student success in each clinical course and upon graduation.


Access the application for our MS programs. All applicants to our MS programs are required to submit the following documents at the time of application:

  1. One (1) transcript from each post-secondary school attended. We can review applications with unofficial transcripts. Admitted students will be asked to submit official transcripts prior to beginning coursework at NYU Meyers.
  2. Resume.
  3. A two- to three-page personal statement.
  4. At least two (2) letters of recommendation.
  5. RN license and registration certificate. You may submit an application with an out-of-state license, but admitted students must obtain a New York State RN license prior to beginning coursework at NYU Meyers.

Applicants who have attended a post-secondary institution outside of the United States are required to upload one (1) transcript from each post-secondary school attended and submit one (1) official course-by-course evaluation of each foreign transcript directly to our office at the time of application. Your application will not be reviewed without these documents. Please mail your official course-by-course evaluation(s) to:

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
Office of Student Affairs and Admissions
433 First Avenue, LL1
New York, NY 10010

For applicants whose native language is not English, a copy of your latest TOEFL or IELTS score is required. Admitted students will be asked to submit official test scores prior to beginning coursework at NYU Meyers. We require a minimum TOEFL internet-based score of 100 and an IELTS Band score of 7.

See Master's (MS) for additional admission instructions and eligibility requirements.