University of Missouri-Kansas City

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Quick Facts


Doctor of nursing practice

Delivery Mode

Blended, some campus visits required

Standard credit hours


Standard estimated cost



1-2 courses per semester


4-5 years

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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The pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) role provides family-centered and culturally respectful care for pediatric patient's birth to 21 years of age. Advanced practice nurses (APRNs) provide high-quality health care services in a wide-range of problems from acute, chronic, complex and wellness care to health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling. The core courses provide a solid foundation in the use of evidence-based practice guidelines and theory as a basis for the diagnosis and treatment of illness and the promotion of wellness. Clinical experiences are conducted with preceptors in community, inpatient and outpatient settings.

The main emphasis of the primary care pediatric nurse practitioner (NP) is comprehensive, chronic, continuous care characterized by a long-term relationship between the patient and primary care NP, in an outpatient primary care clinic. The primary care NP provides care for most pediatric health needs and coordinates additional health care services that may be needed.

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Career Prospects

Graduates take the national certification exam for their specialty and practice as a nurse practitioner in any area of the United States. They may also take positions as faculty in school of nursing and in clinical research positions.


Employment growth


Median salary

Program Structure

Delivery of this program is blended. You will complete most course work online, but on-campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one or two courses each semester and finish in four to five years.

Course work includes:

  • Advanced physiology across the lifespan
  • Ethics in practice and research
  • Health care policy and advocacy
  • Cultural diversity and values
  • Health promotion, across the lifespan


The University of Missouri-Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

The DNP at the School of Nursing and Health Studies is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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