University of Missouri-Kansas City

Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Quick Facts


Graduate certificate (post-master's certificate)

Delivery Mode

Blended, some campus visits required

Standard credit hours


Standard estimated cost



1-2 courses per semester


18 months to 2 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 patients birth to 21 years of age. Advanced practice nurses (APRNs) provide high-quality health care services to address a wide-range of problems from acute, chronic, complex and wellness care to health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling. 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 post-master’s certificate in acute pediatric care nurse practitioner (ACPNP) focuses on restorative care that is characterized by rapidly changing clinical conditions and is designed to help acute pediatric care nurse practitioners provide care for patients with unstable chronic, complex, acute and critical conditions.

Adult wearing white coat and stethoscope looks at child with stethoscope in ears

Career Prospects

Graduates take the national PNCB certification exam, allowing them to practice in an acute care pediatric setting anywhere within the United States, following state guidelines.


Employment growth


Median salary

Program Structure

Delivery of this program is blended. You will complete course work online, both synchronously and asynchronously, with a required residency. Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one or two courses each semester and finish in 18 months to two years. This certificate provides a seamless transition to the DNP program.

Course work includes:

  • Primary care of children foundation
  • Pediatric acute care
  • Specialty pharmacology


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

The post-master's certificate at the School of Nursing and Health Studies is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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