How Does a Registered Nurse Become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner?

Pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) are nurses with advanced training who work with children. Registered nurses (RNs) who wish to work in a pediatric environment often pursue this qualification. This article explains how to change careers from a registered nurse to a PNP. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Career Comparison

People sometimes work as RNs before deciding to further their education and become PNPs. A pediatric nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who specializes in caring for children and young adults. PNPs work in hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, and other medical centers, where they diagnose and treat a variety of ailments in young people. Additionally, many PNPs work in public settings to promote general health and wellness for children. Experienced pediatric nurse practitioners often take supervisory or management positions.

Important Facts about this Occupation

Registered NursePediatric Nurse Practitioner
Median Pay$66,640*$80,197**
Entry-Level EducationBachelor's degreeMaster's degree
Licensing/CertificationNursing license necessary in all statesPediatric nurse practitioner certification required
TrainingNursing programs generally involve supervised clinical experienceCertification programs may include up to 500 hours of supervised clinical experience

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics*, payscale.com**

Education

People need a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree before they can become pediatric nurse practitioners. Students must typically hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree before gaining admittance into an MSN program. Many MSN programs that train people to become PNPs offer a variety of specialization options, such as parent-child PNP and school nursing PNP. Master of Science in Nursing programs generally include courses covering such subjects as advanced nursing theory, healthcare policy and symptoms, health promotion, and focused pediatrics.

Certification

Pediatric nurse practitioners are required to obtain certification from either the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCD) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). A Master of Science in Nursing degree program specializing in pediatric care is good preparation for the certification tests offered by the PNCD and ANCC. The certification groups offer different tests for varying specializations, such as emergency, acute, or primary pediatric care.

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