Online Pediatric Nurse Degree Programs

Completing an online pediatric nurse degree will prepare you to work with sick and injured children. Read on to learn about hybrid master's and doctoral options in this field as well as career opportunities for course completion, and licensure and certification requirements for pediatric nurses. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Type of Pediatric Nurse Degrees Are Offered Online?

Several schools offer pediatric nurse degree programs with distance learning options. These are often hybrid programs, combining didactic coursework with mandatory on-site clinical experience. Most such courses require this clinical education to be supervised; however, if you're already employed as a nurse, your work experiences may qualify for the clinical portion of the program.

Pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) programs leading to a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree can be found in hybrid online offerings. You can also pursue a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a concentration in pediatric nursing. These programs usually require that you already have a bachelor's degree, a registered nursing license and experience working with pediatric patients.

Degree Levels Hybrid programs combine on-site clinical education and online study; both master's and doctoral degree programs available
Requirements Admission often competitive; requirements may include bachelor's degree in nursing and GPA of 3.0 or above
Licensure Certification exams may be taken through The American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
Career Options Work as pediatric nurse, pediatric nurse practitioner or pediatric nurse specialist at a clinic, hospital, rehabilitation center, health department, school or private practice

What Are the Requirements?

Online pediatric nurse degree programs have many of the same requirements you'd find in on-campus programs. Admission can be competitive and limited. In most cases, you must have a bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited school and a GPA of at least 3.0. You may be expected to provide school transcripts, professional references, a letter of purpose and proof of a current nursing license. Some programs may also require that you have at least two years of experience in pediatric nursing.

Will Online Programs Qualify Me For Licensure?

After earning your degree, you'll need to take a written examination to become certified in pediatric nursing. The American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board provide certification exams. You'll also need to complete continuing education credits to maintain certification.

Depending on your state and the position you desire, there may be other requirements for licensure. Typically, the curriculum you'll complete in an online pediatric nurse degree program provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to meet certification requirements.

What Are Online Programs Like?

Online programs offer a flexible way to earn a degree without interrupting your current job and without traveling away from your home. All you need, to complete the online portion of the program, is a computer with Internet access and an e-mail account for communicating with faculty and sending and receiving assignments and course materials. Although this is an online program, your curriculum will include both online coursework and supervised clinical practice.

What Can I Do With My Degree?

Depending on the degree program you choose, you may find work as a pediatric nurse, a pediatric nurse practitioner or a pediatric clinical nurse specialist with career opportunities in clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, health departments, schools and private practices. Nurse practitioners are expected to be in especially high demand in the coming years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), due to the fact that they can perform many of the same duties as a physician, but at lower cost (www.bls.gov). For example, in many states, as a nurse practitioner, you would be able to prescribe medications and treat patients without the supervision of a doctor.

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