Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care

If you want to provide high-quality, compassionate care to children from birth to 21 years of age, the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care specialty is for you. You will provide evidenced-based care in a variety of pediatric primary care settings. You will emphasize health care management, disease prevention and health promotion. You will play a key role in involving and educating family members to support the patient’s plan of care.

Our Strengths

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is ranked as the #13 graduate school of nursing, according to U.S. News and World Report. We are also next door to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, one of the nation’s top academic medical centers. But most importantly, we are committed to your success. We offer a comprehensive curriculum taught by doctorally prepared faculty with diverse, real-world pediatric nurse practitioner experience. Our students enjoy low faculty-to-student ratios and personalized attention. You will also benefit from your classmates who have diverse backgrounds and experiences that will enrich your learning experience.

Our Curriculum

Through a comprehensive curriculum that uses traditional classroom settings, simulated experiences and clinical training, you will develop deep pediatric primary care knowledge and clinical reasoning skills. You will learn pathophysiologic concepts, pediatric pharmacotherapeutics and health behavior and development. Our specialty offers you regular exposure to recognized experts and specialists working in fields such pediatric primary care and pediatric specialty outpatient clinics.

Graduation from this MSN specialty prepares you to take the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care certification exams offered by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Educational Formats

If you have a nursing background, this specialty is offered to students in a modified distance learning that allows you to earn your degree without having to relocate or give up employment. If you do not have a prior nursing education background, you must first complete your PreSpecialty year within a daily commute of Nashville. When you progress to the specialty portion of your education, you will learn via modified distance learning and will not have to live in the Nashville vicinity. More Info > 

Career Opportunities

As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care, you can deliver care to patients in a variety of settings:

  • Outpatient Pediatric Clinics
  • Health Departments
  • Preschools and Elementary Schools
  • Private Pediatric Practices
  • Community Agencies