MSN Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

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The role of nurse practitioner specializing in Pediatric Nursing is offered at the University of South Alabama College of Nursing. The MSN program prepares graduates for advanced nursing practice and for doctoral study. Graduates of the program are able to synthesize and apply advanced knowledge, theories, and research to a specialized area of nursing practice and function as leaders in practice to contribute to the advancement of the nursing profession.

A common core of courses are offered online including concepts, theory, research, and issues related to advanced nursing practice. Clinical requirements can usually be completed with preceptors in the students’ home community.

▼   Advanced Practice Clinical Skills Intensive

All students in the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty are required to attend one* mandatory Clinical Skills Intensive provided by the USA Simulation Program during the fall term in which they are registered for MCN 548 and MCN 551.

The clinical skills intensive provides hands-on instruction for common advanced practice assessments and procedures pertinent to the pediatric primary care setting.

Students have the opportunity to request their preferred session on a first come, first serve basis.  Simulation will contact students via Jag Mail with information on how to sign-up three months prior to the scheduled dates. 

Please note the dates are for Clinical Skills Intensives only. The track coordinator may provide orientation dates, which are separate from CSI and Simulation.

Pediatric Primary Care NP Clinical Skills Intensive Dates

▼   Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

BSN-MSN students complete all support, MSN core, and MSN specialty courses for a total of 45 credit hours.  The MSN degree must be completed within five years of matriculation.

Support Courses
NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 credit hours
NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 credit hours
NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 credit hours
MSN Core Courses
NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Healthcare 3 credit hours
NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credit hours
NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credit hours
Pediatric Primary NP Specialty Courses
MCN 548 – Introduction to Pediatric Primary Care NP 3 credit hours
MCN 551 – Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Pediatric Primary Care NP 2 credit hours
MCN 552 – Pediatric Primary Care NP I 3 credit hours
MCN 553 – Pediatric Primary Care NP Practicum I - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours
MCN 554 – Pediatric Primary Care NP Nursing II 3 credit hours
MCN 555 – Pediatric Primary Care NP Practicum II - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours
MCN 556 – Pediatric Primary Care NP Practicum III - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credit hours
MCN 557 – Pediatric Primary Care NP III 3 credit hours
RN to MSN students who are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a non-nursing discipline must also complete the following courses.
RN-MSN Courses
NU 506 - Evidence-Based Practice & Informatics for Professional Nurses 4 credit hours
NU 507 - Leadership & Management Roles for Professional Nurses 4 credit hours
NU 508 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Professional Nurses 4 credit hours
▼   Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Certification

The University of South Alabama Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program provides the skills necessary for a rewarding career. Graduates are prepared to complete the appropriate national certification exam and may be eligible to apply for licensure to practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).


Please feel free to contact Dr. Ashley Marass for more information about this specialty: