Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

A nurse holding a baby while another nurse listens to the baby's chest



The role of a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Acute Care Pediatric Nursing is offered as an online program at the University of South Alabama. The MSN program prepares graduates for advanced Nursing Practice and Doctoral Study. Graduates of the program are able to synthesize and apply advanced knowledge to care for pediatric patients with complex, acute, or injuries and function as leaders in practice.

▼   Advanced Practice Clinical Skills Intensive


All students in the Pediatric Acute 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 558 and MCN 571.

The clinical skills intensive provides hands-on instruction for common advanced practice assessments and procedures pertinent to the pediatric acute 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 Acute Care NP Clinical Skills Intensive Dates

▼   Acute Care Pediatric Nurse 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 Acute Care NP Specialty Courses
MCN 558 – Introduction to Pediatric Acute Care NP 3 credit hours
MCN 571 – Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Neonatal/Pediatric Acute NP 2 credit hours
MCN 562 – Pediatric Acute Care NP I 3 credit hours
MCN 563 – Pediatric Acute Care NP Practicum I - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours
MCN 564 –Pediatric Acute Care NP II 3 credit hours
MCN 565 – Pediatric Acute Care NP Practicum II - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours
MCN 566 – Pediatric Acute Care NP Practicum III - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credit hours
MCN 567 – Pediatric Acute 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. Lisa Dailey for more information about this specialty: