Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

$1,000 Tuition Reduction for Eligible Students who Enroll in a Master’s in Nursing Program beginning in Spring I. Apply by January 3. Classes begin January 18.

Master of Science in Nursing Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care at HBU

Earning your Master of Science in Nursing Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care degree from Houston Baptist University will allow you to master the skills and knowledge necessary to take on new and expanded leadership roles as a nurse.

The PNP-PC program prepares you to sit for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care certification examination from either the Pediatric Nurse Certification Board or the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The 38-credit program includes 517 clinical contact hours and can be completed in 24 months. The program will prepare you for a wide range of pediatric primary care practitioner opportunities managing, diagnosing, and treat patients ages birth to 21 years old.

Offered through the School of Nursing and Allied Health, the MSN allows BSN-prepared nurses with a Texas Board of Nursing license to earn their degree without having to travel to class.* The flexible curriculum was developed in a competency-based education (CBE) model (course based, not direct assessment CBE) and is delivered through a blend of online coursework and high quality clinical and practicum experiences at leading healthcare providers near you.

*The MSN-PNP-PC program requires two one-day sessions on campus for orientation and skills training. Site orientation occurs the Friday prior to classes starting.  This provides an opportunity to meet the faculty, get a university student card that can be used for discounts, provide hands on learning of the various programs utilized in the MSN-PNP-PC, review program expectations, and give an opportunity for students to answer questions.

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MSN to PNP Career Options

Nurse Practitioners are In Demand

Demand for Nurse Practitioners (NPs) is far greater than the supply, putting NPs in demand across the state. The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies estimates that Texas needs more than 4,580 new NPs to fill today’s job opportunities. At only 4%* of the RN workforce in Texas, NPs are on the rise and answering the needs of our aging population and changing healthcare environment. NPs enjoy a range of healthcare environments and types of roles, offering you long-term flexibility to shape your career on your own terms.

*American Nurses Association, 2016

MSN to PNP Program Features

Two Online Master of Science in Nursing learning options

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care (PNP-PC).

Flexible and Convenient

Blending online courses with clinical experiences in a healthcare facility near your home. Each term is 16-weeks, creating an opportunity for you to graduate quickly.

Learn Comprehensive Skill Sets Valuable to Employers

In order to meet the need for highly trained nursing staff in Texas hospitals and healthcare facilities, the online MSN program follows a competency-based educational (CBE) format. Program competencies blend employer requirements and those of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties insuring that the curriculum is high quality and targeted to the skills you need to succeed today. CBE is student-centric and personalized, blending online courses with direct, hands-on clinical experiences. And since competencies are industry-aligned, utilizing next generation technology and strongly supported clinical and preceptor experiences, HBU’s MSN program produces nursing leaders.

Personalized Support

Instead of learning in crowded lecture halls, students receive real-time, personalized feedback while working online and directly at leading healthcare providers to master your skills. Individualized faculty support guides you along the way through coursework and hands-on in clinical and preceptor experiences.

MSN PNP-PC Nursing Curriculum

Houston Baptist University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care (PNP-PC) program allows you to efficiently complete your master’s degree in about two years. The program is a made up of 12 courses for a total of 38 credits. Below is an outline of the MSN PNP-PC program.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Primary Care

For additional detail on course descriptions, please view our Course Catalog.

Theory Integration 

Advanced Nursing Research 

Leadership for Quality, Safety and Health Policy 

Advanced Pathophysiology 

Advanced Pharmacology 

Advanced Health Assessment 

Growth and Development Across the Lifespan 

Advanced Diagnostics and Skills

Advanced Role 

PNP Pediatric Health 1 and Clinical

PNP Pediatric Health 2 and Clinical

Advanced Practicum I