Acute Care Graduate Certificate for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

College of Nursing

Program Overview

The University of Tennessee's Acute Care Graduate Certificate prepares advanced practice nurses for a career as a Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. With this certification, PNPs will be able to effectively attend to the needs of children and adolescents within an acute care or hospital setting. The Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate is an online program with required onsites. To qualify for the certification, you must:
- Have a minimum of one year of work experience in an acute care setting, such as a hospital
- Possess a master's in nursing and a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner credential

Credit Hours

17-29 depending on academic record, clinical experience, and objectives

Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $700 + Fees

Out-of-State $775 + Fees



Admission Terms


*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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Make a Difference in Pediatric Acute Care

Distance Education (DE) programs in the College of Nursing that lead to professional licensure or that require clinical placements or clinical coursework must abide by board and state regulations in the state where the student resides and/or will be completing the clinical experiences.

Students who reside outside of Tennessee who plan to complete a clinical placement in a state other than Tennessee, will need to take additional steps to comply with the requirements of that state. Before applying to and beginning a program, you should become familiar with your state’s licensing and professional requirements and that of the state in which you plan to reside as a practitioner. You may also reach out to the College of Nursing and speak to an advisor by calling (865) 974-7606. The university cannot guarantee that its DE programs in the College of Nursing will meet all the requirements for licensure in any particular state. If the student moves from the state of Tennessee after admission to the program, continuation in the program will depend on the availability of the program within the new state where the student physically resides. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the UT College of Nursing of a change in physical residence.

Distance Education programs at the University of Tennessee cannot currently admit students from the state of California.

You can find additional information about pre-licensure distance education requirements in individual states, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

The College of Nursing offers certificates for nurses who need additional training. A master’s degree in nursing is required for admission. This graduate certificate prepares the advanced practice nurse for a career as a pediatric acute care nurse practitioner. Students enrolling in the PNP Acute Care graduate certificate must have completed a primary care PNP program and must have demonstrated experience working in an acute care setting before beginning course work in the acute care courses.

Advanced practice nursing involves the delivery of care, management of resources, interdisciplinary collaboration, and application of technology, information systems, knowledge, and critical thinking.

The total graduate credit hours will vary depending on the student’s academic record, clinical experience, and objectives. Students must complete a minimum of 12 graduate credit hours. Certificate coursework must be completed within 2 years of admission.

Featured Courses

Some courses in the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate program are as follows:

NURS 670: Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner I

Pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of complex acute and chronic illnesses in pediatric patients.

NURS 671: Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner II

Pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of complex acute and critical illness in pediatric patients.

NURS 672: Clinical Practice: Pediatric Acute Care

Clinical experience in a variety of pediatric acute and critical care settings. 

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Ready to Become Certified as a Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner?