Graduate Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

College of Nursing

Program Overview

Are you ready to advance your career in pediatrics? The first step is earning your Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Graduate Certificate from the University of Tennessee. This advanced practice nursing program will prepare you to work with children, youth, and young adults in a primary or acute care role. Our Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate is an online program with required onsites. To qualify for the certification, you must have your master's in nursing.

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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Open the Door to a Career in Nursing Pediatrics

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 nurse practitioner in the primary or the acute care role. 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 credit hours will vary depending on the student’s academic record, clinical experience, and objectives. Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours. Certificate coursework must be completed within 2 years of admission. Contact the College of Nursing Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies for more information.

Students enrolling in the PNP Acute Care track must have completed a primary care PNP program and must have a minimum of one year of work in an acute care setting before beginning course work in the acute care courses.

Featured Courses

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

NURS 650: Wellness, Development, & Behavior of Pediatric Population

Advanced practice nursing of the pediatric population and families focusing on well child care, issues of development and behavior, and nursing interventions for comprehensive and preventative care. 

NURS 651: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner I: Care of the Pediatric Patient with an Acute Illness

Pathophysiology of acute minor illnesses in the pediatric population.

NURS 652: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner II: Care of the Pediatric Patient with Chronic Conditions

Pathophysiology and management of chronic conditions in the pediatric patient. 

NURS 653: Clinical Experience in Pediatric Populations

Pathophysiology and management of chronic conditions in the pediatric patient. 

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Ready to Expand Your Nursing Career into Pediatrics?