,strong>General admissions requirements for pediatric nurse practitioner programs include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a license as a registered nurse. As of July 2015, all nurse practitioner programs in the United States have these requirements. Specific programs may have their own additional requirements; students should check with individual programs.
The required Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is a four-year degree that includes coursework in anatomy, microbiology and nutrition. The registered nurse license varies by state, but generally demonstrates that the student has clinical experience and has passed the National Council Licensure Examination. Additional requirements for admission to a particular school, such as the University of California at San Francisco's School of Nursing, can include two original copies of official transcripts, statement of goals, four letters of recommendation, resume and completed application. Statement of goals should include the reasons for choosing the pediatric nurse practitioner specialty and goals after completing the program.
The pediatric nurse practitioner program is a specialty within the nurse practitioner masters-level program. Students learn the skills needed to provide health care to children. Once accepted into the program, students take general nurse practitioner courses and courses focused on pediatric health care. Examples of courses may include pediatric pharmacology, care of the critically ill child and pediatric practicum.