What Are Some Colleges That Offer Specializations in Pediatric Nursing?

The University of Pennsylvania, Duke University and the University of California-San Francisco are among the schools that offer Pediatric Nurse Practitioner programs. Pediatric Nurse Practitioners are Registered Nurses who have additional education and training in pediatrics and can provide regular health care for children.

The University of Pennsylvania is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and students can take the course full time or part time. The full time program is 12 months long and begins in September, concluding the following August. Students take four core courses, two electives and six theory and clinical courses.

Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina. A student must complete 43 credit hours, including 616 clinical hours, to receive her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner license. The curriculum focuses on health maintenance, disease prevention, managing pediatric illnesses and behavioral issues. The university recommends that applicants have at least one year of pediatric nursing experience, including neonatal experience, before applying to the program.

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at the University of California-San Francisco includes classroom and clinical courses. Students learn about managing common and complex health issues, child development and nutrition. Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English, and the university highly desires fluency in Spanish. Students can complete the academically rigorous program part-time in three years with university approval.