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Pediatric Nursing Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Pediatric nursing programs focus on caring for children's medical needs. Nurses who specialize in pediatric care usually opt for a graduate-level Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program. Such programs are open to nurses and others who already hold a bachelor's degree and meet the prerequisites. Read on to learn more about pediatric nursing programs.

Unlike a registered nurse, a pediatric nurse practitioner is able to diagnose illnesses and to prescribe medicines for common ailments, offer referrals to specialists and offer guidance and health screening. Graduate programs to become a pediatric nurse are available from select universities and nursing schools.

Schools with Pediatric Nursing Programs

The table below lists some colleges and universities from around the country that offer graduate degree programs in pediatric nursing. It also lists the the location of the school and the school's average graduate tuition.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Master's and doctoral $20,638 (in-state)
Emory University Atlanta, GA 4-year, Private Master's and doctoral $38,800
Kent State University Kent, OH 4-year, Public Master's and doctoral $10,864 (in-state)
Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 4-year, Private Master's and doctoral $43,620
University of South Florida Tampa, FL 4-year, Public Master's and doctoral $8,350 (in-state)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for pediatric nursing schools:

  • Schools that are affiliated with large, well-known hospitals and health systems may be able to provide more high-quality learning opportunities.
  • Gaining internship experience in a functioning hospital, clinic or doctor's office may lead to post-graduation employment.
  • Unlicensed nursing students may want to look for a school that offers preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

Master's Degree in Pediatric Nursing

A Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program is a master's-level course of study that requires approximately two years to complete. A certain amount of clinical hours are required, in addition to coursework. Course topics typically include pediatric physiology, pediatric health, development assessment, health systems policy and planning, pre-adolescent health care concepts and pediatric care management.

Aspiring pediatric nurse practitioners may find education programs that can prepare them for their future careers at colleges and universities around the country. These schools offer master's and doctoral programs that include hands-on clinical training, and programs with a hospital internship can be beneficial to seek out.

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