Top Pediatric Nursing Programs: List of the Best U.S. Schools

Jan 09, 2020

Continue on if you want to learn about some of the top pediatric nursing programs in the U.S. Get overviews and details on three of the top schools offering these programs, and see highlights of other strong alternatives.

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Many top U.S. schools offer master's programs and post-master's certificate programs in pediatric nursing practice. Graduates of these programs may become licensed nurse practitioners who provide primary care to children. Three of the best schools for aspiring pediatric nurses include Yale University and Columbia University, both of which are Ivy League schools, and the University of California - San Francisco (UCSF), a well-regarded public institution. Each of these schools was nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2019.

Yale University in New Haven, CT

Yale University was tied for 3rd on U.S. News and World Report's 2019 list of top U.S. nurse practitioner programs in the pediatric nursing specialty.

The Master Science in Nursing (MSN) program offers a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) specialty. The program prepares the individual in primary care and a clinical practice in a much expanded role in the care of adolescents and children. Private practice and community-based health centers are two of the settings for the program's clinical practice training.

University of California SF

The University of California - San Francisco's School of Nursing was ranked #18 on U.S. News and World Report's list of the top nursing schools in 2019. The same year, U.S. News and World Report ranked UCSF 8th among top graduate schools with degree programs in pediatric nursing practice.

The School of Nursing offers a pediatric nursing master's program to prepare RNs for the role. These MSN programs combine classes with clinical training and may be completed in two years of full-time study.

Columbia University in New York, NY

In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked Columbia University as tied for #5 on its list of best nursing schools.

The Pediatric Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program at the Columbia University School of Nursing is an advanced practice nursing program designed for licensed RNs who want to direct their careers toward the care of infants, children, and adolescents. In addition to scientific coursework, students get clinical experience throughout the tristate area. Upon completion, they are prepared to take New York's Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Exam or the exams offered by the NCPNP/N and the ANCC.

Other Top Programs

Let's look at other top schools that offer excellent training programs for aspiring pediatric nurse practitioners:

School Name Location Distinction
East Carolina University Greenville, NC Top producer of nurses in North Carolina, with more than 1,300 students enrolled in its combined nursing programs
New York University New York, NY The Meyers School of Nursing was ranked #12 in the country by U.S. News & World Report for 2019.
University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL The program is approved by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, and its curriculum is based on the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI Has the #8-ranked nursing school in the country, per U.S. News & World Report in 2019
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC Tied for #5 on the U.S. News & World Report list of best nursing schools for 2019
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA In 2019, U.S. News & World Report named the school #1 on its list of top colleges to offer pediatric nurse practitioner programs.
University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX Students can join up to eight nursing-related student organizations, including the Association of Nurses in Graduate School and the Texas Nursing Student Association.
University of Washington - Seattle Seattle, WA Tied at #12 on U.S. News & World Report's 2019 list of best nursing schools.

For experienced nurses who want to focus their careers on pediatric nursing, there are graduate-level training programs available in this specialized field. Some prepare students for PNP certification.

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