Pediatric Nurse Certification and Certificate Programs

Pediatric nurse certificate programs prepare individuals to pursue certification from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). The PNCB's Certified Pediatric Nurse credential is available for registered nurses (RNs) who have completed clinical practice in pediatric nursing and pass an exam.

Essential Information

Certificate programs specifically in pediatric nursing train individuals to work as nurse practitioners who specialize in the healthcare needs of children and adolescents. Some schools require applicants to submit letters of recommendation, a resume and personal statement. Once enrolled, students complete coursework and clinical experiences to gain the knowledge necessary to take the PNCB's certification exam.

Prerequisites include a Master of Science in Nursing, current RN license. Some schools offer courses online, but clinicals must be completed at a healthcare facility.

Pediatric Nurse Certificate Program

Students enrolled in this program learn about child development, child health assessment, pharmacology, pathophysiology and chronic conditions in children. They also learn to address a pediatric patient's needs in a supportive way while meeting clinical standards. Some other course topics include:

  • Pediatric diagnostics
  • Emergency pediatric nursing
  • Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Advanced health assessment
  • Common pediatric issues

Employment Outlook and Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of all nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners is expected to grow much faster than average at 31% from 2014 to 2024. The BLS also reported that nurse practitioners earned a median salary of $98,190 according to May 2015 data.

Licensing and Certification

According to the BLS, pediatric nurse practitioners are typically required to have current RN licenses, national nurse practitioner certification and pediatric-specific licensure or certification in order to practice. After completing a post-master's certificate program in pediatric nursing and meeting the clinical requirements, graduates are typically prepared to take the exams for several pediatric-specific certifications, including:

  • PNCB's Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care
  • PNCB's Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care
  • American Nurses' Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified
  • ANCC's Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified

Pediatric nurse certification is available through a certificate program in which students will be taught about child development and assessment, among other things. Additional licensure might be required.

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