University General Course Catalog 2021-2022 
    Jun 25, 2022  
University General Course Catalog 2021-2022

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, M.S.N.

The Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner provides holistic care for pediatric patients with acute, complex, critical, and chronic illness across a variety of care settings (including, but not limited to hospitals, intensive care units, subspecialty clinics, emergency departments, and the patient’s home). The practitioner works independently and collaboratively to ensure quality health care. In addition, the NP assists the patient and family in negotiating health care delivery systems. Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board’s CPNP-AC exam, which validates entry-level knowledge of graduates.

Contact Information

Stephanie S. DeBoor, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7156

Mailing Address:
University of Nevada, Reno
Orvis School of Nursing
1664 N. Virginia Street MS 0134
Reno, NV 89557

Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes

American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Master’s Education

  1. Integrates scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.
  2. Provide advanced, ethical, evidence-based nursing services for multi-cultural and ethnic individuals, families, aggregates, and select populations.
  3. Apply patient-care and communication technologies to deliver, enhance, integrate, and coordinate care.
  4. Collaborate with other professionals and members of the community to provide optimal coordinated healthcare to individuals, families, special populations, and communities with and emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.
  5. Respect diversity to address complex healthcare needs of persons, including the un-served and under-served, populations, and communities, in the role of nurse leader, education, and/or advanced practice nurse.
  6. Participate in the ethical organization, management, and policy negotiations of healthcare delivery systems to use advocacy strategies to influence health and healthcare.
  7. Participate in the application of safe patient care and quality healthcare practices.
  8. Participate in the development of nursing as a science, through the use of theory, research, and scientific processes, while acquiring a foundation for doctoral study.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Orvis School of Nursing Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, MSN program include:

The applicant must first meet the university’s Graduate School requirements as well as the Orvis School of Nursing MSN requirements. All application materials must be received on or before March 1 for consideration for the fall semester. In addition, students must have

  • an overall undergraduate grade-point average of at least a 3.0.
  • completed a baccalaureate degree with an upper-division major in nursing from and NLNAC-or CCNE accredited nursing school.

The baccalaureate degree curriculum must include the following specific course work:

  • Statistics
  • Growth and development (must cover lifespan)
  • Basic research
  • Health assessment, OR
  • Completion of NLNAC Associate of Nursing program and have a bachelor’s degree from another discipline major (BA, BS, BFA, etc.) and 2-years of nursing experience.
  • Successful completion of a graduate level applied statistics course prior to fall admission.

The following must be submitted along with the application:

  • Submit a statement of intent including graduate-study goals.
  • Provide three letters of reference to the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Selection Committee
  • A resume that includes education, professional and community service experience.
  • A letter of intent/personal statement; this should be single spaced, 12 point font, and no longer than 500 words. Explain why you have chosen the University of Nevada, Reno, Orvis School of Nursing for your graduate studies.
  • Identify which track (AGACNP, AGPCNP, PACNP, FNP, PMHNP, EDU, or CNL) you have chosen to pursue and describe how you envision functioning in this role as part of an inter-professional team.
  • What would you like to study for your capstone project?

The deadline for fall admission is March 1.  Admission for the AGACNP, AGPCNP, PACNP, PMHNP and FNP.  Advanced Degree (Post-Master’s) Certificate applications vary depending on entry plan.

I. Program Requirements

Complete a total of 4 units in NURS 794 . Complete a total of 6 units in NURS 797 .

A. Full Time Plan of Study (44-46 total units)

B. Part-Time Plan of Study (44-46 total units)

First Year, Spring (4-5 units)

First Year, Summer (4-5 units)

Second Year, Fall (5 units)

II. Total Units (44-46)