Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Instructor and student examining infant


Acute care pediatric nurse practitioner is a challenging and rewarding advanced practice nursing specialty. You may find yourself working with a child at the end of their life to create special memories or helping a teenager manage diabetes so they can spend less time in the hospital and more time being a teenager. Acute care pediatric nurse practitioners are experts in the care of children with acute illness and multiple complex problems. These specialists work with patients, families and interdisciplinary colleagues to provide the highest-quality care for pediatric patients. 

The University of Michigan School of Nursing has made the decision to sunset the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program. We will stop accepting students to the program beginning fall term 2022.  All current and recently admitted students will continue in the program until their full completion.

Is This Specialty Right for Me?

Spend a few minutes to hear directly from the U-M School of Nursing faculty member who leads our Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program. It will help you better understand the factors to consider as you decide if this advanced practice specialty program is right for you.

Learning and Program Plans

Our faculty will work closely with you to nurture your calling to provide care for sick children and find a clinical placement that’s right for you. Practicums are arranged by our expert faculty and offer learning environments conducive to developing expertise in acute care pediatric nursing at an advanced practice level. You will also cultivate advanced assessment and clinical decision-making skills. Graduates are trained to practice as advanced practice nurses with children who have complex acute, critical and chronic care needs. Emphasis is placed on advanced assessment, diagnostic reasoning, clinical decision making, therapeutic interventions and consultation and referral skills.

Student examining mannequin with stethoscope while instructor controls simulation in skills lab

Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner MSN


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student examining simulation mannequin with stethoscope

Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner DNP


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