DNP Program

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty

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Program Description

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care (PNP-PC) role is to provide care to children from birth through young adult with an in-depth knowledge and experience in pediatric primary health care including well child care and prevention/management of common pediatric acute illnesses and chronic conditions. PNP-PCs meet the specialized physiologic and psychological needs of children in the areas of health maintenance and promotion, and assessment and management of disease processes. PNP-PCs work in a variety of pediatric health care settings including, but not limited to, private practice, ambulatory and school-based clinics, the home, and subspecialty clinics.

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program is a hybrid program utilizing a mixture of online didactic coursework, on-campus intensives and on-ground practicum and clinical placements. Applicants may enter the program as a post-BSN student or a post-master’s (in nursing) student. The program has both part-time and full-time options. Graduates of the PNP specialty are prepared as advanced practice nurses and are eligible for Nurse Practitioner certification.

DNP Program Outcomes

  • Generate and disseminate nursing practice knowledge to stimulate research and improve clinical outcomes
  • Improve health outcomes through scientifically based advanced practice within a specialty
  • Engage in and lead collaborative practice teams
  • Influence clinical practice transformation and policy initiatives

DNP Program Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at The University of Arizona College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Program Facts


Full-time Program Length
3-4 Courses per Semester*


Part-time Program Length
2-3 Courses per Semester*


Program Delivery
Online coursework with 3 on-campus intensives and a clinical practicum






Cohort Size


Applications Open


Final Deadline

*Course load is approximated and may vary between semester and year. Students should consult their academic program guide for a complete course schedule.

DNP-PNP Curriculum

Students admitted to the DNP-PNP program must complete a rigorous curriculum consisting of 64 credit hours and 720 clinical hours. In addition, students attend RISE twice and CPI once during their study. Admitted students should refer to and follow the academic program guide for their cohort year.

DNP-PNP Program Guide


Residential Intensive Summer Experience (RISE)

RISE is an intensive learning experience designed to support student success in the DNP program. DNP students are required to attend RISE in Tucson, AZ on an annual basis. RISE attendance for part-time students may vary.

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Clinical Skills Intensive

Clinical Preparation Intensive (CPI)

Clinical Preparation Intensive (CPI) helps prepare DNP students for further specialty-specific skills under the supervision of a clinical preceptor. Students are required to attend in Tucson, AZ once before the start of clinical coursework.

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Clinical Practicum

Clinical Practicum

Clinical placements for nurse practitioner students are arranged with appropriate preceptors and administrators. Priority is given to arranging clinical placements in the student's geographical area.

Additional Program Options

DNP/PhD Dual Degree

If you are interested in attaining broader advanced clinical practice skills with strong research competencies, consider taking advantage of our dual Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) / Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees. You will be prepared at the highest level of nursing science and professional nursing practice, and with advanced skills for engaging in research to create, apply and translate new knowledge to improve health care – in practice domains and/or academia.

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DNP-PNP and Certificate-PMHNP Option

The DNP-PNP and Certificate-PMHNP Option is available only to PNP or PMHNP students.

  • Timeline: Requires one additional year (3 semesters).
  • Clinical Requirements: 720 hours for each specialty, total = 1440 hours.
  • RISE and CPI: Attend RISE 3 times and CPI 2 times
  • DNP Project: During the last year with second specialty.
  • Apply: First fall semester the student must meet with their academic advisor, with advisor approval can apply in the spring semester.

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Rural Health Professions Program

The Rural Health Professions Program (RHPP) is an innovative program to create a community of doctorally-prepared advanced practice registered nurses who have didactic and clinical expertise in providing care to rural and medically underserved patients and will serve as leaders in improving the quality and access to care for these patients. RHPP scholars complete additional coursework that focuses on the care of rural and medically underserved populations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

For more information about this DNP specialty or applying to the DNP program, please contact:

Layla Salazar
Enrollment Coordinator, Doctoral Programs
Phone: 520-621-1860

Students are assigned clinical sites in coordination with clinical coordinators and the program administrator. Students may be required to travel to a different geographic area if a suitable preceptor cannot be found.

No elective courses are required for this DNP specialty. Students may elect to take additional courses to meet their needs and interests but should first consult their faculty advisor.

Consider attending a virtual information session hosted by the College of Nursing for all specialties EXCEPT Nurse Anesthesia. You will have the opportunity to meet the program team and select members of the faculty as well as ask questions about the program and admissions process. Registration is required and the session is conducted via Zoom.

The DNP program holds multiple information sessions throughout the year. If you are unable to attend a currently scheduled session, check back soon for the next available session or fill out the Request Information form on this page to have program details delivered to your inbox.


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See the full admissions requirements and application process on the DNP Admissions page.

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