NSU Pediatric Nursing Practitioner program ranked 4th in nation

Northwestern State University’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program has been ranked fourth in the country by RegisteredNursing.org,

Nursing programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students during school, towards licensure and beyond. You can learn more about the methodology used by visiting https://www.registerednursing.org/rankings-methodology/.

The highly revered and rewarding pediatric nurse practitioner role is a popular choice for nurses who want to make a difference in the health of children. This advanced nursing career can be achieved through a master’s or doctoral level pediatric nurse practitioner program, and most allow students to choose between primary or acute pediatric care. Online and campus-based options are available.

“Over the last four to five years we’ve had one to eight graduates each spring. Everyone has passed boards although two students passed on a second attempt,” said Meredith Eastin, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner coordinator. “Everyone, besides those that graduated in May, is currently practicing as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Many are employed in primary care clinics, but there are graduates employed in pediatric specialty clinics, community health centers and school-based health clinics.”

The field of pediatrics is a particularly rewarding one for advanced practice RNs. Building lasting relationships with children who are ill or injured is just one asset of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner care. Choosing the right Pediatric NP program is of great importance, and RegisteredNursing.org’s rankings of the top online/hybrid Pediatric Nurse Practitioner programs help students find their perfect fit.

Northwestern State trains the next generation of Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners through its Master of Science in Nursing specialty program. The curriculum is comprised of 42 total credits, with 720 clinical hours required. Enrolled students take courses in Genomics for Nursing Practice, Family Dynamics, Research in Nursing and much more. Both part-time and full-time study options are available.

MSN Programs

· Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Online/Hybrid

· Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PCPNP), Campus

RegisteredNursing.org is an organization of registered nurses who care deeply about the profession and provide the resources future nurses need to succeed. Helping to bring those interested in nursing from the research phase to enrollment to landing that first RN job and beyond.

“Overall the feedback has been great,” Eastin said. “Students felt a close connection with instructors. They felt well prepared when entering clinical practice and they would recommend our program to future students. Students reported they liked the small size of the class. They were able to communicate with one another and learn together as a team.”