BSN to DNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The program takes an innovative, technology-enriched approach that develops nursing experts that base decisions on the best evidence available, providing patient-centered care. BSN to DNP, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program encompasses a breadth of services to children from infants through adolescence. It prepares students to practice primarily in acute care environments such as intensive care units, emergency departments and trauma centers however practice is not limited to in-hospital settings.

The acute care focus of this program of study is different than a primary care PNP focus and allows the graduate to be eligible for the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) national certification examination, specifically for the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Core concepts include emphasis on embryology, genetics, pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment, developmental, cultural, and family care. Additional advanced skills are taught through a variety or simulated and clinical environments required for competence in a critical care environment. In addition to Pediatric Acute Care alternative emphasis areas include:


The program is delivered using a blend of 3 - 5 day immersion sessions at the Irvine campus; internships/clinical practice in hospitals, clinics and health centers; and online lectures, demonstrations and exercises.

program is delivered using a blend of:

  • Nine, 4 day immersion sessions at the Irvine campus
  • Internships/clinical practice in hospitals, clinics and health centers near your home or work
  • And online lectures, demonstrations and exercises.

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Program Learning Outcomes

  • Scientific Underpinnings for Practice: Integrate nursing science with knowledge from biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, ethics, and organizational sciences as the basis for advanced practice nursing and new approaches to care delivery.
  • Organizational and Systems Leadership: Create environments that support quality improvement across systems.
  • Clinical Scholarship: Create and disseminate innovations in evidence-based practice.
  • Information Systems and Patient Care Technology: Evaluate emerging technologies for their utility in advanced nursing practice.
  • Health Care Policy:  Evaluate health policy and advocate for patients and the discipline.
  • Interprofessional Collaboration: Create collaborative interprofessional relationships to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  • Clinical Prevention and Population Health: Evaluate the social, cultural, and environmental dimensions of population health in practice patterns/systems.
  • Advanced Practice Nursing: Independently assess, diagnose, treat, and manage undifferentiated patients.

Admission Requirements

  1. Admission to the BSN to DNP program is granted to individuals who apply and meet the standards for admission to a graduate program.
  2. Complete a Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions application available online at
  3. Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or a National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accredited program. Applicants who have a Bachelors in something else and have completed either a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing, or the equivalent of the BSN in the first year of a Master Entry Nursing Program, passed the NCLEX and are licensed, may be considered for admission.
  4. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted.
  5. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Analytical Writing Score (minimum score of 4.0) from the General Test. Request that scores be sent electronically to Brandman University. See web site (Not required if you have a masters degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.)
  6. Current and detailed resume or curriculum vita.
  7. Self-evaluation and goal statement.
  8. Three recommendations.
  9. Unencumbered RN license from the state where you plan to do your clinical hours, or date for NCLEX scheduled before classes start. NCLEX must be passed for enrollment with application for license pending.
  10. The NCLEX must be passed by the end of the first session of enrollment to continue in the program.
  11. Personal interview as needed. (required by the end of the first session):

  1. Proof of a negative TB Skin Test.
  2. Proof of completion of Hepatitis A and B immunization or titer.
  3. Proof of two doses of MMR or titer.
  4. Proof of Tetanus/Diphtheria (Tdap) immunization within the past 5 years.
  5. Proof of Chicken Pox (Varicella) immunization or titer.
  6. Background Clearance.
  7. Copy of current CPR “Level C” Certification (Health Care Provider) that will not be expiring in the next 12 months.
  8. Proof of current negative drug screen.
  9. Proof of annual Influenza Immunization.
  10. Additional laboratory tests, immunizations, and/or documentation may be required for clinical courses by certain health care agencies.
  11. Professional Liability Insurance (1mil/3mil).

Graduate Science Core (15 credits)

*NURU 600 Theoretical Foundations of Evidence-based and Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NURU 601 Transitions in Practice: The Advanced Practice Nurse as DNP 3
NURU 602 Developmental, Cultural and Spiritual Care Across the Lifespan 3
*DNPU 701 Biostatistics for Clinical Practice 3
*DNPU 704 Evidence-based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice III 3


DNP Essentials (24 Credits)

DNPU 700 Healthcare Policy, Organization and Delivery 3
DNPU 702 Innovations in Technology and Information Access 3
DNPU 703 Leading Through Innovation 3
DNPU 705 Health Communication 3
DNPU 706 Transforming Healthcare through Outcomes Management 3
DNPU 707 Clinical Residency I 3
DNPU 708 Application of DNP Clinical Scholarly Project 3
DNPU 710 Seminar in Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice 3


Advanced Practice Core (19 credits)

*NURU 603 Advanced Health Assessment Across Lifespan and Cultures 4
*NURU 604 Clinical Practicum: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan and Cultures 3
NURU 605 Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 3
NURU 606 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Across the Lifespan 3
NURU 609 Genetics Across the Lifespan 3
NURU 610 Synthesis of Advanced Practice Management, Role and EBP 3


Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care Specialty (15 credits)

NURU 651 Embryology 3
*NURU 622 Management in Pediatric Acute Care 3
*NURU 623 Practicum in Pediatric Acute Care 3
*NURU 624 Complex and Chronic Problems in Pediatric Acute Care 3
*NURU 625 Practicum for Complex and Chronic Problems in Pediatric Acute Care 3

*Students in these courses are required to attend the face-to-face immersion


Total Credits 73