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Pediatric NP - Acute Care Advanced Certificate

The Pediatric NP — Acute Care Advanced Certificate program prepares pediatric nurse practitioners trained in primary care to additionally care for children with acute, complex, critical and chronic illnesses, disabilities or injuries.

PNP Acute Care Advanced Certificate

Students who pursue this two-semester advanced certificate program will be well-prepared to work in a variety of acute care settings, such as pediatric intensive care units, pediatric inpatient units, pediatric emergency roomss, pediatric urgent cares, pediatric trauma centers, and pediatric specialties such as cardiology, pulmonology, and neurology.

The program — the first of its kind in New York State — focuses on caring for children of all ages and prepares students to deliver high-quality advanced nursing care that restores health, prevents complications, and assists patients and families in navigating rapidly changing acute health care environments. Upon graduating from the program, students will be prepared to sit for the acute care pediatric nurse practitioner certification exam (CPNP-AC). 

All didactic content is delivered online, with two on-campus intensives per semester at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. Each semester is 6-9 credit hours (depending on the number of clinical hours the student needs).


The curriculum for the Pediatric NP - Acute Care Advanced Certificate program is composed of selected professional core and clinical courses. With faculty advisement, students are responsible for designing appropriate degree plans.

Professional core courses:

  • NUR 407 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (5 credit hours)
  • NUR 419 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credit hours)

Clinical specialty courses:

  • NUR 410 Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment and Care of the Well Children and Adolescents (5 credit hours, 112 clinical hours)
  • NUR 433 Pediatric Acute Care NP I (4 didactic credits, 1 lab credit, variable clinical credits)
  • NUR 434 Pediatric Acute Care NP II (4 didactic credits, 1 lab credit, variable clinical credits)

Eligibility & Admissions

This Advanced Certificate program accepts new students once a year in the fall semester. The application deadline is April 15. Applicants must have completed a master’s degree as a pediatric nurse practitioner from an accredited school. See full eligibility and admissions requirements for the Advanced Certificate programs. 

Julie Gottfried, DNP, RN, CNS, CPNP-PC/AC

Julie Gottfried, DNP, RN, CNS, CPNP-PC/AC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Acute Care (PNP-AC) Specialty Director
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing

For more than two decades, Julie Gottfried has worked in a variety of clinical and academic roles to improve the care of children and their families. The majority of her career has been spent with Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester, NY, where she has practiced as a bedside nurse, as a clinical nurse specialist, and most recently, as a pediatric nurse practitioner within the Pediatric APP Inpatient Team.

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