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Pediatric Nursing Programs
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Pediatric nursing is a specialty that demands attention to detail, extreme compassion and well honed communication skills, among other things. Providing nursing care for pediatric patients can be both highly rewarding and heartbreaking at the same time, so if you are thinking of going into this nursing specialty, we applaud you already.

There are a myriad of settings for pediatric nurses, from the ER and OR to clinics, schools and community health centers. You can make a significant impact nursing with children at any educational level, but the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner is one of the most integral players in children's health. To learn more about options for becoming a Pediatric NP, contact the schools below. To get a first hand account of what Pediatric nursing entails, check out our interview with Mary Beth Petraco below.

Listed on this page are all of the nursing schools in the US that offer accredited Pediatric Nursing programs, including the schools featured below.

Interview with a Pediatric NP

Below, BestNursingDegree.com speaks with pediatric nurse practitioner, Mary Beth Petraco, DNP, CPNP. Mary Beth is an expert on flu season and immunizations and works for the Suffolk County Health Department. She is also a member of one of the recommendation panels for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

She talks about her experiences in nursing and what she sees for the future of the field.



Q: What is your current position?

I am the Legislative Issues Chair for the Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island. I am also the Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases online advice nurse.

Q: What is it like to work in pediatric nursing?

I like pediatrics because children are wonderful human beings - what you see is what you get. I think what is very special about pediatrics is that you are not only caring for the children, but in an indirect way, you're caring for the entire family. You can't take care of the child outside of the context of his or her family.

Q: How did you get started in pediatric nursing?

I have an extensive background in public health and over 40 years of experience as a nurse. I have made it my mission to learn about immunizations and vaccines. I've been very fortunate to work with a lot of wonderful people with various state health departments, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and other nationally recognized leaders. I've also written extensively on vaccines and have a large practice myself.

Q: What is your average day like?

An average day for me is seeing a large number of children and making sure that they are vaccinated. I talk to their moms, dads, or grandparents and give them the tools that they need to care for their children, so their children can grow up to be healthy, productive adults.

Q: What are the challenges you face?

One of the common issues is [encountering] people who are opposed to immunizations. There's a lot of stuff on the Internet and in the press about the danger of vaccines - the danger is in the diseases that these vaccines prevent. We have a number of studies, very well-designed studies, which indicate that these vaccines are safe. A lot of what has occurred in the press has frightened some parents about vaccines. As health care providers, we need to take a step back and really listen to what those parents are saying, and make sure they feel good about what they're doing for their children.

I think the biggest challenge is ensuring that we get vaccines to all children, and all adults, too. We never really thought about vaccinating adults, but we have more and more vaccines for adults now as well.

Q: What are the benefits of pediatric nurse practice?

The biggest reward for nurses in this area is the tremendous feeling of satisfaction that you get from knowing that you've kept adults and children healthy. That has always been nursing's focus. There is a lot of sadness in the world and a lot of sick children and adults. Helping parents provide for their children so that they have a healthy life is very, very gratifying.

Q: What special skills do nurses need in this position?

We need to be able to explain to families how vaccines work. Be empathetic: listen, listen, listen! We need to listen to what the parent is saying to us and listen to the questions. Adults also have many questions. I hear all the time that many of our seniors believe that they can get influenza from the influenza vaccine. I think nurses really need to be well-educated in how to address these issues and allay that anxiety that people feel. [People should be] comfortable with their immunizations.

Q: In general, are there any specific traits that work well in this career?

[Nurses in this field] have to be very adept at keeping up with changes that occur. Immunization is such a quickly progressing science. We can get up in the morning and find new vaccines and new criteria for giving them. It's very important for nurses to be part of listservs. You can get up in the morning and find out what's new in immunizations and the science behind it. Those nurses who have kept up with the latest regulations and changes are able to educate their nurse and physician colleagues as well as parents and families.

Q: Was there anything that surprised you about nursing?

I'm a very proud Bellevue graduate. We had such superb faculty, and they indicated what was expected of us as nurses and educators clearly. They really emphasized how we nurses are communicators and educators, and that those are our big roles.

Q: What changes have you seen in nursing and what do you see for the future of the field?

I think the most significant changes are in the evolution of nursing education. I'm a very proud diploma graduate with several other degrees on top of that. Nursing education has changed from [learning] a skill set to [learning] evidence-based practice. We have so much more science now and so many more nurses who are doing research and getting that research published. We want to use evidence-based practice wherever we possibly can, and I see that as a real progression. I think nurses are really leaders in that area.

We know we don't have enough doctors. The focus of the physician is to cure illness. Nurses are looking to keep people healthy. [Health care] is going to be a real team effort between the physician, the nurse, and the nurse practitioner.

Q: What should students know about the education needed for the field?

First of all, I would want them to make sure they seek out a program that is going to steep them in evidence-based practice and how to search quickly on the Internet for the best available evidence.

They should ask questions about what kind of clinical experiences they will be getting. How many instructors or faculty members [does the program] have in proportion to the number of students? I would be thrilled if a student came to my school and knew that evidence-based practice was the way that nursing and medicine were being practiced today.

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Alabama

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)
Program Name: Acute and Continuing Care NP, Nurse Practitioner - Pediatric Primary Care
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)
Program Name: Child Health NP (online), Pediatric Acute Care NP (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Arizona

Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
Program Name: Child/Family Psychiatric Mental Health NP, Pediatric NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (online)
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Arkansas

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock, AR)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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California

Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA)
Program Name: Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, School Nurse Services Credential and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Brandman University (Irvine, CA)
Program Name: Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
California State University-Fresno (Fresno, CA)
Program Name: Primary Care/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
California State University-Long Beach (Long Beach, CA)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
California State University-Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Program Name: Nurse Practitioner - Primary & Acute Pediatric
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, CA)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of California Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Program Name: Pediatric (CNS and/or NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of California San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
Program Name: Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric NP (PNP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Colorado

University of Colorado-Denver (Denver, CO)
Program Name: Nursing Leadership: Pediatric Special Needs, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Connecticut

Yale University (New Haven, CT)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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District Of Columbia

Catholic University of America (Washington, DC)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Florida

Florida International University (Miami, FL)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Georgia

Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Georgia Regents University (Augusta, GA)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA)
Program Name: Child Health CNS/Pediatric NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu, HI)
Program Name: Child & Adolescent Psychiatric/Mental Health CSN, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Illinois

DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Rush University (Chicago, IL)
Program Name: Pediatric CNS, Pediatric NP (PNP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (Peoria, IL)
Program Name: Child and Family Nursing (CNL CNS or Educator) (online)
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Program Name: Pediatric (CNS or NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Indiana

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Iowa

University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Kansas

Wichita State University (Wichita, KS)
Program Name: Pediatrics NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Kentucky

Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights, KY)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Spalding University (Louisville, KY)
Program Name: Pediatric NP (PNP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
Program Name: MSN - Parent-Child Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Louisiana

Northwestern State University of Louisiana (Shreveport, LA)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Maryland

Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Maryland (Baltimore, MD)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Massachusetts

Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)
Program Name: Pediatric Health NP/CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
MGH Institute of Health Professions (Boston, MA)
Program Name: CNS, NP, Pediatrics CNS, Pediatrics NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
Program Name: Adult or Child Psychiatric/Mental Health CNS, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary and Acute Care
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Regis College (Weston, MA)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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Michigan

Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, MI)
Program Name: Advanced Nursing Practice (Child/Adolescent or Adult/Older Adult), Child APN (NP/CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
Program Name: Infant Child Adolescent Health/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Minnesota

St. Catherine University (St. Paul, MN)
Program Name: Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
Program Name: Doctor of Nursing Practice - Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health, Gerontology and Pediatrics CNS, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Program Name: Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Military Families & Culture (online)
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Missouri

St. Louis University (Saint Louis, MO)
Program Name: Pediatric (CNS NP or Nurse Educator) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Missouri (Columbia, MO)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Missouri-Kansas City (Kansas City, MO)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Missouri-St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
Program Name: Pediatric NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Nebraska

Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
Program Name: Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, NE)
Program Name: Women’s and Children’s Health Nursing (NP) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Nevada

University of Nevada-Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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New Jersey

Rutgers The State University of New Jersey-Newark (Newark, NJ)
Program Name: Advanced Practice in Pediatric Nursing (NP or CNS) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ)
Program Name: Pediatric NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (Newark, NJ)
Program Name: Child & Adolescent Psychiatric & Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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New Mexico

University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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New York

Columbia University (New York, NY)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
CUNY-Lehman College (Bronx, NY)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Molloy College (Rockville Centre, NY)
Program Name: Pediatric NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
New York University (New York, NY)
Program Name: Advanced Practice Nursing: Pediatrics NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY)
Program Name: Pediatric NP/CNS (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
SUNY-Upstate Medical University (Syracuse, NY)
Program Name: Nurse Practitioner: Child & Family Track (PNP & FNP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)
Program Name: Care of Children and Families/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Care of Children and Families/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with Pediatric Behavioral Health Specialization, Care of Children and Families/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric NP, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Child/Adolescent
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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North Carolina

Duke University (Durham, NC)
Program Name: Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner primary care
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Ohio

Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
Program Name: FNP/PNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Kent State University (Kent, OH)
Program Name: Pediatric CNS, Pediatric NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Akron (Akron, OH)
Program Name: Child and Adolescent Health Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Wright State University (Dayton, OH)
Program Name: Child/Adolescent Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma Health Science Center (Oklahoma City, OK)
Program Name: Pediatric NP
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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Pennsylvania

Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
Program Name: Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Gwynedd-Mercy College (Gwynedd Valley, PA)
Program Name: CNS in Pediatrics, NP in Pediatric Health
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Thomas Jefferson University (Danville, PA / Philadelphia, PA)
Program Name: Pediatric (NP and/or CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
Program Name: Pediatric Acute/Chronic Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Oncology Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Post-Masters DNP - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Villanova University (Villanova, PA)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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South Carolina

Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
Program Name: Child/Adolescent Nursing (CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC)
Program Name: Pediatric Nursing NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)
Program Name: Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (Family Adult and Pediatric)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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South Dakota

Mount Marty College (Yankton, SD)
Program Name: Masters in Nursing (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) (online)
South Dakota State University (Brookings, SD)
Program Name: Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
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Tennessee

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)
Program Name: Pediatric Clinical Specialist, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care (online), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care (online)
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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Texas

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (Lubbock, TX)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX)
Program Name: Acute Care Pediatric NP, Pediatric NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
Program Name: Child Health Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas at Tyler (Tyler, TX)
Program Name: Pediatric NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (Houston, TX)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (Galveston, TX)
Program Name: Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program - Pediatric (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas-Pan American (Edinburg, TX)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Virginia

Hampton University (Hampton, VA)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
Program Name: Community and Public Health Leadership Program with combined Family or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner preparation, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)
Program Name: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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Washington

University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
Program Name: Pediatric NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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West Virginia

West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)
Program Name: Pediatric NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Wisconsin

Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)
Program Name: Pediatric Acute Care NP, Pediatric Primary Care NP/CNS, Pediatrics - Acute Care, Pediatrics - Primary Care
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)
Program Name: Pediatrics
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI)
Program Name: Maternal/Child Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (online)