Hello! I am in the process of getting things together to begin applying to some ABSN programs and also, some direct entry MSN programs for fall 2013 entry. I am curious - some direct entry programs do not have pediatric acute/critical care as an option for a specialty, only pediatric nurse practitioner (schools such as Yale, Johns Hopkins, Boston College, Columbia, and Vanderbilt), but acute/critical care is my hopeful specialty. If I were to complete training in the normal pediatric NP specialty, would there be opportunity to advance into acute/critical care after an internship or something along those lines? I know that getting the certification to practice pediatric acute/critical care is different than regular pediatrics, so I was wondering how this would work. I have been struggling to find advice, because I feel like the schools I am hoping to apply to don't seem to know how to answer my questions, or I get directed to someone who is just working in the office and not an advisor. Any help or advice I could get would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all so much!