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Can you post a link? I can't find a reference to a Direct entry program. Their Child and Adolescent program looks like a pretty generic primary care program. As far as the dual certification, you are aware that there are two certifications available for PNP's. One is primary care and the other is acute care. I would guess that a dual certification program would certify you in both acute and pediatric care. There are a few ACNP dual certification courses but they are usually FNP/ACNP or ANP/ACNP. The issue that I see with a PNP/ACNP program is keeping up with the adult and pediatrics for certification.
David Carpenter, PA-C
It isn't on their website yet. I read it in "The University of Akron Magazine for Alumni & Friends." I'll type out what it says.
"The College of Nursing has joined an elite group of schools offering an Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program, certified by the Pediatric Nursing Practitioner program. The board approved the college's newest program in June, making it the only certified program of its kind in Northeast Ohio, one of two in Ohio, and one of 12 nationwide. Piloted in 2007, the 55-credit hour/900 clinical hours dual acute care and primary care master's program prepares pediatric nurse practitioners to meet the needs of children with complex acute and chronic health conditions. Professionals may practice in intensive care environments, including critical care and emergency rooms, specialty office practices or clinics, as well as in rehabilitation and early intervention programs."
The article also states that is a need for acute care pediatric nurse practitioners both regionally and nationally. It says that there are not many certified acute care PNPs in Ohio and that it has been heavily requested. The program was collaboratively made between the University of Akron and physicians/PNPs at Akron Children's Hospital.
It is just like any other MSN program that requires 1 year critical care experience, a BSN, and certified as an RN to enter the program. It is three years in length.
So, do you end up certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner AND an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner orrr are you a PNP who is dual certified in Acute Care and Primary Care, meaning you could not do Acute Care with adults?