Arizona State University
University Senate

Senate Motion #2018-45


Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Caroline Harrison, Chair

Date of First Reading: March 26, 2018

Date of Second Reading: April 23, 2018

Title of Motion: Request from the College of Nursing and Health Innovation – for the establishment of a graduate certificate – Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.   

Rationale: The Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP-AC) program provides preparation for an advanced practice registered nursing role eligible for certification by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). PNP-ACs provides family centered and culturally respectful health care for patients (infants, children, adolescents, and young adults) with unstable chronic, complex acute, and critical life-threatening illnesses and conditions across a variety of health care settings. The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) recognizes only 36 acute care pediatric nurse practitioner programs in the United States. Currently, there are only six programs in the west and no PNP-AC programs offered within Arizona. This certificate will support the required didactic and clinical preparation for certified primary care pediatric nurse practitioners to be prepared to sit for the PNP-AC certification and work in the acute care setting caring for critically ill children. Phoenix Children’s Hospital leadership estimates the need for 200 additional PNP-AC nurse practitioners over the next five years.



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