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Transforming Healthcare Transforming Lives:
Creating the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow and the Research that Improves Health

Pediatric Health Nursing

Be a Leader in Pediatric Health!

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners promote wellness and disease prevention, treat illness, and manage chronic illness of infants, children, adolescents and their families. The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner provides health care to children from birth through age 21 in a variety of settings from the primary care office, to clinics and hospitals.

As a USF Pediatric Nurse Practitioner you will be prepared to implement evidence-based practice guidelines and to critically analyze and adapt health care interventions based on the individual needs of each patient. USF will prepare you with the knowledge of the specific healthcare issues of people from diverse populations and to practice as part of an interprofessional healthcare team. Make a difference to individuals and groups of workers as a USF Pediatric Nurse Practitioner!

Dianne Morrison-Beedy Dianne Morrison-Beedy Dean, College of Nursing

Transform Healthcare as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner!

Why Pediatric Nurse Practitioner?

  • Make a difference in the life of the child, their family or caregiver
  • Manage the full spectrum of healthcare: common, chronic & prevention
  • Provide healthcare across the continuum from infants to adolescents
  • Implement patient-centered, evidence-based treatment strategies
  • Promote disease prevention and cost effective health management
  • Practice in a variety of pediatric health care settings
  • Practice in a interprofessional healthcare team for optimal patient care

Why USF?

  • USF is the fastest growing research university in the nation
  • USF is ranked 8th as an 'up and coming' university, in the 2012 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges
  • USF ranks among Forbes America's Best Colleges 2011
  • USF is ranked 5th Most Veteran Friendly School in the U.S.

Why USF Nursing?

  • One of only four PNP programs in Florida recognized by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
  • Nationally-renowned faculty with real world experience
  • Graduates are prepared to sit for national certification as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Corporation or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board


Pediatric Nurse Practitioners are prepared at USF to take on the full scope of the role, providing healthcare to children of all ages, diverse populations and cultures, and to become leaders in interprofessional healthcare teams. USF PNPs are well prepared and consistently score high on national certification exams, and the USF PNP concentration is one of only four in Florida recognized by the pediatric Nursing Certification Board. If you have a passion for pediatric healthcare, and the drive to become the best, then you need to be in the USF Pediatric Nurse Practitioner master’s program!

Susan E. Kennel Susan E. Kennel, PhD, PNP, FAANP Concentration Director, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)

What People are Saying:

I am proud to have coordinated the first Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Boot Camp at the USF Nursing Virtual Simulation Center, with hands-on pediatric and adolescent clinical assessment skills to familiarize students with the components of infant, pediatric, and adolescent physical exams. The boot camp provides nurse practitioner students with hands-on skills, comfort and confidence, and also provides a forum where they can ask faculty questions and receive feedback in a nonthreatening and non-pressure atmosphere. This is one of many out-of-the-box initiatives that make USF Nursing the only place for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner education!

Alicia Rossiter Alicia Rossiter, MSN, ARNP, FNP, PNP-BC USF College of Nursing