Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)

In nursing, three letters on your name tag can make a world of difference. Our online Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner can do more than help you establish your reputation as an expert in health care; it can help master every aspect of pediatric patient care.

The US Census Bureau estimates that by 2030 there will be 76.3 million children in the US*. While AANP reports that only 4% of NPs are educated and certified as pediatric NPs, thus creating a critical shortage**. Our MSN PNP program is designed to help future NPs enhance their knowledge, hone their skills and meet the demand in providing quality advanced care to children and their families – all without interrupting their career.

*National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

**American Association of Nurse Practitioners

What can you do with an advanced pediatric nursing degree?

Where do pediatric nurse practitioners work?


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Dr. Michele Pedulla

PNP Program Overview

Watch this video by Dr. Michele Pedulla, online Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program Director.

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Our curriculum can prepare you for new leadership opportunities.

We’re here to support you. With several degrees of student support, no GRE requirements and a flexible learning environment, we’re breaking down barriers that often prevent bright minds from reaching their full potential in advanced practice. Our inclusive approach to leadership starts with three entry points:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing to MSN
  • Non-Nursing Bachelor’s to MSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing to MSN


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Length: 28-36 months
Total Credits: 46-61

Application Deadlines:

Fall: 07/05/2021
Spring: 11/02/2021

Upcoming Start Dates:

Fall: 08/30/2021
Spring: 01/04/2022

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Why choose Regis for your Master of Science in Nursing?

The online MSN is a virtual extension of our highly regarded on campus program, one of the largest nurse practitioner programs in Massachusetts. The Regis School of Nursing was the first in New England to be designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nursing.

At Regis, we work directly with active nursing professionals, which means our PNP program incorporates insider perspective on the leadership qualities the field demands to help you build those skills. With our MSN, you can develop important leadership qualities such as: critical thinking, professional and interpersonal communication, effective decision making, patience and more.

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100% online, flexible learning environment

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Complete in as few as 28-36 months

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Qualify to sit for PNCB certification

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83% Our overall 2019 NP exam pass rate

*based on Regis online & on-campus NP exam pass rates

Pediatric Nurse Practice by the Numbers

$89,121 The average salary for pediatric nurse practitioners in the U.S., according to (2020)

4% The percentage of nurse practitioners who specialize in pediatric primary care (AANP)

49 The average age of NPs working in the U.S. in 2019 (AANP)

Pediatricians, hospital administrations, and pediatric subspecialists have indicated intentions to hire PNPs

Regis offers a tuition discount to our organizational partners. Find out if you qualify.

Ranked #16 Master of Science in Nursing programs

Master’s Programs Guide ranked Regis #16 in 50 Best Online Master of Science in Nursing Programs.

Ranked #16 Master of Science in Nursing programs ranked Regis #2 in Best Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs.


Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)


Accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.)


Designated as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing


What can you do with an MSN PNP degree?

Treating children requires PNPs to be especially observant, as children are not always able to effectively communicate their health issues. They interact with family members more than any other care-giving discipline and perform a wide range of duties including:

Diagnosing, treating and managing pediatric illnesses

Evaluating childhood growth patterns

Designing home care plans for families of children with special needs

Providing caregiver education about conditions and development


Where do pediatric nurse practitioners work?

Like all nurse practitioners, pediatric nurse practitioners are in high demand due to changes in health care law, rising standards in primary care, and the need to replace retiring nurses. That means pediatric nurse degree holders can pursue a wealth of opportunities and take their expertise to a variety of work settings, including:

Hospital Outpatient Clinics

Outpatient Pediatric Specialty Clinics

Primary Care (school-based clinics, health departments, community clinics, and private primary care practices)

Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health

Physician offices




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About Regis

As a leader in education, Regis is dedicated to offering programs with a holistic view of health care that are designed for the future of the field. Through cutting-edge coursework, industry-active faculty members, and an array of majors and graduate programs, Regis has been able to positively impact the educational community, health care landscape, and personal lives of students nationwide.

“In recent years, Regis has become a powerhouse in professional and graduate education in nursing and health sciences. As a result, our university has become increasingly visible locally, nationally, and internationally.”

President Dr. Antoinette Hays, RN, Ph.D.

When you choose Regis, you join a closely-knit community with big university benefits. As a Regis student, you have the opportunity to build a solid health care foundation, lasting professional connections, and the specialized expertise you need to expand your skills and perspective. Prepare to enter in-demand fields such as nursing and health administration confidently with an education of the highest standard.


Let’s move forward

Wherever you are in your career and wherever you want to be, look to Regis for a direct path. Fill out our form to learn more about our program options or to get started on your advanced health care degree today.