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Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

A Pediatric Nurse Practitioner provides primary and specialty healthcare to children from infancy to young adulthood.
Required education
Average annual salary
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll typically work alongside pediatricians in a hospital or outpatient facility, but you could even run your own practice in some states.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do


You’ll be the liaison between patients, families, doctors, and specialists.


You’ll provide patients and families with emotional support and wellness advice.


You’ll teach patients and families about all kinds of health-related issues.


You’ll perform check-ups and developmental screenings.


You’ll diagnose and prescribe medication for common conditions and chronic diseases.

Where you’ll work
  • Ambulatory care centers
  • Hospitals
  • Long term care centers
How to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.


Get your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).


Get your Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Board Certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.


You’re ready to work as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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