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PNP-AC post-DNP certificate

For DNP-prepared nurses who wish to broaden their scope of practice by becoming certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner in acute care, the UIC College of Nursing offers a certificate program that will allow them to qualify for national certification in this focus area.

The post-DNP certificate program is offered in a hybrid format consisting of online, on-site and blended courses.

All applicants to the PNP-AC post-DNP certificate program must undergo a gap analysis to determine course and educational needs. The intent to apply must be communicated to the specialty director prior to submitting an application. Email specialty director Tracey Ogdon at

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  • 100 % Graduates' pass rate on certification exam

  • Clinicals Practicum sites and highly qualified preceptors are arranged for all students by faculty

Courses for a post-DNP certificate in Pediatric Acute Care include three pediatric acute care management courses and three practicum courses. The practicum courses include 750 hours in a pediatric acute care clinical setting.

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Tuition for the post-DNP certificate is based on UIC professional program tuition, which is set by the university. The rates found via the link below are for students at the Chicago campus only; students at our other campuses may have variances in rates. Consult the director at your selected campus for additional details. Certificates are not considered “degree-seeking” and therefore financial aid will not be available.

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  • Can I apply hours from my current position to the clinical requirements for this program?

    At UIC Nursing, we feel strongly that clinical hours in the new focus area are essential to preparing you to become the best practitioner you can be in that area. Therefore, we do not provide clinical credit for hours from your current APRN certification.

  • Are 750 clinical hours required for every student?

    A minimum of 750 clinical hours is required for a new focus area. There are some cases in which a certified NP who is practicing out of scope in the new focus area may have applicable clinical hours. UIC Nursing will do an individual gap analysis to determine how many hours you need for this program.

  • I have a DNP degree but am not a nurse practitioner or midwife. Can I enroll in this program?

    Nurses who have DNP degrees in systems-focused areas and want to enroll in the this post-DNP certificate program are required to take additional courses. Contact the program director for details.

Tracey Ogdon, DNP, CPNP-AC/PC, CCRN Heading link

Director, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Acute Care Program

845 S. Damen Ave., 837 NURS, (MC 802), Chicago, Illinois 60612