DNP-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs

DNP-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program

The DNP-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Program is an extension of the state's first Doctor of Nursing Practice Program for advanced practice nurses.

The DNP-PNP program educates advanced nurse clinicians for expert practice in leadership and clinical roles with focus on the primary health care of children from birth through young adult.  This doctoral-level education provides the clinical policy, and leadership expertise to improve child and family health care outcomes.  The program enables nurse to become expert nurse leaders and collaborators in solving health care problems in systems.  

Course of Study
  • The DNP-PNP programs integrate didactic and clinical instruction reinforced by clinical and lab experiences.

  • The DNP core courses provide the foundation of health care policy, evidence-based practice, leadership and systems management that prepares the advanced practice nurse to deliver optimal care in the ever-changing health care environment.

  • The clinical courses reflect PNP competencies including advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, advanced health assessment, nursing practice, and health care delivery to children and their families.
  • Students complete more than 1000 hours of clinical and simulated experiences which emphasize essential competencies to address the primary health care needs of patients and their families. Complex needs of vulnerable populations is threaded throughout the course of study.

  • Study is rounded out by a practice-improvement project that integrates DNP Essentials and PNP Competencies in a practice setting.

  • The program prepares students to meet the eligibility requirements for the certification exams offered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board after graduation.

Program Options

The DNP-PNP program offers full-time and part-time study.  The program is approved by the Georgia Board of Regents as a web-based program with greater than 50 percent of the program taught online.  Currently, students are completing the program in cohorts located on Augusta and Athens campuses.

Prospective students for the DNP-PNP programs are considered on an individual basis requiring careful evaluation of their transcripts and clinical backgrounds to determine specific content and courses needed to reach their professional goals.

Scholarship and Educational Opportunities



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Deadline : Fall 2017 deadline extended to May 1, 2017
Spring 2018 deadline (open to Augusta Univeristy MSN-CNL alumni only; part-time study only) - extended to May 1, 2017.

Complete applications fully processed into the system by the application deadline will receive consideration priority. 

Applicants are encouraged to check the status of their application regularly to ensure documents requested and/or sent have been processed into the system.

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Admission Requirements


Program Curricula

Tuition and Fees

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Jean Pawl, PhD, RN, OCN, CNE
Acting, Interim Program Director - DNP Primary Care Track

Mary Lou LaComb Davis, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC
PNP Track Coordinator

Karen Sturgill, MPA
Program Manager 2

(T) 706.721.3676

Accredited by the Commission of Collegiate
Nursing Education. 

For additional information
about the DNP degree, visit the American Association of Colleges of Nursing website or view the DNP Essentials document.