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    Mar 03, 2024  
2010-2011 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog 
2010-2011 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Nursing with a Major in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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About the Program

This program prepares advanced practice nurses to provide primary healthcare to children and young adults. Students take core courses covering theoretical foundations for nursing practice, health systems and models, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, nursing research and advanced health assessment. Clinical courses emphasize the care of infants, children, adolescents and their families. Distinctive features: offered on Augusta campus and in the Georgia cities of Athens and Columbus via on-site faculty, distance-learning, and interactive web instruction and faculty in pediatric primary care practice.

The goals of the Nurse Practitioner Programs are to prepare graduates to:

  • Evaluate and apply theories and research findings to the advanced practice of nursing.
  • Collaborate with healthcare providers and consumers to design and initiate strategies to influence the nature and outcomes of healthcare services.
  • Engage in advanced practice based on legal and ethical principles and professional standards of practice.
  • Assume a leadership role in identifying and resolving issues that have an actual or potential impact on nursing and healthcare.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills of an advanced practice nurse in a variety of client care situations.
  • Continue to acquire knowledge and skills requisite to maintaining and enhancing advanced practice expertise.

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Career Opportunities

  •  Primary care settings such as health clinics, medical offices, and managed care settings
  • Specialty settings such as pediatric oncology-hematology, adolescent gynecology, and developmental pediatrics
  • Other areas such as clinical research, education, and public health

Salary Information


Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in the middle 50% earn between $76,482 and $90,148.



This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Graduates are eligible for national board certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the National Certification Board for Pediatric Nurse Practioners, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Admission Requirements

Completed Online Application for Graduate Programs (please visit the Office of Admissions website for fee information:

Application Deadline:  February 1 ‐ FALL entry

GPA: Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Minimum Degree Requirement and Official Transcripts: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and/or Master’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited program.

Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended including transcripts for any courses currently in progress. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course‐by‐course transcript evaluation based on official transcripts and documents be accepted in lieu of an official transcript.

Official transcripts should be sent to GHSU’s Office of Academic Admission as part of your “Admissions Packet.” To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar’s office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, transcripts can be mailed to GHSU’s Office of Academic Admission directly from the Registrar’s office of the issuing institution.

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course‐by‐course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Official evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents, or copies will not satisfy this requirement.

References: Recommendations from three individuals are required. Referees should be individuals (usually college professors) qualified to critically assess the applicants prior academic, employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicants potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected.

Graduate reference forms and letters can be submitted online only. Applicants list names and provide information for three individuals as references during the online application process. Once the application is submitted, each referee will receive an email directing them to complete the online reference form. The completed reference form will then be forwarded to the Office of Academic Admissions via the online application system, CollegeNet. An applicant wishing to change a reference letter after the application has been submitted must log into his/her CollegeNet account and change the name and contact information for the reference.

GRE Requirement: Minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 900. Official GRE scores are required (only the General GRE test is required). All official GRE scores must be submitted to GHSU’s OAA directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code. Millers Analogy Test (MAT) exam scores with a minimum score of 400 will be accepted in place of GRE exam scores; test must be taken within the last 5 years.

All official MAT scores must be submitted to GHSU’s OAA directly from Pearson Education, Inc. The institution code for submission of MAT scores to GHSU is 1108. Please do not select a department code.

TOEFL Exam Scores: Minimum score of 550 paper‐based, 213 computer based, or 79 internet based.

Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whosefirst language is not English. The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction.

Program Specific Requirements

Pre‐requisite course work:

  • Undergraduate or graduate statistics.

Personal Interview: Interviews by invitation only. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on an initial review of submitted application materials. Selected applicants will be notified directly by the program.

Resume or CV

Experience: Minimum of one year of RN experience required before beginning clinical courses.

Proof of current Georgia RN Nursing license is required prior to enrollment. Additional RN nursing license for states bordering Georgia may also be recommended.

Admission Recommendations

GPA: Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

Experience: Most students have at least two to three years of RN experience. The most successful nurse practitioner students have clinical experience with children of all ages and their families. Experience in communicating with children and their caregivers and in making independent nursing decisions has proven to be extremely helpful to students. While students often have experience in hospital and/or intensive care settings, it is not required, nor is it necessarily an advantage. Experience in any setting that promotes the development of professional confidence, clinical expertise, communication skills and self‐awareness is essential for success in the nurse practitioner program.

While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with GHSU’s Office of Academic Admissions for recent updates.

Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.

How To Apply

Apply online at by February 1 for Fall semester.

For more information on this program, visit

Office of Academic Admissions
170 Kelly Building–Administration
Georgia Health Sciences University
Augusta, Georgia 30912
Telephone: 706-721-2725
Toll free: 800-519-3388
Fax: 706-721-7279

Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Tuition and Fees  section of this catalog.