Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
(All Graduate programs are open for application every Fall.)
The Primary Care/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Option prepares the graduate to provide
primary health care to children. Classroom and clinical experiences focus on health
assessment, health maintenance, and promotion, as well as counseling, client education,
and management of selected health problems. Practice in rural settings and with clients
from diversified cultural backgrounds is emphasized. Preceptor selection for clinical
placement in the nurse practitioner program is the responsibility of the School of
Nursing. The School will gather pertinent information to assist in preceptor identification
during the first semester of the program. All preceptors must meet standards for
educational and clinical experience as established by the California Board of Registered
Nursing and appropriate accrediting bodies.
Graduates meet the requirements for recognition as Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in California and may apply for national certification.
The purpose of the Primary Care/Nurse Practioner Option is to prepare nurses as specialists in primary care and to improve the availability, accessibility, and quality of primary care services in the Central San Joaquin Valley.
Evaluation of Prior Education or Experience in Primary Care
Students who are eligible for admission to graduate standing at California State University, Fresno may have prior educational preparation evaluated for waiver or substitution of required courses. In the case of a student requesting a waiver of graduate coursework, an evaluation of prior educational experience will be performed on an individual basis. Professional experience in primary care may also be evaluated on an individual basis for placement in the clinical courses and development of a curriculum to meet program requirements.
Components of this evaluation include, but are not limited to, a personal interview and review of transcripts, course material, and personal records. Based on this evaluation, an individualized plan for placement and progression in the graduate program will be developed, including the incorporation of alternate assignments.
Master of Science Degree Requirements
Under the direction of the graduate coordinator, each student prepares and submits
an individually designed program based on the following:
Core courses in nursing (13 units)
NURS 211, 212, 221, 223, 225
Thesis (NURS 299) or Project (NURS 298) (3 units)
Comprehensive Exam* (0 units)
* Additional approved 3-unit elective required for students taking the Comprehensive Exam.
Minimum Total (40 units)