PNP Faculty

Resources for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Faculty

PNP Faculty

Find important updates, helpful resources for you and your students, as well as the information you need to join or maintain participation in PNCB Program Resources. Participation is free and involves an annual documentation process by Program Directors.

Benefits of PNCB's Program Resources: 

  • Less paperwork for faculty
  • Program Director access to aggregate student performance reports
  • Faster exam application processing for students


Clinical Hours Requirement Note

In response to multiple queries regarding the 500 direct patient care clinical hours and the impact of COVID-19, the national leaders of nurse practitioner certifying and accrediting organizations as well as faculty and membership organizations met and affirmed this Unified Statement on NP Students and Clinical Hours released 3/23/2020.

  • The Unified Statement confirms ongoing adherence to the 2016 National Task Force Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (NTFC) which requires a minimum of 500 supervised direct patient care hours, not to include skill lab hours or simulation.
  • Simulation may be used for NP programs or certification boards that require more than 500 hours, once the minimum has been met. The NTFC allows the use of telehealth towards the 500-hour requirement.
  • PNCB has always recommended 600 hours for acute care programs and will continue to recommend, not require, this number of hours in the near term.
  • PNCB emailed the Unified Statement to all PNP programs on 3/23/2020.
  • PNP programs, and not PNCB, determine how and where students complete clinical practice hours. We urge students to contact their program with these types of questions.

Especially for faculty! Do you have pain points or challenges in your item writing process? Writing exam questions is both a science and an art. Learn the fundamentals of exam development and item writing from the experts at PNCB with this no-cost module. You'll see how to craft fair, relevant questions to avoid flaws and accurately validate knowledge. 2.5 contact hours.

March 2016: PNCB's comprehensive research article regarding our third analysis of AC PNP practice is available from the Journal of Pediatric Health Care. Thank you to the hundreds of practicing acute care PNPs who participated to ensure the CPNP-AC exam continues to reflect current practice.

PNCB's Institute of Pediatric Nursing offers free posters and talking points to encourage prospective APRN students to choose PNP programs.

All post-graduate or post-master's DNP PNP Program applicants must possess a minimum of a Master of Science in Nursing or a Doctorate of Nursing degree from a nationally accredited program.

Note: Additional documentation is required for candidates with a Master's or doctorate from a non-US based graduate nursing program. The PNCB requires information documenting the process utilized by PNP program faculty to determine the equivalency of a non-US based or foreign transcript to a nationally accredited US Master's- or doctorate-level nurse practitioner education.

Candidates and PNP Program faculty may contact the PNCB at to learn more about this requirement.

The PNCB requires information documenting the process utilized by PNP program faculty to determine the equivalency of a non-US based educational experience.

This includes foreign coursework, and clinical experiences that may be applied towards a nationally accredited US Master's- or doctorate-level pediatric nurse practitioner educational program.

The Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (AFPNP) is a national organization of nursing educators who teach in pediatric, family, and school nurse practitioner programs, and who work together on relevant practice and educational issues. Established in 1972, AFPNP seeks to foster quality interdisciplinary education of pediatric nurse practitioners.

PNCB actively supports the AFPNP in their efforts to amplify the voice of faculty for the future of PNP education.

Join today! Learn more and become a member at

Benefits of membership include:

  • Networking with colleagues across the country
  • Online resources for curriculum development
  • Participation in committees to advance PNP education and faculty
  • Support and collaboration for special projects
  • Timely updates on educational and policy issues impacting you and your students
  • Recognition through AFPNP's Researcher of the Year, AFPNP Outstanding Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Educator Award, and Outstanding Preceptor Awards

Faces of Certification

PNCB-certified nursing professionals work in a variety of roles and settings throughout the US and beyond. Share your photo today!

Karen Capusan, CPNP-PC Northwell Health New Hyde Park, NY
Jesse Kay, CPN, CPNP-AC Children's Hospital Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
Tyler Simpson, CPNP-PC, CPN Arkansas Children's Hospital Little Rock, AR
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