Masters Of Science In Nursing And Doctor Of Nursing Practice (MSN-DNP)

The MSN-DNP program is a clinical nursing rotation at Children’s. It takes place within both the main hospital and our general pediatrics practice, Children’s Physicians.

In our program, you will gain knowledge and experiences needed to complete you degree and begin an advanced career in nursing.

Children’s supports several nurse practitioner student programs, including:

  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care (PNP-AC)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Children’s Physicians supports the following nurse practitioner student programs:

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Eligibility And Requirements

    Any MSN or DNP student is eligible for our program. You will need pre-approval, which includes a maintaining a contract between Children’s and your college of nursing. You must also complete prerequisite assessments and training before starting the program.

    The Nursing Education Department will manage all MSN or DNP student processes.

  • Priority For Approving Student Clinical Requests

    • Current Children’s employees who are MSN or DNP students will be given priority in their requests for student experiences. The employee may not conduct their student clinical in their current work location.
    • Students from local nursing schools will be given priority over students from outside of the metro area. Depending on the amount of available preceptors, we will consider requests from other, outside nursing schools.
  • Available Locations

    Several different Children’s locations and services may have preceptors available. These include:

    Children’s Physicians Offices

    Children’s Physicians is a group of board-certified pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners providing expert pediatric care at more than a dozen offices throughout the Omaha area, including several with adjacent urgent care facilities. Many offices have been awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home.

    Children’s Physicians pediatricians hold themselves to levels of care that far surpass national quality of care standards in pediatrics. They maintain these outstanding credentials as the only pediatricians practicing in partnership with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and Creighton University School of Medicine’s pediatrics training program.

    We have offices in:

    • Bellevue
    • Council Bluffs
    • Creighton University Medical Center
    • Dundee
    • Embassy Park
    • Fremont
    • Gretna
    • Kearney
    • Mission Village
    • Plattsmouth
    • Spring Valley
    • UNMC 982167 Nebraska Medical Center
    • Val Verde
    • West Village Point

    Learn more about Children’s Physicians.

    Children’s Specialty Pediatric Center (SPC)

    Specialists from Children’s Specialty Physicians provide care in numerous outpatient specialty clinics housed in the Specialty Pediatric Center (SPC).

    The SPC has the largest group of pediatric specialists in the region, with more than 160 experienced physicians who have advanced specialization and board certification in a wide range of medical and surgical specialties, unique to the care of children.

    Children’s Hospitalist Service

    The hospitalists at Children’s provide primary care for children who have been admitted for an inpatient stay. Our hospitalists work within Children’s to improve the quality of pediatric healthcare delivery, advance safety efforts, and enhance the patient experience within the hospital setting.

    Children’s Emergency Department (ED)

    The ED has 15 total beds for patients with emergent needs: 2 resuscitation/trauma and 13 standard ER.

    Children’s Emergency Medicine has been designated a level II pediatric trauma center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). We are the only ACS-verified hospital in the region that is dedicated to solely to pediatric care.

    Children’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

    As Nebraska’s only Level IV NICU, this 40-bed unit provides care to the region’s most critically ill and premature newborns.

    Our Fetal Care Center provides a coordinated plan of care for babies with complex medical conditions that will require intervention shortly after birth. In very high-risk situations, expectant mothers can deliver their babies in a specialized unit located steps away from the NICU.

    Our Neuro NICU is a collaboration between care teams from several specialties to care for infants who have, or are at risk for, brain injury. Specialized physicians, nurses, and therapists work together to provide unique and individualized care to ensure our patients reach their full potential.

  • MSN–Nursing Education, MSN-Nursing Informatics, Or MSN-Nursing Administration Experiences

    Nursing leaders (Directors or Clinical Managers), Clinical Nurse Specialists, or Clinical Education Specialists (MSN in Nursing Education, Admin, or Informatics) are available to provide supervised clinical instruction upon request.

    Applications for precepted experiences are approved based on preceptor resources and availability.

  • Application Process

    MSN or DNP nursing students must apply online for a student clinical experience with a preceptor in the Children’s system.

    For experiences with a provider at Children’s Physicians, there are two parts to the application:

    1. Student must apply online and include the name of the provider that they have confirmed their experience with.
    2. The Nursing Education Department will confirm with the student all other aspects of the experience, including the contract with their school and the onboarding process.

    For experiences with a provider at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in the hospital or Children’s Specialty Pediatric Center (SPC), students must apply online.

    Applications are available online at:

    All fields in the application must be completed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Application deadlines are set in anticipation of needs for the following semester:

    • Spring Semester application deadline is Oct 31
    • Summer Semester application deadline is April 1
    • Fall Semester application deadline is June 30

    Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

    Applicants will be approved based on preceptor resources and availability. Notifications of acceptance will be sent a few weeks after the deadline.

    Please contact or 402-955-4582 with questions or for more information.

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