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The Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Inc., is a national organization of nursing educators who teach in pediatric, family and school nurse practitioner programs, and who collaborate on relevant practice and educational issues.


The purpose of the organization is to foster quality interdisciplinary education of pediatric nurse practitioners.


  • Foster quality interdisciplinary health care through the education of pediatric nurse practitioners,

  • Represent pediatric nurse practitioner educational programs to organizations involved in the education and certification of pediatric nurse practitioners,

  • Provide a forum for the discussion of issues relevant to pediatric nursing education, and scope of practice,

  • Provide continuing education for faculty, 

  • Provide a forum for faculty to disseminate and discuss research activities,

  • Foster communication with other organizations, and

  • Identify curriculum standards for pediatric nurse practitioner programs.


The organization was conceived in 1973 at the University of Connecticut, where faculty from across the country gathered to establish pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) curriculum guidelines. In 1978, PNP faculty met in Iowa City, Iowa to discuss a national board certification for PNPs.  The group emerged from this meeting with a clear purpose and goals. Later the same year, AFPNP was formally incorporated as a non-stock, non-profit 503(c)(3) organization.

Since 1978, AFPNP members have been meeting annually in conjunction with the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)  National Conference on Pediatric Health Care. Priority initiatives continue to evolve with the changing landscape of graduate nursing education and health care systems to address the challenges that pediatric educators face.


Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs) are health care providers who are dedicated to improving children's health. PNPs have advanced education in pediatric nursing and health care and they serve children and families in an extensive range of practice settings. Working with pediatricians and other health care providers, PNPs have been enhancing the health care of children for over forty years. 

What do PNPs do? PNPs serve as pediatric health care providers for well and ill children of all ages. Many parents choose a PNP as their child's health care provider knowing they will receive individualized quality health care. Learn More.

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