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  • MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (Individual Across the Lifespan)


    The accredited online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program was designed for individuals who wish to obtain their MSN or post-graduate certificate and become a family nurse practitioner. The coursework is designed to introduce the NP student to primary care of the family and/or individual across the lifespan from birth to death. The focus is on well care and the management of episodic acute or chronic illnesses. Critical analysis of clinical strategies and interventions in health promotion, health maintenance, disease prevention and common health problems seen in family medicine are studied.

    Program Features

    • The master's degree in nursing at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Synchronous online lectures offer a highly interactive learning format that challenges and engages students
    • An experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel’s acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions
    • Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for Family Nurse Practitioner Certification through AANP or ANCC

    Practicum/On-Campus Requirements

    This is a high-quality program that demands a major time commitment by advanced practicing nursing students. Because students are being trained to diagnose and treat patients, this program was designed to combine the convenience of online learning with the necessary rigor to become a highly competent and confident advanced nurse practitioner. Thus, while most courses are offered online, some facets of the program do require on-campus visits. The first four clinical courses each require 160 practicum hours while the fifth clinical course, NURS 538 - FNP V, requires 80 hours.**  The on-campus visits include:

    • NURS 534 – FNP I Summer Residency and Simulation (3 days)
    • NURS 536 – FNP III Winter Simulation Experience (1 day)
    • NURS 537 – FNP IV Spring Residency and Simulation (3 days)
    • NURS 538 – FNP V Summer Simulation Experience (1 day)

    During the mandatory On-Campus Intensive, students will participate in simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in the College of Nursing and Health Professions' state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary patient simulation lab. These visits allow professors to offer students direct support, guidance, and mentoring while providing students with the opportunity to interact with faculty members and collaborate with their peers.

    For questions, please contact:

    Amanda Pauker
    Academic Advisor

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner Track 
    Core Courses 
    NURS 500Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
    NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
    NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
    RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
    RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
    Support Courses 
    NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
    NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
    NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
    NURS 556Pharmacology for Family Nurse Practitioners3.0
    NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
    Clinical Courses 
    NURS 534FNP I: Primary Care of the Emerging Family5.0
    NURS 535FNP II: Primary and Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents5.0
    NURS 536FNP III: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Across the Adult Age Spectrum I5.0
    NURS 537FNP IV: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Across the Adult Age Spectrum II5.0
    NURS 538FNP V: Integrative Practicum in Family Practice Across the Lifespan4.0
    Total Credits56.0

    View a Sample Plan of Study [PDF]
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    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from program fully accredited by National League of Nursing (NLN) and/or American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN.) The accrediting body for NLN is ACEN and the accrediting body for the American Association Colleges of Nursing is CCNE. 
    • GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or 3.25 or above on the last 60 credits of the BSN
    • A current, unrestricted United States RN license

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former nursing faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study
      • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members
    • Personal statement (under 1,000 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:  
      • Why you are choosing this particular program of study,
      • Your plans upon completion of the graduate degree, and
      • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this MSN program
    • Resume including specific details of your responsibilities and job experiences
    • A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable)
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $887 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $985 per credit)

    This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.

    Additional Equipment/Lab Fees


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2015     

    September 21, 2015

    December 5, 2015

    December 7, 2015

    December 12, 2015

    Winter 2016 

    January 4, 2016

    March 14, 2016

    March 15, 2016

    March 19, 2016

    Spring 2016 

    March 28, 2016

    June 6, 2016

    June 7, 2016

    June 10, 2016

    Summer 2016 

    June 20, 2016

    August 29, 2016

    August 30, 2016

    September 3, 2016

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