MSN Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Overview The accredited online MSN Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares students for advanced nursing roles as clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in Pediatric Acute Care. Students will also become experts in delivering care to infants, children, and adolescents with acute, critical and complex health conditions. The program's curriculum emphasizes evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the critical use of new technology, while preparing nurses to practice in an inpatient and outpatient acute or specialty clinical setting. The program follows the curricular guidelines approved by the National Taskforce on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education (2008) and follows Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Competencies (NONPF, 2002) and Critical Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies (NONPF, 2004.) Graduates are qualified to sit for certification examinations for acute care (PNCB) pediatric nurse practitioners.Program FeaturesThe master's degree in nursing at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing EducationCourses taught by experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel's acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP)Access to our state-of-the-art patient simulation labGraduates of the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program are eligible for the Acute Care Pediatric exam offered by the PNCBSynchronous online lectures offer a highly interactive learning format that challenges and engages studentsOn-Campus RequirementsThis is a high-quality program that demands a major commitment of time by advanced practice nurses. Because students are being educated to diagnose and treat patients, the program was designed to combine the convenience of online learning with the necessary rigor to become a highly competent and confident Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner upon graduation. Thus, while most courses are offered online, some facets of the program do require on-campus visits and clinical practicum rotations.**While enrolled in clinical coursework, students are required to attend one-to-two day campus intensive experiences to participate in simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in CNHP’s state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary patient simulation lab. These visits allow professors to offer direct support, guidance, and mentoring while providing students with the opportunity to interact with faculty members and collaborate with peers. Pennsylvania RN licensure will be required prior to the start of your clinical components. While this is not a requirement for admission, we recommend starting the process immediately after admission.For questions, please contact:Gladys Clapano-Mozdzoneck Academic Advisor 267.359.5646 email@example.comState restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more. Curriculum Core Courses NURS 500Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0 Elective3.0Support Courses NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0NURS 646Pharmacology for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner3.0NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0Clinical Courses NURS 642PNP I: Primary Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents5.0NURS 643PNP II: Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents in Primary Care5.0NURS 649Ped Nurse Pract AC I:Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management5.0NURS 650Ped Nurse Pract AC II:Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management5.0NURS 651PNP Management of the Medically Fragile and Technology Dependent Child in the Community5.0Total Credits57.0View a Sample Plan of Study [PDF]View Course Descriptions 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. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above from your BSNA minimum of one year nursing experience in a pediatric acute care settingA current, unrestricted United States RN licenseCurrent PALS certificationRequired DocumentsWith multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.A completed applicationOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedTwo 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 membersPersonal 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 experiencesA copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable)A copy of your current PALS certificationAdditional requirements for International Students Tuition The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $913 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1014 per credit) This rate applies only to new online students. Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify. This program is eligible for Financial Aid. Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations. Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings. When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University. Additional Equipment/Lab Fees Academic Calendar Term Classes Begin Classes End Exams Begin Exams End Fall 2016 September 19, 2016 December 3, 2016 December 5, 2016 December 10, 2016 Winter 2017 January 9, 2017 March 18, 2017 March 20, 2017 March 25, 2017 Spring 2017 April 3, 2017 June 10, 2017 June 12, 2017 June 16, 2017 Summer 2017 June 26, 2017 September 2, 2017 September 5, 2017 September 9, 2017 Apply today for the MSN Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! or Any problems? Find help or contact us.