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  • MSN Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Dual Option)


    The accredited online MSN Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric Acute Care dual nurse practitioner program prepares nurses for advanced roles as clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in pediatric health and wellness. Students will also become experts in delivering care to infants, children, and adolescents with acute and complex health disorders. This elite MSN was developed and is taught by Drexel University’s renowned faculty from the nationally ranked College of Nursing and Health Professionals.

    The program's curriculum emphasizes evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the critical use of new technology. Nurse practitioners specializing in pediatric primary and acute care will be able to meet the health care needs required by children and families with acute, complex care with a promotion of optimal wellness.

    Program Features

    • The master's degree in nursing at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Courses taught by experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel’s acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions
    • Access to CNHP’s state-of-the-art patient simulation lab
    • Graduates of the dual option program are eligible for the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification exam through ANCC or PNCB. The Acute Care Pediatric Certification exam is offered through the PNCB.
    • Synchronous online lectures offer a highly interactive learning format that challenges and engages students

    On-Campus Requirements

    This 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 Primary Care and 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 conducted in our 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.

    For questions, please contact:

    Gladys Clapano-Mozdzoneck
    Academic Advisor

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.

    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 minimum of one year nursing experience in a pediatric acute care setting
    • A current, unrestricted United States RN license
    • Current PALS certification

    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)
    • A copy of your current PALS certification
    • 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

    Apply today for a MSN Pediatric Primary and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Dual Option

    Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online!


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