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

    Overview

    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 high-quality program demands a major commitment of time, including multiple on-campus visits that are essential for transition into the NP role. During the On-Campus Intensives, you'll engage in simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in the College of Nursing and Health Professions' state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary patient simulation lab. These visits provide direct guidance and mentoring from faculty, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with peers.

    Pennsylvania RN licensure is 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:

    Brian Anderson
    Academic Advisor
    267.359.5657
    bga28@drexel.edu


    Online Nurse Practitioner programs are offered only on a part-time basis.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.

    Curriculum

    Core Courses 
    NURS 500 Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
    NURS 502 Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
    NURS 544 Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
    RSCH 503 Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
    RSCH 504 Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
    Support Courses 
    NURS 548 Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
    NURS 549 Advanced Pharmacology3.0
    NURS 550 Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
    NURS 646 Pharmacology for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner3.0
    NURS 664 Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
    Elective3.0
    Clinical Courses 
    NURS 642 PNP I: Primary Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents5.0
    NURS 643 PNP II: Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents in Primary Care5.0
    NURS 647 PNP III: Management and Care of Adolescents in the Primary Care Setting5.0
    NURS 649 Ped Nurse Pract AC I:Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management5.0
    NURS 650 Ped Nurse Pract AC II:Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management5.0
    NURS 651 PNP Management of the Medically Fragile and Technology Dependent Child in the Community5.0
    Total Credits62.0

    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. 
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above from your 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

    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

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