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  • Family Nurse Practitioner (Individual Across the Lifespan) Post-Masters Certificate


    The accredited online Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate prepares practitioners for 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

    • 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)

    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. 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:

    Amanda Freiberg
    Academic Advisor

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


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Support Courses 
    NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
    NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
    NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
    Concentration 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
    NURS 556Pharmacology for Family Nurse Practitioners3.0
    NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
    Total Credits38.0

    View a Sample Plan of Study [PDF]
    View Course Descriptions

    Admissions Criteria

    • Master 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
    • 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 (800 to 1,600 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:
      • Why you are choosing this particular track
      • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program, and
      • Your plans upon completing the degree
    • 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 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 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

    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 Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate

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