Family Nurse Practitioner (Individual Across the Lifespan) Post-Masters Certificate Overview 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 FeaturesSynchronous online lectures offer a highly interactive learning format that challenges and engages studentsAn 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 The post-graduate APRN certificate at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing EducationPracticum/On-Campus RequirementsThis 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 267.359.5647 firstname.lastname@example.org *Online Nurse Practitioner programs are offered only on a part-time basis.*State restrictions may apply to some programs. Curriculum 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 Pathophysiology3.0NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning4.0Concentration Courses NURS 534FNP I: Primary Care of the Emerging Family5.0NURS 535FNP II: Primary and Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents5.0NURS 536FNP III: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Across the Adult Age Spectrum I5.0NURS 537FNP IV: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Across the Adult Age Spectrum II5.0NURS 538FNP V: Integrative Practicum in Family Practice Across the Lifespan4.0NURS 556Pharmacology for Family Nurse Practitioners3.0NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0Total Credits38.0View 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 above1-2 years of medical/surgical nursing experience preferredCurrent, unrestricted United States RN licenseFor Spring Term Consideration: Only licensed, certified, and practicing Nurse Practitioners seeking certification in an alternate specialty are eligible to apply for the Spring term. Fall term starts are open to all post-master’s certificate applicants.Required DocumentsWith multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application 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 (800 to 1,600 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of: Why you are choosing this particular trackHow your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program, andYour plans upon completing the degreeResume 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)Spring Term Applicants: A copy of your Nurse Practitioner CertificationAdditional requirements for International Students Tuition The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $940 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1044 per credit) This program is eligible for Financial Aid. Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations. These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted. All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify. 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 2017-2018 Academic Year Term Classes Begin Classes End Exams Begin Exams End Fall 2017 September 25, 2017 December 9, 2017 December 11, 2017 December 16, 2017 Winter 2018 January 8, 2018 March 17, 2018 March 19, 2018 March 24, 2018 Spring 2018 April 2, 2018 June 9, 2018 June 11, 2018 June 15, 2018 Summer 2018 June 25, 2018 September 1, 2018 September 4, 2018 September 8, 2018 Apply today for the Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! or Previously enrolled at Drexel? Learn more about readmission. Any problems? Find help or contact us.