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  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate

    Overview

    The accredited online Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate is an elite post-graduate program that prepares students to deliver advanced care to infants, children and adolescents with acute, critical, and complex health conditions. 

    Students will build upon primary care experience through courses that emphasize evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the critical use of new technology.

    Program Features

    • Courses 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 lab
    • Graduates of the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program are eligible for the Acute Care Pediatric exam offered by the PNCB
    • Synchronous online lectures offer a highly interactive learning format that challenges and engages students
    • The post-graduate APRN certificate at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

    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 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:

    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

    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
    NURS 646Pharmacology for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner3.0
    NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
    Clinical Courses 
    NURS 642PNP I: Primary Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents5.0
    NURS 643PNP II: Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents in Primary Care5.0
    NURS 649Ped Nurse Pract AC I:Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management5.0
    NURS 650Ped Nurse Pract AC II:Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management5.0
    NURS 651PNP Management of the Medically Fragile and Technology Dependent Child in the Community5.0
    Total Credits39.0

    View a Sample Plan of Study [PDF]
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    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. 
    • Graduate GPA of 3.0 or above  
    • A minimum of one year nursing experience in a pediatric acute care setting       
      • 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 Completing Your Application 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)
      • A copy of your current PALS certification
      • Additional 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 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

      2016-2017 Academic Year

      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


      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

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