Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Dual Option) Post-Masters Certificate Overview The Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Dual Option) Post-Masters Certificate program prepares you for advanced nursing roles such as clinician, educator, researcher, and leader in pediatric health and wellness. You’ll also become an expert in delivering care to infants, children, and adolescents with acute and complex health disorders. This certificate'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 FeaturesCourses 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 labSynchronous online lectures offer a highly interactive learning format that challenges and engagesGraduates are eligible for the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification exam through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or Pediatric Nurse Certification Board (PNCB) and the Acute Care Pediatric Certification exam offered through the PNCBThe post-graduate APRN certificate at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing EducationOn-Campus RequirementsThis is a high-quality program that demands a major commitment of time by advanced practice nurses. Because you're 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/Primary 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, you're 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 you 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 firstname.lastname@example.org*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.Required Courses NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0NURS 646Pharmacology for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner 3.0NURS 642PNP I: Primary Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents5.0NURS 643PNP II: Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents in Primary Care5.0NURS 647PNP III: Management and Care of Adolescents in the Primary Care Setting 5.0NURS 649 Ped Nurse Pract AC I: Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management5.0NURS 650 Ped Nurse Pract AC II: Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management5.0NURS 651 PNP Management of the Medically Fragile and Technology Dependent Child in the Community5.0NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners 1.0Total Credits44.0View a Sample Plan of StudyView 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. Graduate GPA of 3.0 or above Current, unrestricted United States RN licenseCurrent PALS certificationRequired 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)A copy of your current PALS 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 Pediatric Primary Care and Acute Care NP (Dual Option) 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.