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  • 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 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
    • Synchronous online lectures offer a highly interactive learning format that challenges and engages
    • Graduates 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 PNCB
    • 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 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
    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.

    Required 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 Practitioner 3.0
    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 647PNP III: Management and Care of Adolescents in the Primary Care Setting 5.0
    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
    NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners 1.0
    Total Credits44.0

    View a Sample Plan of Study
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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  
    • 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 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

    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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