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  • MSN Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

    Overview

    The accredited online MSN Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares students for advanced nursing roles as clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in Pediatric Acute Care. Students will also become experts in delivering care to infants, children, and adolescents with acute, critical and complex health conditions. 

    The program's curriculum emphasizes evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the critical use of new technology, while preparing nurses to practice in an inpatient and outpatient acute or specialty clinical setting. The program follows the curricular guidelines approved by the National Taskforce on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education (2008) and follows Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Competencies (NONPF, 2002) and Critical Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies (NONPF, 2004.) Graduates are qualified to sit for certification examinations for acute care (PNCB) pediatric nurse practitioners.

    Program Features

    • The master's degree in nursing at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • 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

    On-Campus Requirements

    This high-quality program demands a major commitment of time, including multiple on-campus visits that are essential for transition into the NP role. You’ll participate in the following mandatory On-Campus Intensives:

    • 2nd Year, Summer Term – First clinical course (2-3 days)
    • 3rd Year, Fall Term – Second clinical course (2-3 days)
    • 3rd Year, Spring Term – Fourth clinical course (2-3 days)

    During the On-Campus Intensives, you'll engage in simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in the College of Nursing and Health Professions' state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary patient simulation lab. These visits provide direct guidance and mentoring from faculty, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with peers.

    Pennsylvania RN licensure is 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.

    Core Courses 
    NURS 500Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
    NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
    NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
    RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
    RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
     Elective3.0
    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 Credits57.0

    View a Sample Plan of Study [PDF]
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    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor 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. 
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above from your BSN
    • A minimum of one year nursing experience in a pediatric acute care setting
    • A 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 (under 1,000 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:  
      • Why you are choosing this particular program of study,
      • Your plans upon completion of the graduate degree, and
      • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this MSN program
    • 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 program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary 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

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