Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 38.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Will be eligible for aid beginning the Fall 2016 Quarter
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.3805
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1171

This certificate is offered to those individuals who have earned a master's degree in nursing and seek further preparation to become a Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Transcripts will be reviewed and course work will be determined on an individual basis. Students meet on campus for a mandatory on-campus Residency at the beginning of the clinical practicum rotations and at the end of the clinical practicum rotations. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the AANP's Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination and/or the ANCC's Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination.

Program of Study

All incoming post-master’s students in nurse practitioner tracks have the opportunity for previous course work to be evaluated on an individual basis for transfer or credit.  Pharmacology for family nurse practitioners is required prior to beginning the clinical courses. Students should check with the program coordinator for the exact schedule.

Admission Requirements

  • A Master's degree with a major in nursing (MSN) from a regionally accredited program with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. 
  • A copy of your current, unrestricted United States RN license or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse. License verification from your nursing license registry website are acceptable. Once accepted, applicants must have a current RN license in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition, students are required to have a RN Nursing License for the state in which the clinical practicum rotations are being completed.
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended. Instead of hard copy transcripts, you may supply official electronic transcripts issued by a post-secondary institution directly to Drexel University Online through a password secured link or website (use our email address, customerservice@drexel.com). You must supply transcripts regardless of the number of credits earned or the type of school you attended. If you do not list all post-secondary institutions on your application and these are listed on transcripts received from other institutions, processing of your application will be delayed until you have submitted the remaining transcripts. Click here to use our Transcript Look-up Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions. If you attended a Diploma School of Nursing and the school was affiliated with a college/university, the official transcript must be submitted from the college for any non-nursing courses for which you received credit.
  • Current Curriculum vitae and/or resume detailing work experience, including specific job responsibilities and departments.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation (from either a previous or immediate supervisor and/or a former nursing faculty member who can attest to the applicant's clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study). References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members. Drexel University Online now accepts electronic letters of recommendation. Click here for instructions regarding their submission. If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter of recommendation, please remind the recommender that it must be signed and submitted in a sealed envelope signed across the flap by the recommender.
  • Personal statement (800-1,600 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 this program, and how your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program.
  • Applicants seeking admission into the Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Post-Master's Certificate Program must complete 640 clinical practicum hours. Accepted students will need to be issued a Pennsylvania RN license in addition to their current RN license if it is not from Pennsylvania
  • International applicants: Please click here to view additional requirements.
  • Once the student is accepted into the program, a GAP analysis may be completed to determine credit eligibility for previously faculty supervised clinical hours. Note: The Gap Analysis is not mandatory for acceptance into the program. If the prospective student chooses to have a Gap Analysis completed, it is performed after confirmed admissions. 
  • A personal interview may be required (online or telephone options will be available).
Required Courses
Support Courses
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
Concentration Courses
NURS 534FNP I: Primary Care of the Emerging Family5.0
NURS 535FNP II: Primary and Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents5.0
NURS 536FNP III: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Across the Adult Age Spectrum I5.0
NURS 537FNP IV: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Across the Adult Age Spectrum II5.0
NURS 538FNP V: Integrative Practicum in Family Practice Across the Lifespan4.0
NURS 556Pharmacology for Family Nurse Practitioners3.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
Total Credits38.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Term 1Credits
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
 Term Credits7.0
Term 2
NURS 556Pharmacology for Family Nurse Practitioners3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 3
NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
 Term Credits4.0
Term 4
NURS 534FNP I: Primary Care of the Emerging Family5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 5
NURS 535FNP II: Primary and Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 6
NURS 536FNP III: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Across the Adult Age Spectrum I5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 7
NURS 537FNP IV: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Across the Adult Age Spectrum II5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 8
NURS 538FNP V: Integrative Practicum in Family Practice Across the Lifespan4.0
 Term Credits4.0
Total Credit: 38.0
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