MSN: Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner

Major: Nursing, Family/Individual Across the Lifespan
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 56.0 quarter credits; 720 clinical hours
Classification of Instructional (CIP) code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1171

 

About the Program

The Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner (FNP) online program  focuses on the application of advanced-practice nursing knowledge—including physical, psychosocial, and environmental assessment skills—to manage common health and illness problems of clients of all ages and their families. It emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention. Family nurse practitioners primarily practice in ambulatory-care settings, such as primary care clinics, physician offices, HMOs, outpatient clinics, schools, nursing centers, emergency departments, long-term care facilities, industry, the armed services, public health departments, correctional institutions, and home health agencies. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the ANCC’s Family Nurse Practitioner Examination and/or the AANP’s Family Nurse Practitioner Examination.

The nurse practitioner faculty is committed to quality and excellence in the nurse practitioner (NP) programs. Mandatory on-campus visits are essential to students transitioning into the NP role. The NP programs provide two on-campus clinical orientations to prepare students for clinical practice rotation. Following clinical orientation, these mandatory on-campus visits occur during the following times:

  • 2nd Year, Summer Term – students come to campus during the first clinical course for 2-3 days for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).
  • 3rd Year, Fall Term – students come to campus during the second clinical course for 2-3 days for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).

For more information about this program, visit Drexel's MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs web page.

Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): 56.0 quarter credits; 720 clinical hours

MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner Track
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
Support Courses
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
NURS 556Pharmacology for Family Nurse Practitioners3.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
Clinical 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
Elective3.0
Total Credits56.0

Sample Plan of Study

SummerCredits
NURS 500Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
Term 2 
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
Term 3 
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
Term 4 
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
Elective3.0
Term 5 
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
Term 6 
NURS 556Pharmacology for Family Nurse Practitioners3.0
Term 7 
NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
Term 8 
NURS 534FNP I: Primary Care of the Emerging Family5.0
Term 9 
NURS 535FNP II: Primary and Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents5.0
Term 10 
NURS 536FNP III: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Across the Adult Age Spectrum I5.0
Term 11 
NURS 537FNP IV: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Across the Adult Age Spectrum II5.0
Term 12 
NURS 538FNP V: Integrative Practicum in Family Practice Across the Lifespan4.0
 Term Credits56.0
Total Credit: 56.0

MSN: Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner Faculty

Anthony Angelow, MSN, CRNP, BC, CEN (Thomas Jefferson University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Developing diagnostic reasoning in nurse practitioners, curriculum design and implementation, and nurse practitioner educational methods.
Katherine Kaby Anselmi, PhD, JD, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC (University of Pennsylvania) Assistant Dean of Accreditation/Regulatory Affairs & Online Innovation . Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing, law, family nurse practitioner, women's health nurse practitioner.
Kathleen Bradbury-Golas, DNP, FNP-BC, ACNS-BC. Associate Clinical Professor.
Theresa Campo, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP (Case Western Reserve University) Co-Track Director. Associate Clinical Professor.
Paul Thomas Clements, PhD, RN, CGS, DF-IAFN (University of Pennsylvania) Coordinator, Forensic Trends in Healthcare Certificate Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Forensic, child, adolescent and family mental health nursing.
William D'Andrea, MS, BS Pharm, CCP (MCP Hahnemann University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pharmacology, anatomy & physiology, advanced pharmacology.
Brenda Douglass, DNP, CRNP-BC, CDE, CTTS. Associate Clinical Professor. Endocrine, cardiology, pulmonology, sleep disorders, and chronic health conditions
Brian Fasolka, MSN, RN, CEN (DeSales University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Emergency nursing, adult health nursing, and nursing education.
Karyn Holt, PhD, CNM, NCC (Georgetown University; Touro University). Associate Clinical Professor. Women’s health issues, Intimate Partner Violence, Disaster Management and online learning.
Maria Irerra-Newcomb, MSN, FNP-BC. Assistant Clinical Professor. Urban community healthcare.
Kimberley McClellan, MSN, WHNP-BC, FNP-BC, CRNP-BC (Drexel University) Associate Chair, Nurse Practitioner programs. Assistant Clinical Professor. Nursing, women’s health, family practice.
Ann McQueen, MSN, CRNP-BC, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, RNC. Assistant Clinical Professor. Celiac disease.
Robert J. Mele, DPM (Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine). Assistant Teaching Professor. Physiology, pathophysiology.
Jennifer Mondillo, MBA, MSN, CRNP-BS Co-Track Director, FNP Program. Associate Clinical Professor.
Jackie Murphy, MSN, RN, CPN, CNE (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pediatric nursing.
Bobbie Posmontier, PhD, CNM, PMHNP-BC (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Professor. Labor and delivery, midwifery, postpartum care, neonatal intensive care, improving access to care for women with postpartum depression, family psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Alice Marie Poyss, PhD, MSN, CNL, APRN-BC (University of Pennsylvania) Director, Clinical Nurse Leader Track. Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing intervention/outcome studies and nursing treatment/outcome studies; program evaluation, and effects of alternate teaching styles with student learning.
Patricia A. Riccio, PhD, RN (University of California, Los Angeles). Assistant Clinical Professor. Research methods and biostatistics.
Joanne Schwartz, PhD, CRNP, CNE (Villanova University). Assistant Clinical Professor.
Joanne Serembus, EdD, RN, CCRN (Alum), CNE (Widener University). Associate Clinical Professor. Critical care nursing, adult health nursing, nursing education, curriculum development and patient safety.
Jaime Slaughter-Acey, PhD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago). Assistant Professor. The access and utilization of perinatal health services such as prenatal case management (PCM) and prenatal care; adverse perinatal health outcomes fetal growth, preterm birth, and cerebral palsy; and the interaction of social, psychosocial, behavioral, and biological determinants of racial/ethnic health disparities in perinatal health.
Susan Solecki, MSN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC (Hahnemann University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Nursing women's health, adult health, and occupational health.
Kay Swartzwelder, PhD, MSN, CRNP-BC, CNE. Assistant Clinical Professor. How students learn with a focus on student/faculty engagement, generational learning, learning styles, and personality types.
Suzanne Taylor, MSN, RN. Assistant Clinical Professor. Transformational and adaptive learning to support the evolving leadership expectations, emotional intelligence and promoting a culture of collaboration across other disciplines.
Janet Zimmerman, MSN, BSN (University of Colorado) Director, Clinical Trials Program. Assistant Clinical Professor. Clinical trials, nursing care of veterans.
Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANP-BC, CRNP, FAAN (Widener University). Clinical Professor. Advanced practice nursing, leadership and management, nursing education, clinical nurse specialist (adult health) and adult nurse practitioner.
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