MSN: Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric Acute Care Dual Option

Major: Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric Acute Care
Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 62.0; 1000 clinical hours
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3809
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1171

About the Program

The Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Drexel University will prepare the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner to perform acts of medical diagnosis and treatment through didactic lectures, problem-based learning, clinical practice hours, standardized patient experiences and high-fidelity simulation.

This innovative dual option track coincides with the new models of healthcare delivery and the increasing demand for PNPs to provide care for children and their families across the entire continuum of health and illness, including acute critical conditions. The clinical practice settings for the dual certification track options provides students with a mixed inpatient/outpatient experience ranging from specialty clinics and primary care settings. Diverse clinical settings provide supervised clinical hours to allow the student advance practitioner to perform advance physical assessment, critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning and management of care in collaboration with licensed physician and APN’s in accredited institutions. Students graduating from this track will be eligible to sit for both the Pediatric Primary Care and the Pediatric Acute Care Board Certifications through the PNCB.

The nurse practitioner faculty is committed to quality and excellence in the nurse practitioner (NP) programs. Students meet on campus for mandatory On Campus Intensive (OCI) learning experiences, simulation, and evaluation. OCI visits occur 2-4 times during the clinical portion of the program and range from 2-3 days. Mandatory on-campus visits each quarter are essential to students transitioning into the NP role.

During the On-Campus Intensives, students 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.

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

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting 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 Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
NURS 646Pharmacology for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner3.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
Elective3.0
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 647PNP III: Management and Care of Adolescents in the Primary Care Setting5.0
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 Credits62.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Term 1Credits
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 4
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Second Year
Term 1
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
 Term Credits4.0
Term 2
NURS 646Pharmacology for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 3
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
 Term Credits4.0
Term 4
NURS 642PNP I: Primary Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Third Year
Term 1
NURS 643PNP II: Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents in Primary Care5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 2
NURS 647PNP III: Management and Care of Adolescents in the Primary Care Setting5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 3
NURS 649Ped Nurse Pract AC I:Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 4
NURS 650Ped Nurse Pract AC II:Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Fourth Year
Term 1
NURS 651PNP Management of the Medically Fragile and Technology Dependent Child in the Community5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Total Credit: 62.0
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