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
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3809
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

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 to 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. Mandatory on-campus visits each quarter are essential to students transitioning into the NP role. These mandatory on-campus visits occur during the following times:

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

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

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application.
  • A bachelor's degree with a major in nursing (BSN) from a CCNE or NLN accredited program with a GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or 3.25 or above on the last 60 credits of the BSN.
  • A minimum of one year nursing experience in a pediatric acute care setting
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended.
  • Transcripts must be supplied regardless of the number of credits earned or the type of school attended. Instead of hard copy transcripts, post-secondary institutions can supply official electronic transcripts directly to Drexel University Online through a password secured link or website (email to: If all post-secondary institutions are not listed on applications and these appear on transcripts received from other institutions, applications will not be reviewed until all remaining transcripts have been submitted. The Transcript Lookup Tool can be used to assist in contacting previous institutions.
  • Two letters of recommendation. You may use our electronic letter of recommendation service. If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter, please remind them that it must include an ink signature and be submitted in a sealed envelope.
  • Personal statement (800 - 1600 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 degree
    • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • Resume
  • A copy of your current, unrestricted United States RN license or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse and any advanced practice nursing licensure and certification documents. License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable.
  • A copy of your current PALS certification
  • Additional requirements must be met for International Students

All submitted materials become the property of Drexel University.

Degree Requirements

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 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 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

MSN: Pediatric Primary Care & Pediatric Acute Care (dual) 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.
Susan M. Burke, PhD, RN, CPNP-BC (The Catholic University of America) Track Director, Pediatric Primary Care. Associate Clinical Professor. Pediatric primary care, health disparities in children, families under stress, children with special health care needs transitioning to adulthood.
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.
Cheryl Mele, MSN, CRNP (University of Pennsylvania) Track Director, Pediatric Acute Care and Pediatric Primary Care/Pediatric Acute Care. Assistant Clinical Professor. Pediatric critical care clinical specialist, pediatric nurse practitioner, acute-chronic and neonatal nurse practitioner.
Robert J. Mele, DPM (Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine). Assistant Teaching Professor. Physiology, pathophysiology.
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.
Rachel Tkaczyk, MSN, PNP, AC/PB-BC (University of Pennsylvani). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pediatric cardiology
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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