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: 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 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.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org). 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
- 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
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|NURS 500||Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments||3.0|
|NURS 502||Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care||3.0|
|NURS 544||Quality and Safety in Healthcare||3.0|
|RSCH 503||Research Methods and Biostatistics||3.0|
|RSCH 504||Evaluation and Translation of Health Research||3.0|
|NURS 548||Advanced Pathophysiology||3.0|
|NURS 549||Advanced Pharmacology||3.0|
|NURS 550||Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan||4.0|
|NURS 646||Pharmacology for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner||3.0|
|NURS 664||Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners||1.0|
|NURS 642||PNP I: Primary Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents||5.0|
|NURS 643||PNP II: Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents in Primary Care||5.0|
|NURS 647||PNP III: Management and Care of Adolescents in the Primary Care Setting||5.0|
|NURS 649||Ped Nurse Pract AC I:Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management||5.0|
|NURS 650||Ped Nurse Pract AC II:Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management||5.0|
|NURS 651||PNP Management of the Medically Fragile and Technology Dependent Child in the Community||5.0|