MSN: Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Major: Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 52.0 quarter credits; 640 clinical hours
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3809
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1171

About the Program

The online Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program is directed toward preparing nurse practitioners who will take advanced nursing roles as clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in the rapidly changing, evidence-driven health care environment. The program emphasizes evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and critical use of evolving technology in the care of children and their families. While most pediatric nurse practitioners practice in primary care settings, the continuum of child healthcare spans the geographic settings of home care, ambulatory care, specialty care, urgent care, and rehabilitative care.

Pediatric primary care nurse practitioners provide advanced nursing care across the continuum of healthcare services to meet the specialized physiologic and psychological needs of patients from infancy through adolescence, and have competencies to manage well-child care as well as complex, acute, and chronic healthcare conditions within a family-centered healthcare model. Graduates are eligible to sit for the ANCC’s Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Examination and/or the PNCB’s Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Examination.

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, simulations and evaluation. Mandatory on-campus visits 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 in during the first clinical course for 2-3 days for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).

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

  • 3rd Year, Spring Term – students come in during the fourth 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

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 Concentration 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 648PNP IV: Primary Care of Children with Special Health Care Needs5.0
Elective3.0
Total Credits52.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
NURS 500Confronting 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 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 5
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
 Term Credits4.0
Term 6
NURS 646Pharmacology for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 7
NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
 Term Credits4.0
Term 8
NURS 642PNP I: Primary Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 9
NURS 643PNP II: Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents in Primary Care5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 10
NURS 647PNP III: Management and Care of Adolescents in the Primary Care Setting5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 11
NURS 648PNP IV: Primary Care of Children with Special Health Care Needs5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Total Credit: 52.0


MSN: Pediatric Primary Care 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.
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.
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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