Emergency/Trauma Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree 
Certificate Type: Post-Master's 
Number of Credits to Completion: 25.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 9 months
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible*

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1141

*The current plan of study for this program would only allow for federal financial aid (including Federal Direct Student Loans) for terms that are at least a minimum of 4.5 credits for graduate courses and 6.0 credits for undergraduate courses. This is based on current regulations from the U.S. Department of Education.

NOTE: No applications will be accepted for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please check back in summer 2023 for an update.

About the Program

The Emergency/Trauma Nurse Practitioner post-master's certificate online program prepares family nurse practitioners either currently working in this setting or who desire to make a change and work in the emergency care setting. This track within the Nurse Practitioner program in the College of Nursing Health Professions at Drexel University will provide the education and procedural skills necessary to competently and confidently work as a nurse practitioner in this unique setting. This rigorous program provides the education and skills necessary to function as a competent nurse practitioner and leader in the emergency care setting, the skills to perform the necessary diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and to be eligible for board certification as an emergency nurse practitioner. The ENP program requires 15.0 credits depending on the credit given for previously completed nurse practitioner coursework and faculty supervised hours. Upon successful completion of credits and 500 faculty supervised clinical hours, graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the AANPCP Emergency Nurse Practitioner Board Certification Exam.

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 2-3 times during the clinical portion of the program and range from 2-3 days. Mandatory on-campus visits are essential to students transitioning into the NP role.

During the OCIs, 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 guidance and mentoring from faculty, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with peers.

*NURS 548, NURS 549, NURS 550 may be evaluated for transfer credit qualification on a case-by-case basis.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Program Requirements

Support Courses
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
Concentration Courses
NURS 673Emergency/Trauma Care Across the Lifespan I5.0
NURS 674Emergency/Trauma Care Across the Lifespan II5.0
NURS 675Emergency/Trauma Caring for Trauma and Critically Ill Patient 5.0
Total Credits25.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Term 1CreditsTerm 2Credits 
NURS 5483.0NURS 5504.0 
NURS 5493.0  
 6 4 
Second Year
Term 1CreditsTerm 2CreditsTerm 3Credits
NURS 6735.0NURS 6745.0NURS 6755.0
 5 5 5
Total Credits 25

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Graduate Nursing Division


Additional information is also available on Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions Post-Master's Certificate in Emergency Nurse Practitioner webpage and on the Drexel University Online Post-Master's Certificate in Emergency Nurse Practitioner webpage.

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