Family/Individual Across the Lifespan with Emergency Specialization Nurse Practitioner

Major: Nurse Practitioner, Family/Individual Across the Lifespan with Emergency Specialization
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter

Minimum Required Credits: 63.0 quarter credits; 1,140 clinical hours
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional (CIP) code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 25-1072, 29-1141

About the Program

The Family/Individual Across the Lifespan with Emergency Specialization program focuses on applying advanced-practice nursing knowledge—including physical, psychosocial and environmental assessment skills—to manage common health and illness problems of clients of all ages and their families in primary and emergency care settings. It emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention.

Family nurse practitioners primarily practice in ambulatory care settings, such as primary care clinics, physician offices, HMOs, outpatient clinics, schools, nursing centers, emergency departments, long-term care facilities, industry, the armed services, public health departments, correctional institutions and home health agencies. Emergency nurse practitioners primarily practice across the emergency care continuum. This rigorous program provides the education and skills necessary to function as a competent nurse practitioner and leader in primary care and emergency care populations. In addition to preparing students for the primary care role across the lifespan, this program prepares students with the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures skills specific to the emergency care setting.

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the ANCC’s Family Nurse Practitioner Examination and/or the AANP’s Family Nurse Practitioner Examination. In addition, graduates are eligible to sit for the AANP’s Emergency 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, 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 each quarter 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 direct guidance and mentoring from faculty as well as the opportunity to collaborate with peers.

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

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Graduate Nursing Division

Additional information is available on Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions webpage and the Drexel University Online webpage.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in Nursing from a program fully accredited by NLN and/or CCNE is required for all applicants with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  • 1-2 years experience in ED, critical care, urgent care, trauma experience as an RN or APRN. ACLS, BLS, PALS required.
  • Two professional references required from previous or current supervisors, managers, nursing faculty members or providers who can attest to applicant's clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study. References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.
  • An unrestricted United States RN license or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse.
    • An unrestricted Pennsylvania RN license or eligibility for licensure in the State of Pennsylvania is required, regardless of the state in which the student resides.

Degree Requirements

Nurse Practitioner 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
Nurse Practitioner Support Courses
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NUPR 600Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics5.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning4.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner Concentration Courses
NURS 534FNP I: Primary Care of the Emerging Family5.0
NURS 535FNP II: Primary and Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents5.0
NURS 536FNP III: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Across the Adult Age Spectrum I5.0
NURS 537FNP IV: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Across the Adult Age Spectrum II5.0
Emergency Nurse Practitioner 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 Patient5.0
Total Credits63.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirement

A [WI], Writing Intensive, next to a graduate course in this catalog indicates that the graduate course is a writing intensive course. The graduate course is a required course in your curriculum.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
NURS 5003.0NURS 5483.0NUPR 6005.0RSCH 5043.0
NURS 5443.0RSCH 5033.0 NURS 5023.0
 6 6 5 6
Second Year (Part-Time)
NURS 5504.0NURS 5365.0NURS 5375.0NURS 5345.0
NURS 6641.0   
 5 5 5 5
Third Year (Part-Time)
NURS 5355.0NURS 6735.0NURS 6745.0NURS 6755.0
 5 5 5 5
Total Credits 63
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