MSN: Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner

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

Minimum Required Credits: 56.0 quarter credits; 720 clinical hours
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional (CIP) code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1171

About the Program

The Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner (FNP) online program focuses on the application of 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. 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. 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.

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 2-4 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 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 also available on Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions MSN in Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner webpage and on the Drexel University Online MSN in Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner webpage.

Degree Requirements

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
Support Courses
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
NURS 556Pharmacology for Family Nurse Practitioners3.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
Clinical 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
NURS 538FNP V: Integrative Practicum in Family Practice Across the Lifespan4.0
Total Credits56.0

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
NURS 5003.0NURS 5023.0NURS 5493.0Elective3.0
NURS 5443.0RSCH 5033.0RSCH 5043.0 
 6 6 6 3
Second Year
NURS 5483.0NURS 5563.0NURS 5504.0NURS 5345.0
  NURS 6641.0 
 3 3 5 5
Third Year
NURS 5355.0NURS 5365.0NURS 5375.0NURS 5384.0
 5 5 5 4
Total Credits 56

Note: Some terms are less than the 4.5-credit minimum required (considered half-time status) of graduate programs to be considered financial aid eligible. As a result, aid will not be disbursed to students these terms.

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