Post-Master's Certificate Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric Acute Care Dual Nurse Practitioner

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's
Number of Credits to Completion: 44.0 credits; 1000 clinical hours
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: A
id 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.

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 health care 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 option provide students with a mixed inpatient/outpatient experience ranging from specialty clinics to primary care settings. Diverse clinical settings provide supervised clinical hours to allow the student advanced practitioner to perform advanced physical assessments, critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning and management of care in collaboration with licensed physicians and APNs in accredited institutions. Students graduating from this track will be eligible to sit for 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. There are a maximum of two OCIs in each program. Students will attend an OCI during week one of their first clinical course for three-four days (summer quarter). An additional OCI visit may be required for two to three days in another clinical quarter. Dates are subject to change.

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 and the opportunity to collaborate with peers. Mandatory, on-campus visits are essential to students transitioning into the NP role.

Program Requirements

Support Courses
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning4.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
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 646Pharmacology for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner3.0
NURS 647PNP III: Management and Care of Adolescents in the Primary Care Setting5.0
NURS 649Ped Nurse Pract AC I:Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management5.0
NURS 650Ped Nurse Pract AC II:Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management5.0
NURS 651PNP Management of the Medically Fragile and Technology Dependent Child in the Community5.0
Total Credits44.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
NURS 5493.0NURS 6463.0NURS 5504.0NURS 6425.0
NURS 5483.0 NURS 6641.0 
 6 3 5 5
Second Year
NURS 6435.0NURS 6495.0NURS 6505.0NURS 6515.0
 5 5 5 5
Third Year
NURS 6475.0   
Total Credits 44

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 Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric Acute Care Dual Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate webpage and on the Drexel University Online Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric Acute Care Dual Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate webpage.

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