MSN: Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric Acute Care Dual Option

Major: Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric Acute Care
Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 62.0 credits; 1000 clinical hours
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1171

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 healthcare 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 provides 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 advance practitioner to perform advance physical assessment, 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. Students are required to attend on-campus visits during the clinical coursework within the curriculum. 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 also available on Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions MSN Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program webpage and on the Drexel University Online MSN Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program 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 646Pharmacology for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner3.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
Clinical 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 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 Credits62.0

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 5003.0RSCH 5033.0RSCH 5043.0NURS 5483.0
NURS 5023.0NURS 5443.0 Elective3.0
 6 6 3 6
Second Year
NURS 5493.0NURS 6463.0NURS 5504.0NURS 6425.0
  NURS 6641.0 
 3 3 5 5
Third Year
NURS 6435.0NURS 6495.0NURS 6505.0NURS 6515.0
 5 5 5 5
Fourth Year
NURS 6475.0   
Total Credits 62

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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