Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Major: Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 52.0 quarter credits; 640 clinical hours
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1141

About the Program

The online Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program is directed toward preparing nurse practitioners who will take advanced nursing roles as clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in the rapidly changing, evidence-driven healthcare environment. The program emphasizes evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and critical use of evolving technology in the care of children and their families. While most pediatric nurse practitioners practice in primary care settings, the continuum of child healthcare spans the geographic settings of home care, ambulatory care, specialty care, urgent care, and rehabilitative care.

Pediatric primary care nurse practitioners provide advanced nursing care across the continuum of healthcare services to meet the specialized physiologic and psychological needs of patients from infancy through adolescence, and have competencies to manage well-child care as well as complex, acute, and chronic healthcare conditions within a family-centered healthcare model. Graduates are eligible to sit for the ANCC’s Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Examination and/or the PNCB’s Pediatric Primary Care 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, simulations and evaluation. OCI visits occur as a part of the clinical portion of the program. 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 Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner webpage and on Drexel University Online's MSN Pediatric Primary Care 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 646Pharmacology for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner3.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
Clinical 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 647PNP III: Management and Care of Adolescents in the Primary Care Setting5.0
NURS 648PNP IV: Primary Care of Children with Special Health Care Needs5.0
Total Credits52.0

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

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.

First Year
NURS 5003.0RSCH 5033.0RSCH 5043.0NURS 5483.0
NURS 5023.0NURS 5443.0Elective3.0 
 6 6 6 3
Second Year
NURS 5493.0NURS 6463.0NURS 5504.0NURS 6425.0
  NURS 6641.0 
 3 3 5 5
Third Year
NURS 6435.0NURS 6475.0NURS 6485.0 
 5 5 5 
Total Credits 52
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