Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's
Number of Credits to Completion: 34.0; 640 clinical hours
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible*
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.3809
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1171

*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 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. This certificate is offered to those individuals who have earned a master's degree in nursing and seek further preparation to become a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the ANCC's Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination and/or for the PNCB's Pediatric Primary Care Certification 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 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.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
Support Courses
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
Concentration Courses
NURS 646Pharmacology for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner3.0
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
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
Total Credits34.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Term 1CreditsTerm 2CreditsTerm 3CreditsTerm 4Credits
NURS 5493.0NURS 6463.0NURS 5504.0NURS 6425.0
NURS 5483.0 NURS 6641.0 
 6 3 5 5
Second Year
Term 1CreditsTerm 2CreditsTerm 3Credits 
NURS 6435.0NURS 6475.0NURS 6485.0 
 5 5 5 
Total Credits 34

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Graduate Nursing Division

CNHPGraduateDivision@drexel.edu

Additional information is also available on Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate webpage and on Drexel University Online's Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate webpage.

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