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  • Online Family Nurse Practitioner with Emergency Specialization Post-Master's Certificate Program

    With a focus on applying advanced practice nursing knowledge, Drexel University’s online Family/Individual Across the Lifespan with Emergency Specialization post-master’s certificate program will help you to gain the physical, psychosocial, and environmental assessment skills you need to manage common health and illness problems of clients of all ages and their families in primary and emergency care settings. With a specialized emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention, you will prepare for the primary care role across the lifespan, and the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures skills specific to the emergency care setting.

    Program Features

    • Ranked #8 Best Online Family Nurse Practitioner Master’s Program by U.S. News & World Report
    • The nursing programs at Drexel University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • The nurse practitioner faculty from Drexel’s respected College of Nursing and Health Professions is committed to quality and excellence in the nurse practitioner (NP) programs
    • Drexel’s online NP programs currently boast a 100% board pass rate
    • Synchronous online lectures offer a highly interactive learning format that challenges and engages

    On-Campus Requirements

    This high-quality program demands a major commitment of time, including multiple on-campus visits that are essential for transition into the NP role. During your time in the program, you will participate in mandatory on-campus and/or virtual intensives. The required intensives will be held during clinical courses. Students will attend an in-person on-campus intensive in NURS 536 for 1 day during week one of the winter quarter. Students will attend an in-person on-campus intensive in NURS 673 for 2 days during week one of the winter quarter. Dates are subject to change.

    Pennsylvania RN licensure is required prior to the start of your clinical components. While this is not a requirement for admission, we recommend starting the process immediately after admission.

    What Can I Do with an FNP with Emergency Specialization Degree?

    Traditionally, family nurse practitioners will practice in ambulatory or primary care settings, such as 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. Emergency nurse practitioners, however, tend to practice across settings that span the emergency care continuum. Drexel’s online FNP with emergency specialization program provides you with both the education and skills you need to perform well as a competent nurse practitioner and leader in both primary care and emergency care populations.

    FNP with Emergency Specialization PMC Program FAQs

    Does Drexel’s PMC in FNP with Emergency Specialization Program require on-campus visits?
    Yes. This program does include a couple of mandatory on-campus visits (OCIs), which are essential to your transition into the NP role and provide the best opportunity for new learning experiences, simulation, and evaluation. During the OCIs, you will have the opportunity to engage in simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in Drexel’s 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. OCI visits occur 2-4 times during the clinical portion of the program and range from 2-3 days.

    Will I be eligible to sit for the certification exams for both FNPs and ENPs?
    Yes. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to sit for the ANCC’s Family Nurse Practitioner Examination and/or the AANP’s Family Nurse Practitioner Examination. In addition, you will also become eligible to sit for the AANP’s Emergency Nurse Practitioner Examination.

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    Online Nurse Practitioner programs are offered only on a part-time basis.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.
    The Family Nurse Practitioner (Individual Across the Lifespan) Post-Master's Certificate with Emergency Specialization program at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Nurse Practitioner Support Courses
    NURS 548 Advanced Pathophysiology 3.0
    NUPR 600 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 5.0
    NURS 550 Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
    NURS 664 Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners 1.0
    Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner Concentration Courses
    NURS 534 FNP I: Primary Care of the Emerging Family 5.0
    NURS 535 FNP II: Primary and Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents 5.0
    NURS 536 FNP III: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Across the Adult Age Spectrum I 5.0
    NURS 537 FNP IV: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Across the Adult Age Spectrum II 5.0
    Emergency Nurse Practitioner Concentration Courses
    NURS 673 Emergency/Trauma Care Across the Lifespan I 5.0
    NURS 674 Emergency/Trauma Care Across the Lifespan II 5.0
    NURS 675 Emergency/Trauma Caring for Trauma and Critically Ill Patient 5.0
    Total Credits 48.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Master of Science in Nursing and/or Doctorate of Nursing Practice from program fully accredited by National League of Nursing (NLN) and/or American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN.) The accrediting body for NLN is ACEN and the accrediting body for the American Association Colleges of Nursing is CCNE.
      • BSN degrees must be from an institution accredited by CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education), ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing), or NLN CNEA (NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation)
    • GPA of 3.0 or above
    • 1-2 years of experience in ED, critical care, urgent care, trauma experience as an RN or APRN. ACLS, BLS, PALS required.
    • Current, unrestricted United States RN license

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former nursing faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study
      • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members
    • Personal statement (800 to 1,600 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:
      • Why you are choosing this particular track
      • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program, and
      • Your plans upon completing the degree
    • Resume including specific details of your responsibilities and job experiences
    • A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable)
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2024-2025 is $1134 per credit. (A 10% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1260 per credit)

    For the academic year 2023-2024, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

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    Scholarship Opportunities

    At Drexel, we understand that developing a plan to finance your education is a critical step in your decision-making process. That's why we encourage students who require financial aid to fill out the FAFSA as early in the application process as possible. Learn more about Drexel's financial aid policies. In addition, nursing students are encouraged to visit the AACN to review the many scholarship opportunities that exist through the organization.


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