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  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate

    The accredited online Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate program emphasizes evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration and the critical use of new technology. Nurse practitioners specializing in pediatric primary care will be able to meet the demanding physiological and social needs of patients from infancy through adolescence.

    Program Features

    • Ranked #4 in 2020's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs: Pediatric Primary NP by U.S. News & World Report
    • Ranked #16 in 2020's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report
    • An experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel’s acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions
    • Synchronous online lectures offer a highly interactive learning format that challenges and engages students
    • Upon completion of the program, you will become eligible for Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification through ANCC or PNCB
    • The post-graduate APRN certificate at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

    On-Campus Requirements

    This is a high-quality program that demands a major commitment of time by advanced practice nursing students. Because students are being educated to diagnose and treat patients, the program was designed to combine the convenience of online learning with the necessary rigor to become a highly competent, confident Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner upon graduation. Thus, while most courses are offered online, some facets of the program do require on-campus visits and clinical practicum rotations. 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. Exact dates and times will be confirmed with students prior to the term.

    Pennsylvania RN licensure will be 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.

    Clinicals

    The nurse practitioner programs in the Department of Advanced Practice Nursing at Drexel University provide you the flexibility of finding and coordinating your own clinical site and preceptor. The department also offers resources to assist you in this process. Accessibility to clinical sites and preceptors varies from state to state, and you may be required to travel to access clinical sites/preceptors and achieve the necessary clinical hours.

    Online Open Houses

    Learn more about this and other nursing programs during our upcoming online open house webinar series.

    Questions? We're here to help!

    For application related questions:
    enroll@drexel.edu

    For program related questions:
    College of Nursing and Health Professions Program Team
    CNHPGraduateDivision@drexel.edu


    *Online Nurse Practitioner programs are offered only on a part-time basis.
    *State restrictions may apply to some programs.
    *The Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate program at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

    Curriculum

    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.

    Program Requirements

    Required Courses
    Support Courses
    Advanced Pathophysiology 3.0
    Advanced Pharmacology 3.0
    Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
    Concentration Courses
    Pharmacology for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner 3.0
    PNP I: Primary Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents 5.0
    PNP II: Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents in Primary Care 5.0
    PNP III: Management and Care of Adolescents in the Primary Care Setting 5.0
    PNP IV: Primary Care of Children with Special Health Care Needs 5.0
    Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners 1.0
    Total Credits 34.0

    View a Sample Plan of Study [PDF] 
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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.
    • Graduate GPA of 3.0 or above 
    • While experience in pediatrics is not required for admission to the program, one year of experience is required before you can begin the clinical portion
      • 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

      Tuition

      The tuition rate for the academic year 2023-2024 is $1101 per credit. (A 10% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1223 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.

      Additional Equipment/Lab Fees

      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.

       

      Academic Calendar

      2023-2024 Academic Year

      Term

      Classes Begin

      Classes End

      Exams Begin

      Exams End

      Fall 2023

      September 26, 2023

      December 9, 2023

      December 11, 2023

      December 16, 2023

      Winter 2024

      January 8, 2024

      March 16, 2024

      March 18, 2024

      March 23, 2024

      Spring 2024

      April 1, 2024

      June 8, 2024

      June 10, 2024

      June 15, 2024

      Summer 2024

      June 24, 2024

      August 31, 2024

      September 3, 2024

      September 7, 2024

       

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