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The Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate program is designed to prepare practitioners for primary care of the family and/or individual across the lifespan from birth to death. The focus is on well care and the management of episodic acute or chronic illnesses. Critical analysis of clinical strategies and interventions in health promotion, health maintenance, disease prevention and common health problems seen in family medicine are studied.
This is a high-quality program that demands a major time commitment by
advanced practicing nursing students. Because students are being trained to
diagnose and treat patients, this program was designed to combine the
convenience of online learning with the necessary rigor to become a highly
competent and confident advanced nurse practitioner. Thus, while most courses
are offered online, some facets of the program do require on-campus visits. The
first four clinical courses each require 160 practicum hours while the fifth
clinical course, NURS 538 - FNP V, requires 80 hours.**
The College of Nursing and Health Professions' NP faculty members are
committed to quality and excellence in all online Nurse Practitioner programs.
In order to maintain the preeminence of these degrees, campus visits are
essential to the program. The on-campus visits include:
During the residency visits, students will participate in simulated
clinical learning experiences conducted in the College of Nursing and Health
Professions' state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary patient simulation lab. These visits allow professors to offer students direct support,
guidance, and mentoring while providing students with the opportunity to
interact with faculty members and collaborate with their peers.
For questions regarding the course of study and curriculum, please contact:
*The master's programs at Drexel University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.
**NEW YORK RESIDENTS: Clinical rotations cannot be completed in the state of New York.
***MARYLAND RESIDENTS: Students taking an online course with a clinical component or practicum CANNOT complete the clinical or practicum portion of the course within the state of Maryland at this time. If you are a licensed Registered Nurse (R.N.) you may complete a clinical or practicum in Virginia and Delaware which share in a Nurse Compact for Licensure with Maryland. Students who reside in Maryland may continue to take online courses at Drexel University, but they must do the clinical portion of the course in another state. If you have already made arrangements to complete you clinical in Maryland, please contact your Academic Advisor or Director of Clinical Education immediately to help you find a new clinical site. Drexel University is currently in the process of applying for a Certificate for Approval to Operate in Maryland.