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 Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate

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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.

Key Program Features:

  • Synchronous online lectures offer a highly interactive learning format that challenges and engages students
  • Fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)*
  • An experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel’s acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions 
  • Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for Family Nurse Practitioner Certification through AANP or ANCC 

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.**

On-Campus Requirements

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:

  • NURS 534 – FNP I Summer Residency and Simulation (3 days)
  • NURS 535 – FNP II Fall Simulation Experience (1 day)
  • NURS 536 – FNP III Winter Simulation Experience (1 day)
  • NURS 537 – FNP IV Spring Residency and Simulation (3 days)
  • NURS 538 – FNP V Summer Simulation Experience (1 day)

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:
Amanda Pauker
Academic Advisor
215-762-3260
aep86@drexel.edu  

 

*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.  

 

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