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  • Family Nurse Practitioner (Individual Across the Lifespan) Post-Masters Certificate

    Overview

    The accredited online Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate prepares 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.

    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

    Practicum/On-Campus Requirements

    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 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 mandatory On-Campus Intensive, 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, please contact:

    Amanda Pauker
    Academic Advisor
    267.359.5647 
    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.

    **This program is not currently accepting applications from students living in Iowa, Louisiana, or Wisconsin.

    **Students living in North Carolina may be admitted to the program, however cannot complete their clinical practicum requirements in the state of North Carolina. Clinicals may be completed in a neighboring state.

    **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 your clinical in Maryland, please contact your Academic Advisor or Director of Clinical Education immediately to help you find a new clinical site.

    **WASHINGTON RESIDENTS: Drexel University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Drexel University to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the council does not carry with it an endorsement by the council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

    Curriculum

    Required Courses 
    Support Courses 
    NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
    NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
    NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
    Concentration Courses 
    NURS 534FNP I: Primary Care of the Emerging Family5.0
    NURS 535FNP II: Primary and Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents5.0
    NURS 536FNP III: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Across the Adult Age Spectrum I5.0
    NURS 537FNP IV: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Across the Adult Age Spectrum II5.0
    NURS 538FNP V: Integrative Practicum in Family Practice Across the Lifespan4.0
    NURS 556Pharmacology for Family Nurse Practitioners3.0
    NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
    Total Credits38.0

    View a Sample Plan of Study [PDF]
    View Course Descriptions

    Admissions Criteria

    • Master of Science in Nursing 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. 
    • GPA of 3.0 or above
    • 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 supporting document submission 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 2015-2016 is $887 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $985 per credit)

    This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    This program is not currently eligible for Federal Financial Aid, however, we offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.

     

    Academic Calendar

    Term 
    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2015     

    September 21, 2015

    December 5, 2015

    December 7, 2015

    December 12, 2015

    Winter 2016 

    January 4, 2016

    March 14, 2016

    March 15, 2016

    March 19, 2016

    Spring 2016 

    March 28, 2016

    June 6, 2016

    June 7, 2016

    June 10, 2016

    Summer 2016 

    June 20, 2016

    August 29, 2016

    August 30, 2016

    September 3, 2016

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