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  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate

    Overview

    The accredited online Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate is an elite post-graduate program that prepares students to deliver advanced care to infants, children and adolescents with acute, critical, and complex health conditions. 

    Students will build upon primary care experience through courses that emphasize evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the critical use of new technology.

    Program Features

    • Fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)*
    • Courses taught by experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel's acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP)
    • Access to our state-of-the-art patient simulation lab
    • Graduates of the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program are eligible for the Acute Care Pediatric exam offered by the PNCB
    • Synchronous online lectures offer a highly interactive learning format that challenges and engages students

    On-Campus Requirements

    This is a high-quality program that demands a major commitment of time by advanced practice nurses. 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 and confident Pediatric Acute 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.**

    While enrolled in clinical coursework, students are required to attend one-to-two day campus intensive experiences to participate in simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in CNHP’s state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary patient simulation lab. These visits allow professors to offer direct support, guidance, and mentoring while providing students with the opportunity to interact with faculty members and collaborate with peers.

    For questions, please contact:

    Gladys Clapano-Mozdzoneck
    Academic Advisor
    267.359.5646 
    gc346@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, North Carolina, or Wisconsin.

    ***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.

    Curriculum

    Required Courses 
    Support Courses 
    NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
    NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
    NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
    NURS 646Pharmacology for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner3.0
    NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
    Clinical Courses 
    NURS 642PNP I: Primary Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents5.0
    NURS 643PNP II: Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents in Primary Care5.0
    NURS 649Ped Nurse Pract AC I:Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management5.0
    NURS 650Ped Nurse Pract AC II:Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management5.0
    NURS 651PNP Management of the Medically Fragile and Technology Dependent Child in the Community5.0
    Total Credits39.0

    View a Sample Plan of Study [PDF]
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    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. 
    • Graduate GPA of 3.0 or above  
    • A minimum of one year nursing experience in a pediatric acute care setting       
      • Current, unrestricted United States RN license
      • Current PALS certification

      Required Documents

      • 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)
      • A copy of your current PALS certification
      • Additional requirements for International Students

      How to Submit Supporting Documents

      Tuition

      The tuition rate for the academic year 2014-2015 is $861 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $956 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 2014     

      September 22, 2014

      December 5, 2014

      December 8, 2014

      December 13, 2014

      Winter 2015 

      January 5, 2015

      March 16, 2015

      March 17, 2015

      March 21, 2015

      Spring 2015 

      March 30, 2015

      June 8, 2015

      June 9, 2015

      June 12, 2015

      Summer 2015 

      June 22, 2015

      August 29, 2015

      September 1, 2015

      September 5, 2015

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