Students taking an online course with a clinical component or practicum CANNOT do 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 do 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 in the process of applying for a Certificate for Approval to Operate in Maryland.
Drexel University accepts New York residents into this program. Clinical Rotations, however, cannot be in New York State. This will not affect New York certification and licensure.
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)/Individual Across the Lifespan Drexel Online program focuses on the application of advanced-practice nursing knowledge—including physical, psychosocial, and environmental assessment skills—to manage common health and illness problems of clients of all ages and their families. It emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention along with management of episodic acute or chronic illnesses.
Family nurse practitioners primarily practice in ambulatory-care settings, such as primary care clinics, physician offices, HMOs, outpatient clinics, schools, nursing centers, emergency departments, long-term care facilities, industry, the armed services, public health departments, correctional institutions, and home health agencies.
Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the ANCC's Family Nurse Practitioner Examination and/or the AANP's Family Nurse Practitioner Examination.
What you’ll learn
In this Drexel Online MSN program, students analyze clinical strategies and interventions in health promotion, health maintenance, disease prevention and common health problems seen in family medicine.
Because students are being educated to diagnose and treat patients, this master’s program was designed to combine the convenience of online learning with the necessary rigor to become a competent and confident advanced practice nurse upon graduation.
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 Mandatory On-Campus Intensive Visits include:
- NURS 534 – FNP I Summer On-Campus Intensives
- NURS 535 – FNP II Fall On-Campus Intensives
- NURS 536 – FNP III Winter On-Campus Intensives
- NURS 537 – FNP IV Spring On-Campus Intensives
During the on-campus intensive 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.
What makes the FNP program unique?
- Synchronous online lectures are offered in a highly interactive, e-learning method that challenges and engages students.
- Experienced and board certified faculty committed to student achievement.
- You are part of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions with access to clinical practice environments and simulated health care scenarios.
The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.
Visit the Compliance pages for more information.
Note: Applicants seeking admission into the graduate family nurse practitioner track must be willing to complete the clinical practicum rotations in any State excluding New York and Maryland. Prior to starting clinical rotations, students must provide license verification in the appropriate state in which they will complete their clinical rotations, as well as Pennsylvania in which the University is located. Please note all submitted materials become the property of Drexel University.
A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a National League of Nursing–accredited program. A GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or 3.25 or above on the last 60 credits of the B.S.N. is required. Applications from RNs who hold non-nursing baccalaureate degrees are considered on an individual basis.
- Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
- Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
- If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
- Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions
Two professional references required from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to applicant's clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study. Recommendation letters must include address, phone number, and signature of recommender. The envelope must be submitted unopened.
Personal Statement/ Essay:
- You may use our electronic letter of recommendation service
- If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter, please remind them that it must include an ink signature and be submitted in a sealed envelope.
Personal statement (under 1,000 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:
- Why you are choosing this particular program of study,
- Your plans upon completion of the graduate degree, and
- How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this M.S.N. program.
Admissions interview may be required
Required. (Note: Resume/CV should be detailed regarding work experience including specific job experiences/responsibilities/departments)
A copy of your current, unrestricted United States RN license or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse. License verification from your nursing license registry website are acceptable.
Previous related work experience may make an applicant more competitive.
Requirements can be found here
Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page on Drexel Central
Application Link (if
Decisions on admissions will be made by June 30th.