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Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Practitioner-Pediatric Primary Care/Pediatric Acute Care Dual Program

**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.



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.



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.


The Drexel Online MSN Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Dual Option prepares students for advanced nursing roles as clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in pediatric health and wellness.

Students will also become experts in delivering care to infants, children, and adolescents with acute and complex health disorders.

Graduates of the dual option program are eligible for the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification exam through ANCC or PNCB and the Acute Care Pediatric Certification exam offered through the PNCB.

What you'll learn

The degree's curriculum emphasizes evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the critical use of new technology. Nurse practitioners specializing in pediatric primary and acute care will be able to meet the health care needs required by children and families with acute, complex care with a promotion of optimal wellness.

This high-quality program 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 Primary Care and 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.

During each clinical course the students are required to come to Drexel's campus for two day minimum of an "On Campus Intensives" (OCI). Students will participate in simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in CNHP's 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 peers. The OCI experiences occur every quarter during your clinical coursework and are

The nurse practitioner faculty is committed to quality and excellence in the nurse practitioner (NP) programs. Mandatory on-campus visits are essential to students transitioning into the NP role.

What makes this program unique?

  • Synchronous online lectures are offered in a highly interactive, e-learning method that challenges and engages students.
    • Courses taught by experienced and board certified faculty.
    • 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.

Admission Requirements

Technical Standards - Nursing 

A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a National League of Nursing–accredited program. Applications from RNs who hold non-nursing baccalaureate degrees are considered on an individual basis.Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or 3.25 or above on the last 60 credits of the BSN required. Applications from RN's with a non-nursing bachelor's degree will be considered on an individual basis.

Standardized Tests:


  • 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.

  • 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/Essay:
Personal statement (800 to 1,600 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:
  1. Why you are choosing this particular program of study
  2. Your plans upon completion of the graduate degree
  3. How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this M.S.N. program

Admissions interview may be required


A copy of your RN license or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse. License verification from your nursing license registry Web site are acceptable.

It is highly recommended for applicants seeking admission into the graduate practitioner tracks to obtain nursing licensure in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware to enhance preceptor and clinical site selection during the clinical practicum courses. Prior to starting clinical rotations, students must provide license verification in the appropriate state in which they will complete their clinical rotations.

Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience:
Previous related work experience may make an applicant more competitive.

International Students:

Requirements can be found here

Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates pageon Drexel Central

Application Link (if outside organization):


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