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 Drexel Online Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program is directed toward preparing nurse practitioners who will take advanced nursing roles as clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in the rapidly changing, evidence-driven health care environment.
Pediatric primary care nurse practitioners provide advanced nursing care across the continuum of healthcare services to meet the specialized physiologic and psychological needs of patients from infancy through adolescence, and have competencies to manage well-child care as well as complex, acute, and chronic healthcare conditions within a family-centered healthcare model.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the ANCC's Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Examination and/or the PNCB's Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Examination.
What you'll learn
This MSN program emphasizes evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and critical use of evolving technology in the care of children and their families. While most pediatric nurse practitioners practice in primary care settings, the continuum of child healthcare spans the geographic settings of home care, ambulatory care, specialty care, urgent care, and rehabilitative care.
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 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. The NP programs provide two on-campus clinical orientations to prepare students for clinical practice rotation. Following clinical orientation, these mandatory on-campus visits occur during the following times:
- 2nd Year, Summer Term – students come to campus during the first clinical course for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).
- 3rd Year, Fall Term – students come to campus during the second clinical course for 2-3 days for a standardized patient lab experience (SPL) and/or human patient simulation (HPS) experience, depending on the program.
- 3rd Year, Spring Term – students come to campus during the fourth clinical course for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).
What makes the PNP 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.
- Simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in our new state of the art multidisciplinary patient simulation lab
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: It is highly recommended for applicants seeking admission into the graduate Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track 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. 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 (NLNAC) or Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) –accredited program.. Applications from R.N.s who hold a non-nursing baccalaureate degree 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 Bachelors of Science in Nursing required.
- 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
It is highly recommended for applicants seeking admission into the graduate Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track 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. Please note all submitted materials become the property of Drexel University.
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:
- 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.
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.
One year of pediatric nursing care experience is required for applicants prior to entering the clinical sequence in the pediatric primary care nurse practitioner track.
International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have:
- a minimum combined score for listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
- a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.
Additional requirements can be found here
Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page on Drexel Central
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While experience in pediatrics is not required for admission to the program, one year of experience is required before a student can begin the clinical portion of the program.