Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 37.0
Instructional Delivery: Online, Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Maximum Time Frame: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible
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 Women's Health/Gender Related Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate program provides MSN prepared nurses with the skills necessary to provide advanced care to women and their partners throughout the lifespan with a specialized emphasis on reproductive and gynecologic health needs.
The program's graduates are also qualified to provide a myriad of gender related services focusing on health promotion and disease prevention and range from well-woman care, prenatal and postpartum care, and common and complex women’s health issues in both primary settings and women's health specialty practices.
The WH/GRNP Post Graduate Certificate track is well positioned to improve the health and quality of life for women and their partners of all ages while recognizing their individual physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Program of Study
This certificate is offered to those individuals who have earned a master's degree in nursing and seek further preparation to become a Women's Health/Gender Related Nurse Practitioner (WH/GRNP). The program consists of 37 credits and can generally be completed in two years of part-time study. Transcripts will be reviewed and course work will be determined on an individual basis.
All post-master's students in nurse practitioner tracks must transfer in three credits (quarter or semester) of master’s-level advanced pathophysiology (or advanced physiology), and advanced pharmacology. If these courses are not transferred in they must be taken at Drexel prior to the first clinical course. Students should check with the program coordinator for the exact schedule.
What you'll learn
This program prepares nurse practitioners for roles as advanced-practice clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in a collaborative and multi-disciplinary healthcare environment. It was designed to embrace the competencies and skill sets required for today's versatile nurse practitioner as medical knowledge expands, healthcare systems evolve and technology advances in response to health care needs and high-quality and innovative research.
The WH/GRNP curriculum includes a wide range of issues specific to women and their partners, including well women evaluations, preconception, prenatal and postpartum care, menopausal issues, complementary and alternative therapy options, family planning, and various primary care issues related to the health care of women throughout the lifespan.
Key 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 Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Certification through the National Certification Corporation (NCC).
The WH/GRNP Post Graduate Certificate program produces highly competent, confident, and well prepared women's health professionals. This high-quality certificate program demands a major commitment of time by advanced practicing nursing students and combines the convenience of rigorous synchronous online didactic classes with a clinical component to effectively teach students to diagnose and manage health promotion and health issues of women from adolescence to older adulthood.**
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 on-campus visits include:
- NURS 690 - WHNP I: Summer On-Campus Intensives (2-5 days)
- NURS 691 - WHNP II: Fall On-Campus Intensives (2 days)
- NURS 692 - WHNP III: Winter On-Campus Intensives (2 days)
- NURS 693 - WHNP IV: Spring On-Campus Intensives (2-5 days)
During the on campus visits, students will participate in trandisciplinary, simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in the College of Nursing and Health Professions' state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary patient simulation lab. These exercises are designed to promote a better understanding and respect of discipline-specific roles, improve existing communication and collaboration and initiate teamwork development in order to promote safety and high quality patient care. These visits also 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 WH/GRNP Post Graduate Certificate program unique?
- Synchronous online lectures are offered in a highly interactive, e-learning method that challenges and engages students.
- Clinical education offered via distance learning concurrently with clinical preceptorships close to home.
- Convenient format ideal for working professionals.
- Clinically active faculty with national board certification.
- You are part of the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions with access to clinical practice environments and interprofessional 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.
A master's degree with a major in nursing (MSN) from a regionally accredited program.
A GPA of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.
- 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 letters of recommendation (from either a previous or immediate supervisor and/or a former nursing faculty member who can attest to the applicant's clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study). References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.
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 (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
- How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this M.S.N. program.
A personal interview via phone or in-person 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 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.
Clinical Work/Volunteer Experience:
While no work experience is required for applicants to the pediatric primary care nurse practitioner track, previous pediatric work experience may make an applicant more competitive.
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.
Tuition and Fee Rates:
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