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Nurse Practitioner Track: Family Across the Lifespan

The Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate program is designed to prepare practitioners for primary care of the family and/or individual across the lifespan from birth to death. The focus is on well care and the management of episodic acute or chronic illnesses. Critical analysis of clinical strategies and interventions in health promotion, health maintenance, disease prevention and common health problems seen in family medicine are studied.

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 Family Nurse Practitioner Certification through AANP or ANCC 

This is a high-quality program that demands a major time commitment by advanced practicing nursing students. Because students are being trained to diagnose and treat patients, this program was designed to combine the convenience of online learning with the necessary rigor to become a highly competent and confident advanced nurse practitioner. Thus, while most courses are offered online, some facets of the program do require on-campus visits. The first four clinical courses each require 160 practicum hours while the fifth clinical course, NURS 538 - FNP V, requires 80 hours.**

On-Campus Requirements

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 534 – FNP I Summer Residency and Simulation (3 days)
  • NURS 535 – FNP II Fall Simulation Experience (1 day)
  • NURS 536 – FNP III Winter Simulation Experience (1 day)
  • NURS 537 – FNP IV Spring Residency and Simulation (3 days)
  • NURS 538 – FNP V Summer Simulation Experience (1 day)

During the residency 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.