MSN Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Preparing Nurse Leaders for the Delivery of Outstanding Pediatric Health, Wellness, and Acute Care

The online MSN Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares students for advanced nursing roles as clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in Pediatric Acute Care. Students will also become experts in delivering care to infants, children, and adolescents with acute, critical and complex health conditions. This elite MSN was developed and is taught by Drexel University's renowned faculty from the nationally-ranked College of Nursing and Health Professions.

The degree's curriculum emphasizes evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the critical use of new technology, while preparing the graduates to practice in an inpatient and outpatient acute or specialty clinical setting. The program follows the curricular guidelines approved by the National Taskforce on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education (2008) and follows Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Competencies (NONPF, 2002) and Critical Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies (NONPF, 2004). Acute-Care Graduates who enroll in this track are qualified to sit for certification examinations for acute care (PNCB) pediatric nurse practitioners.

Please note: Applicants must have an B.S.N. degree to apply.

Features & Benefits

  • Fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Courses taught by experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel's acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP)
  • Access to CNHP's state-of-the-art patient simulation lab
  • Graduates of the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program are eligible for the Acute Care Pediatric exam offered by the PNCB
  • Synchronous online lectures offer a highly interactive learning format that challenges and engages students

On-Campus Requirements

This is a high-quality program that 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 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 enrollment in their clinical coursework, students are required to attend one-to-two day campus intensive experiences. 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.

For questions regarding the course of study and curriculum, please contact:
Gladys Clapano-Mozdzoneck
Academic Advisor

*The master's programs at Drexel University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

**NEW YORK RESIDENTS: Clinical rotations cannot be completed in the state of New York. MARYLAND RESIDENTS: Students taking an online course with a clinical component or practicum CANNOT complete 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 complete you 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 currently in the process of applying for a Certificate for Approval to Operate in Maryland.