Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Financial Aid Eligibility: Eligible
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.
State restrictions may apply to some programs
The Drexel Online Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Dual Option Post Graduate Certificate 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 the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or Pediatric Nurse Certification Board (PNCB) and the Acute Care Pediatric Certification exam offered through the PNCB.
What you’ll learn
This certificate'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. While most courses are offered online, some facets of the program do require on-campus visits and clinical practicum rotations.
The curriculum of this certificate program provides a knowledge base for the management of pediatric complex acute, critical, and chronic health care conditions while promoting optimal health.
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 are mandatory.
NURS 642 PNP I Summer Virtual Simulation Experience (1 day)
- NURS 643 PNP II Fall Simulation Experience (5 days)
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 interprofessional simulated health care scenarios.
Pennsylvania RN licensure is required prior to the start of your clinical components. While this is not a requirement for admission, we recommend starting the process immediately after admission.
*The nurse practitioner programs in the Division of Graduate Nursing at Drexel University provide students the flexibility of finding and coordinating their own clinical site and preceptor. The Nursing Division of Graduate Nursing offers students resources to assist in this process. Accessibility to clinical sites and preceptors varies from state to state. Students may be required to travel to access clinical sites/preceptors and achieve the necessary clinical hours.
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.
June 1, 2021
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.
A GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or 3.25 or above on the last 60 credits of the BSN is required. If overall GPA is below 3.0, the GRE is 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
Two professional references required from previous or current supervisors, managers, nursing faculty members or program directors who can attest to applicant's clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study. References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.
Personal Statement/ Essay:
Personal statement (under 1,000 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:
A minimum of recent 1- 2 years’ experience in a clinically appropriate area.
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:
Please visit the Drexel Online Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate tuition page
Application Link (if outside organization):
Students are accepted once a year by May 1st.
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