Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 38.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Maximum Time Frame: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Eligible
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**Drexel University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in Washington State for MSN/Clinical Nurse Leader, MSN/Clinical Trials Research, MSN/Leadership in Health Systems Management, MSN/Nurse Educator and Faculty Role, MSN/Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP, MSN/Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP, MSN/Family Individual Across the Lifespan NP, MSN/Pediatric Acute Care NP, MSN/Pediatric Primary Care & Pediatric Acute Care NP, MSN/Pediatric Primary Care NP, MSN/Psychiatric Mental Health NP, and MSN/Women’s Health Gender Related NP programs. For more information, go to the following website.
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 Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate is offered to individuals who have earned a master's degree in nursing and seek further preparation to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).
Family nurse practitioners primarily practice in ambulatory-care settings, such as primary care clinics, physician offices, HMOs, outpatient clinics, schools, nursing centers, emergency departments, long-term care facilities, industry, the armed services, public health departments, correctional institutions, and home health agencies.
Though courses are taken online, weekly synchronous online lectures are required. Students also meet on campus for mandatory on-campus residency days once per quarter.
This certificate program is 38.0 credits and can generally be completed in one year of part-time study. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the American Association of Nurse Practitioner's Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination and/or the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination.
What you'll learn
In this online certificate program, students analyze clinical strategies and interventions in health promotion, health maintenance, disease prevention and common health problems seen in family medicine.
The curriculum focuses on the application of advanced-practice nursing knowledge—including physical, psychosocial, and environmental assessment skills—to manage common health and illness problems of clients of all ages and their families. It emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention along with management of episodic acute or chronic illnesses.
What makes the FNP Certificate Program unique?
- Online lectures are offered in a highly interactive, e-learning method that challenges and engages students.
- Convenient format ideal for working professionals.
- Graduates will be eligible to apply for certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
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 Department of Advanced Practice Nursing at Drexel University provide students the flexibility of finding and coordinating their own clinical site and preceptor. The Department of Advanced Practice 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.
Current NPs may apply for credit prior course work. Please contact one of the academic advisors.
A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a National League of Nursing (NLNAC)or Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) –accredited program. A master's degree with a major in nursing (MSN) or Nurse Practitioners with MSNs from other disciplines from a regionally accredited program.
A GPA of at least 3.3 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 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 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 is acceptable.
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 Family Nurse Practitioner (Individual Across the Lifespan) Post-Masters Certificate tuition page
Application Link (if outside organization):
Students are accepted once a year by May 1st.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Drexel University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202.887.6791.