Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's
Number of Credits to Completion: 39.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Maximum Time Frame: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Eligible
Drexel University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Drexel University to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the council does not carry with it an endorsement by the council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.
**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 Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate is an elite post-graduate program that prepares students to deliver advanced care to infants, children and adolescents with acute, critical, and complex health conditions.
Students will build upon primary care experience through courses that emphasize evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the critical use of new technology. The program's curriculum was developed and is taught by Drexel University's renowned faculty from the nationally ranked College of Nursing and Health Professions.
This certificate program can generally be completed in two years of part-time study. Graduates of the Pediatric Acute Care NP Certificate program are eligible for the Acute Care Pediatric exam offered through Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).
What you'll learn
The curriculum of this certificate program provides a knowledge base for the management of pediatric complex acute, critical, and chronic health care conditions.
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 is 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.
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 the PNP-AC 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.
- Access to the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions' state-of-the-art patient simulation lab.
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 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.
- 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/ Essay:
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:
Please visit the Drexel Online Pediatric Acute 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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