MSN: Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Major: Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute Care
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 57.0; 800 clinical hours
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3809
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
29-1171

About the Program

The online Pediatric Acute Nurse Practitioner (PNP-AC) program is designed to prepare practitioners for professional practice in the management of medical, surgical, and critical-care pediatric patient populations. Concurrent theory and clinical courses provide a knowledge base for the management of pediatric complex acute, critical, and chronic health care conditions. Clinical practicum rotations allow students to put the principles they have learned into practice in medical, surgical, and critical care settings. Upon completing the program, graduates pursue practice roles across the continuum of acute care services ranging from high-acuity hospital based emergency or intensive care settings to specialty based practices. Graduates are eligible to sit for the PNCB's Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination.

The nurse practitioner faculty is committed to quality and excellence in the nurse practitioner (NP) programs.Students meet on campus for mandatory On Campus Intensive (OCI) learning experiences, simulation, and evaluation. OCI visits occur 2-4 times during the clinical portion of the program and range from 2-3 days. Mandatory on-campus visits are essential to students transitioning into the NP role.

During the On-Campus Intensives, students engage in simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in the College of Nursing and Health Professions' state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary patient simulation lab. These visits provide direct guidance and mentoring from faculty, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with peers.

For more information about this program, visit Drexel's MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs web page.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
Support Courses
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
NURS 646Pharmacology for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner3.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
Clinical Courses
NURS 642PNP I: Primary Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents5.0
NURS 643PNP II: Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents in Primary Care5.0
NURS 649Ped Nurse Pract AC I:Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management5.0
NURS 650Ped Nurse Pract AC II:Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management5.0
NURS 651PNP Management of the Medically Fragile and Technology Dependent Child in the Community5.0
Elective3.0
Total Credits57.0


Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Term 1Credits
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 4
Elective3.0
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Second Year
Term 5
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
 Term Credits4.0
Term 6
NURS 646Pharmacology for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 7
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
 Term Credits4.0
Term 8
NURS 642PNP I: Primary Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Third Year
Term 9
NURS 643PNP II: Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents in Primary Care5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 10
NURS 649Ped Nurse Pract AC I:Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 11
NURS 650Ped Nurse Pract AC II:Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Management5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 12
NURS 651PNP Management of the Medically Fragile and Technology Dependent Child in the Community5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Total Credit: 57.0

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