MSN: Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Major: Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 52.0 quarter credits; 640 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 Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program is directed toward preparing nurse practitioners who will take advanced nursing roles as clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in the rapidly changing, evidence-driven health care environment. The program emphasizes evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and critical use of evolving technology in the care of children and their families. While most pediatric nurse practitioners practice in primary care settings, the continuum of child healthcare spans the geographic settings of home care, ambulatory care, specialty care, urgent care, and rehabilitative care.

Pediatric primary care nurse practitioners provide advanced nursing care across the continuum of healthcare services to meet the specialized physiologic and psychological needs of patients from infancy through adolescence, and have competencies to manage well-child care as well as complex, acute, and chronic healthcare conditions within a family-centered healthcare model. Graduates are eligible to sit for the ANCC’s Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Examination and/or the PNCB’s Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 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, simulations 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 Concentration 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 647PNP III: Management and Care of Adolescents in the Primary Care Setting5.0
NURS 648PNP IV: Primary Care of Children with Special Health Care Needs5.0
Elective3.0
Total Credits52.0

Sample Plan of Study

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
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 5
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
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
Term 9
NURS 643PNP II: Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents in Primary Care5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 10
NURS 647PNP III: Management and Care of Adolescents in the Primary Care Setting5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 11
NURS 648PNP IV: Primary Care of Children with Special Health Care Needs5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Total Credit: 52.0


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