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  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

    Overview

    The aging population is expected to double over the next 20 years. Therefore, the need for Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners will also expand to handle health promotion and the disease management needs of this geriatric population.

    Drexel's accredited online MSN in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner prepares students to perform medical diagnosis and treatment through didactic lectures, problem-based learning, clinical practice hours, standardized patient experiences and high-fidelity simulation. This program coincides with the new models of health care delivery and the increasing demand for adult geriatric nurse practitioners to provide care for the aging and the elderly as well as their families across the entire continuum of health and illness, including acute critical conditions.

    Program Features

    • The master's degree in nursing at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Collaboration with health care providers that focus on patients at various stages of the aging process
    • An experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel's acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions
    • Professors use various forms of technology, including high-fidelity simulation to create adult-centered learning environments
    • Graduates of this program are eligible for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification through ANCC or AACN

    Clinical Practice

    The clinical practice settings, which include primary care and assisted living, provide students with a mixed outpatient experience ranging from specialty clinical and primary care settings. Supervised clinical hours allow students to perform advanced physical assessment, critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning and management of care in collaboration with licensed physicians and APNs in accredited institutions.

    On-Campus Requirements

    During the mandatory On-Campus Intensive, students will participate in several simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in the College of Nursing and Health Professions' 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 their peers. Pennsylvania RN licensure will be 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.

    For questions, please contact:

    Amanda Pauker                                  
    Academic Advisor
    267.359.5647       
    aep86@drexel.edu


    Online Nurse Practitioner programs are offered only on a part-time basis.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.

    Curriculum

    Core Courses 
    NURS 500Confronting 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
     Elective3.0
    Support Courses 
    NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
    NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
    NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
    NURS 641Advanced Pharmacology for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners3.0
    NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
    Clinical Courses 
    NURS 660Adult-Gero Primary Care I: Introduction to Adult-Gero Primary Care and Care of the Young-Adult5.0
    NURS 661Adult-Gerontology Primary Care II: Management and Care of Adult Patients in Primary Care5.0
    NURS 662Adult-Gerontology Primary Care III: Management of the Older-Adult Patient in Primary Care5.0
    NURS 663Adult-Gerontology Primary Care IV: Gerontology Management and Care5.0
    Total Credits52.0

    View a Sample Plan of Study [PDF]
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    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from program fully accredited by National League of Nursing (NLN) and/or American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN.) The accrediting body for NLN is ACEN and the accrediting body for the American Association Colleges of Nursing is CCNE. 
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above from your BSN
    • One year of adult nursing experience is preferred, but not required.
    • A current, unrestricted United States RN license

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former nursing faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study
      • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members
    • 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, and
      • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this MSN program
    • Resume including specific details of your responsibilities and job experiences
    • A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable)
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $913 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1014 per credit)


    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    Additional Equipment/Lab Fees

     

    Academic Calendar

    Term 
    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

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