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  • Certificate in Integrated Nursing Care of Autism Spectrum Disorders


    The accredited online Certificate in Integrated Nursing Care of Autism Spectrum Disorders prepares nurses to understand and deliver lifelong care to people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD.) The program integrates core ASD characteristics and features with nursing care and trains students to serve patients in a variety of service settings.

    Students will develop their skill as members of a treatment team that includes patients, families, and other healthcare providers. Courses will instruct students on providing more responsive, cooperative, and professional service to this unique population of patients, while helping them develop a practice philosophy and long term professional agenda in ASD care to include practice, education, and research.

    Program Features

    • Courses and curriculum are developed and taught by Drexel's acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions faculty
    • Interaction and networking with elite faculty and peer group
    • Now financial aid eligible

    For questions, please contact:

    Ellen Giarelli, EdD, RN, CRNP
    Certificate Coordinator

    Redian Furxhiu
    Student Services Manager

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses 
    Select either 3 or 4 of the following, depending on area of focus: 
    NURS 540ASD I: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder 
    NURS 541ASD II: Health and Behavioral Care Planning and Intervention for Children and Adolescents 
    NURS 542ASD III: Health and Behavioral Care Planning and Intervention for Adults with ASD 
    NURS 543ASD IV: Nursing Leadership and Advocacy for ASD 
    Total Credits9.0-12.0

    View Course Descriptions

    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree that is either:
      • A 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. OR
      • A Non-Nursing bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited program (for RNs without a BSN)
    • A GPA of at least 2.75 on all previous coursework 
    • 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 Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Personal statement (800 to 1,600 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:
      • Why you are choosing this particular track
      • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program, and
      • Your plans upon completing the degree
    • Resume
    • A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable)
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $940 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1044 per credit)

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact 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.


    Academic Calendar

    2016-2017 Academic Year

    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

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2017     

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018 

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

    Apply today for the Certificate in Integrated Nursing Care of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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