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  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate

    Overview

    The accredited online Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate prepares students to perform medical diagnosis and treatment for the young adult and the aging patient populations.

    The program studies the aging process through didactic lectures, problem-based learning, clinical practice hours, patient experiences, and simulation. Graduates will meet the growing demand for adult geriatric nurse practitioners and learn to provide care for the aging and their families across the entire continuum of health and illness.

    Program Features

    • 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
    • The post-graduate APRN certificate at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

    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. 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:

    Brian Anderson
    Academic Advisor
    267.359.5657
    bga28@drexel.edu


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

    Curriculum

    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.

    Support Courses 
    NURS 548 Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
    NURS 549 Advanced Pharmacology3.0
    NURS 550 Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
    Concentration Courses 
    NURS 641 Advanced Pharmacology for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners3.0
    NURS 664 Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
    NURS 660 Adult-Gero Primary Care I: Introduction to Adult-Gero Primary Care and Care of the Young-Adult5.0
    NURS 661 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care II: Management and Care of Adult Patients in Primary Care5.0
    NURS 662 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care III: Management of the Older-Adult Patient in Primary Care5.0
    NURS 663 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care IV: Gerontology Management and Care5.0
    Total Credits34.0

    View a Sample Plan of Study [PDF]
    View Course Descriptions

    Admissions Criteria

    • Master 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. 
    • GPA of 3.0 or above
    • A current, unrestricted United States RN license
    • Licensed, certified, and practicing Nurse Practitioners seeking certification in an alternate specialty are eligible to apply for the Spring term as well as the Fall term

    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
    • 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 (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 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)
    • Spring Term Applicants: A copy of your Nurse Practitioner Certification
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Tuition

    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 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

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Term 
    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

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