Students taking an online course with a clinical component or practicum CANNOT do the clinical or practicum portion of the course within the state of Maryland at this time. If you are a licensed Registered Nurse (R.N.) you may complete a clinical or practicum in Virginia and Delaware which share in a Nurse Compact for Licensure with Maryland. Students who reside in Maryland may continue to take online courses at Drexel University, but they must do the clinical portion of the course in another state. If you have already made arrangements to do clinical in Maryland, please contact your Academic Advisor or Director of Clinical Education immediately to help you find a new clinical site. Drexel University is in the process of applying for a Certificate for Approval to Operate in Maryland.
Drexel University accepts New York residents into this program. Clinical Rotations, however, cannot be in New York State. This will not affect New York certification and licensure.
The Drexel Online Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) program is designed to prepare practitioners for professional practice in the management of medical, surgical, and critical-care adult patient populations who are acutely ill or injured.
Please note: Applicants must have a BSN degree to apply.
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 ANCC’s Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination (ACNP-BC) and/or AACN’s Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Adult Gerontology (ACNPC-AG) examination.
Because students are being educated to diagnose and treat patients, this master's program was designed to combine the convenience of online learning with the necessary rigor to become a competent and confident advanced practice nurse upon graduation.
While the majority of the track is online, students are required to be on campus during clinical practicum courses NURS 570, 571, 572, and 573. There is no on campus visit during NUR 580.
What you'll learn
The AG-ACNP program provides the knowledge and skills needed to provide healthcare services to meet the specialized needs of adult and geriatric patients with acute medical or surgical issues, including the critically ill or injured.
This is a 57-credit graduate track with an 800 clinical hour requirement. Clinical practicum courses consist of two parts; didactic lectures and clinical practicum rotations that run concurrently. The didactic lectures are held once a week online for three hours of synchronized mandatory online lectures. Each clinical practicum course has a required 160 total clinical hours. Students typically complete two eight hour clinical days each week.
In tandem with the curriculum, clinical practicum rotations allow students to put the principles they have learned into practice. While on campus, students participate in simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in our new state of the art multidisciplinary patient simulation lab. In addition, students undergo standardized patient experiences, problem based learning, and hands on experience with technical skills.
The nurse practitioner faculty is committed to quality and excellence in the nurse practitioner (NP) programs. Mandatory on-campus visits are essential to students transitioning into the NP role. These mandatory on-campus visits take place at our Center City campus.
- Students come to campus during following courses for 2-4 days for On-Campus Intensives a standardized patient lab experience (SPL), human patient simulation (HPS) experience, and skills lab activities:
- NUR 570-AGACNP I
- NUR 571-AGACNP II
- NUR 572-AGACNP III
- NUR 573-AGACNP IV
What makes the AG-ACNP program unique?
- Synchronous online lectures are offered in a highly interactive, e-learning method that challenges and engages students.
- Clinically active faculty with national board certification.
- You are part of the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions with access to clinical practice environments and inter-professional simulated health care scenarios.
The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.
Visit the Compliance pages for more information.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing from program fully accredited by NLN and/or CCNE. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or 3.25 or above on the last 60 credits of the BSN required. Applications from R.N.s who hold a non-nursing baccalaureate degree are considered on an individual basis.
- Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
- Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
- If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
- Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions
Two years of current critical care experience is required. Critical care experience is defined as 2 years of direct patient care (not managerial) in an intensive care unit of any specialty. Telemetry and medical-surgical floor nursing experience are not included in the definition of critical care. Emergency room experience may meet the criteria depending on the patient population.
Two professional references required from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to applicant's clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study. Recommendation letters must include address, phone number, and signature of recommender. The envelope must be submitted unopened.
Personal Statement/ Essay:
- You may use our electronic letter of recommendation service
- If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter, please remind them that it must include an ink signature and be submitted in a sealed envelope.
Personal statement (length: 800 to 1600 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
- How your current work experience will meet the criteria of 2 years of recent critical care experience.
Admissions interview may be required
Required. Note: Resume should be detailed regarding work experience including specific job experiences/responsibilities/departments
A copy of your current, unrestricted United States RN license or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse. License verification from your nursing license registry website are acceptable.
Two years of current critical care experience is required.
Requirements can be found here
Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page on Drexel Central
Application Link (if
Students are accepted once a year by June 30th.