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Master of Science in Nursing: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner



Drexel University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Drexel University to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the council does not carry with it an endorsement by the council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

**Drexel University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in Washington State for MSN/Clinical Nurse Leader, MSN/Clinical Trials Research, MSN/Leadership in Health Systems Management, MSN/Nurse Educator and Faculty Role, MSN/Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP, MSN/Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP, MSN/Family Individual Across the Lifespan NP, MSN/Pediatric Acute Care NP, MSN/Pediatric Primary Care & Pediatric Acute Care NP, MSN/Pediatric Primary Care NP, MSN/Psychiatric Mental Health NP, and MSN/Women's Health Gender Related NP programs. For more information, go to the following website.

State Regulations



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.


State restrictions may apply to some programs

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Recorded Virtual Open House


Drexel University has expanded its current State Board Approved Nurse Practitioner tracks to include an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP) track offering. This Drexel Online program will prepare students for certification as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner to address the specific needs of the aging adult.

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

As a nationally recognized leader in online learning, Drexel University permits greater access for students to the program by offering it in an online format. This specialty track also contributes to Drexe's efforts to provide comprehensive, culturally sensitive, integrated academic offerings enhanced by technology as well as achieve the goal of increasing competence among healthcare professionals in this important area of need.

What you'll learn

The AG-PCNP program provides the knowledge and skills needed to provide healthcare services to meet the specialized needs of adult and geriatric patients.

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. During your time in the program, you will participate in a mandatory on-campus and/or virtual intensive. The required intensive/s will be held during clinical courses. Exact dates and times will be confirmed with students prior to the term.

What makes the AG-PCNP 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 simulated health care scenarios.

Types of Jobs and Job Settings for Program Graduates

Graduates can practice in any adult primary setting (ages 12 and above). This includes specialties like cardiology, pulmonary, GI, neuro, rheumatology, dermatology, heme/onc, occupational health, and college/university health centers. In addition, they can practice in geriatric practices including long-term care facilities, hospice, and palliative care.

Pennsylvania RN licensure is 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.

*The nurse practitioner programs in the Division of Graduate Nursing at Drexel University provide students the flexibility of finding and coordinating their own clinical site and preceptor. The Division of Graduate Nursing offers students resources to assist in this process. Accessibility to clinical sites and preceptors varies from state to state. Students may be required to travel to access clinical sites/preceptors and achieve the necessary clinical hours.


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.

Application Deadline

Fall 2023 Application Deadline: July 1, 2023

Admission Requirements

Technical Standards - Nursing 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing from program fully accredited by NLN and/or CCNE. Must have a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above from your BSN.

Standardized Tests:


  • 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

One year of adult nursing experience is preferred, but not required.

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:
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
  • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program.

Admissions interview may be required


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.

Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience:
One year of adult nursing experience is preferred, but not required.

International Students:
Requirements can be found here

Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Drexel Online MSN in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner tuition page

Application Link (if outside organization):

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.

Graduate students who utilize student loans (FAFSA) must maintain a minimum enrollment of 4.5 credits per term.

For Full List of courses, please visit Drexel Online.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Drexel University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202.887.6791.

These programs and the Post Graduate APRN certificates are also approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.