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.
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
Drexel University has expanded its current State Board Approved Nurse Practitioner tracks to include an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (A-GPC) 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 A-GPC 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. Mandatory on-campus visits are essential to students transitioning into the NP role. The NP programs provide two on-campus clinical orientations to prepare students for clinical practice rotation. Following clinical orientation, these mandatory on-campus visits occur during the following times:
- 2nd Year, Summer Term – students come to campus during the first clinical course for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).
- 3rd Year, Spring Term – students come to campus during the fourth clinical course for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).
What makes the A-GPC 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 Department of Advanced Practice Nursing at Drexel University provide students the flexibility of finding and coordinating their own clinical site and preceptor. The Department of Advanced Practice 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.
June 1, 2020
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.
- 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.
Personal Statement/ Essay:
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 (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 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.
Requirements can be found here
Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Drexel Online MSN in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner tuition page
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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.