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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Integrated Nursing Care of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 9.0 - 12.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Maximum Time Frame: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

*** This program is not currently accepting applications from students living in Iowa, Louisiana, or Wisconsin.



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 Integrated Nursing Care of Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate prepares nurses to understand and deliver lifelong care to people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

This 9-12 credit online certificate program provides students with opportunities to specialize in either adult or pediatric ASD nursing care. Students will learn how to integrate 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 to provide appropriate, responsive, collaborative, and professional service to this unique population of patients. The program helps students to develop a practice philosophy and long-term professional agenda in ASD care to include practice, education, and research.

What you'll learn

Drexel's online certificate program has received critical acclaim for its faculty and student services. Graduates of the ASD nursing certificate program will develop an advanced skill set critical to their job performance and career advancement.

Upon completion of the certificate program, graduates are prepared to excel as part of interdisciplinary teams in a variety of settings. The core coursework addresses the following competencies:

• ASD epidemiology and screening tools;
• Trends and prevalence at local, state and national levels;
• Role of nursing in the life-long care of people with ASD;
• Various treatment approaches to ASD.

The two required courses include Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder: Prevalence, Etiology, Screening Assessment & Care and Leadership, Advocacy, & Practice in Nursing Care of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Depending upon population of interest, students may select one or both of the following courses to complete the certificate: Health and Behavioral Care Planning & Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder Pediatric Populations and /or Health and Behavioral Care Planning & Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder Adult Populations.

What makes the Drexel program unique?

  • A nationally renowned faculty with expertise in the field.
  • Convenient online format ideal for working professionals.
  • Special tuition rates available for employees of health system partners.
  • Innovative technology using a highly interactive e-learning method.
Networking opportunities to interact with elite faculty and peer groups

Note: Drexel University is not authorized to admit students from Louisiana and South Dakota to our online nursing programs

Applications for this certificate program are currently being accepted for fall 2016 admission.

Admission Requirements

Technical Standards - Nursing 

A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a regionally accredited program. GPA of 2.75 or above on all previous coursework

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
If you attended a Diploma School of Nursing and the school was affiliate with a college/university, the official transcript must be submitted from the college for any non-nursing courses for which you received credit.


Not required.

Personal Statement/ Essay:
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 certificate
  • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program

Not required.


A copy of your current, unrestricted RN license or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse.

Specific work experience not required.

International Students:
International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have:

a minimum combined score for listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Drexel Online Certificate in Integrated Nursing Care of Autism Spectrum Disorders tuition page

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MSA: This program is fully accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.