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The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate program is intended for MSN prepared clinicians who would like to gain further knowledge in the acute care continuum. It is designed to prepare practitioners for professional practice in the management of medical, surgical, and critical care patient populations. The program provides the knowledge and skills needed to improve and sustain the health of acutely ill patients. Emphasis is placed upon diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision making. Acute care nurse practitioners are needed in a variety of healthcare settings, including: intensive care units, consult services, hospitalist teams, palliative care services, home care, sub acute long-term care hospitals, specialty clinics and research intense settings.
The program is 39 credits and can generally be completed in 1.5 to 2 years of part-time study. 500 clinical hours are required for completion of the program. Students may be eligible for a reduction in course work and clinical hours. An individual program of study will be formulated by performing a formal Gap Analysis of previously completed course work. Students wishing to be considered for a reduction in course or clinical work are required to submit syllabi, course calendars, and transcripts of courses under consideration. Coursework completed more than seven years ago and without current clinical experience will not be accepted for the following courses: Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Physical Assessment. All students are required to successfully complete Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP specific pharmacology at Drexel.
This is a high-quality program that demands a major commitment of time
by advanced practice nursing students. Because students are being educated to
diagnose and treat patients, the post-graduate certificate program was designed to combine the
convenience of online learning with the necessary rigor to become a highly
competent, confident Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner upon
graduation. Thus, while most courses are offered online, some facets of the
program do require on-campus visits and clinical practicum rotations in certain
The College of Nursing and Health Professions' NP faculty members are committed to quality and excellence in all online Nurse Practitioner programs. In order to maintain the preeminence of these degrees, campus visits are essential to the program. The on-campus visits include:
During the residency visits, students will participate in simulated
clinical learning experiences conducted in the College of Nursing and Health
Professions' state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary patient simulation lab. These visits allow professors to offer students direct support,
guidance, and mentoring while providing students with the opportunity to
interact with faculty members and collaborate with their peers.
For questions regarding the course of study and curriculum, please contact:
*The master's programs at Drexel University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.
**NEW YORK RESIDENTS: Clinical rotations cannot be completed in the state of New York.
**MARYLAND RESIDENTS: Students taking an online course with a clinical component or practicum CANNOT complete 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 complete your clinical in Maryland, please contact your Academic Advisor or Director of Clinical Education immediately to help you find a new clinical site.