MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Major: Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 57.0 quarter credits; 800 clinical hours
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1171

About the Program

The online Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program is designed to prepare practitioners for professional practice in the management of medical, surgical, and critical-care adult patient populations. Concurrent theory and clinical courses provide a knowledge base for the management of adult complex acute, critical, and chronic health care conditions. Clinical practicum rotations allow students to put the principles they have learned into practice in medical, surgical, and critical care settings. 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.

The nurse practitioner faculty is committed to quality and excellence in the nurse practitioner (NP) programs. Students meet on campus for mandatory On Campus Intensive (OCI) learning experiences, simulation, and evaluation. Mandatory on-campus visits are essential to students transitioning into the NP role. These mandatory on-campus visits occur during the following times:

  • 2nd Year, Summer Term – students come to campus during the first clinical course for 2-3 days for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).

  • 3rd Year, Fall Term – students come to campus during the second clinical course for 2-3 days for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).

  • 3rd Year, Spring Term – students come to campus during the fourth clinical course for 2-3 days for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).

For more information about this program, visit Drexel's MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs web page.

Core Courses
NURS 500Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
Support Courses
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
NURS 554Pharmacology for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners3.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
Clinical Courses
NURS 570Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP I: Introduction to Adult Gerontology Acute Care Medicine5.0
NURS 571Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II: Mgnt/Care of Patients in Acute/Crit Care Med Set5.0
NURS 572Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III: Mgnt/Care of Patients in Acute Surgical Setting5.0
NURS 573Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP IV: Management of Care of Patients in Critical Care Settings5.0
NURS 580Adult Gero Acute Care NP V: Mgmt/Care of Clients in Acute, Critical Care, Med or Surg Settings5.0
Elective3.0
Total Credits57.0


MSN: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Faculty

Anthony Angelow, MSN, CRNP, BC, CEN (Thomas Jefferson University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Developing diagnostic reasoning in nurse practitioners, curriculum design and implementation, and nurse practitioner educational methods.
Katherine Kaby Anselmi, PhD, JD, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC (University of Pennsylvania) Assistant Dean of Accreditation/Regulatory Affairs & Online Innovation . Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing, law, family nurse practitioner, women's health nurse practitioner.
Paul Thomas Clements, PhD, RN, CGS, DF-IAFN (University of Pennsylvania) Coordinator, Forensic Trends in Healthcare Certificate Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Forensic, child, adolescent and family mental health nursing.
Jennifer Coates, MSN, MBA, ACNPC, ACNP-BC (The University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Critical care nurse practitioner.
William D'Andrea, MS, BS Pharm, CCP (MCP Hahnemann University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pharmacology, anatomy & physiology, advanced pharmacology.
Brenda Douglass, DNP, CRNP-BC, CDE, CTTS. Associate Clinical Professor. Endocrine, cardiology, pulmonology, sleep disorders, and chronic health conditions
Brian Fasolka, MSN, RN, CEN (DeSales University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Emergency nursing, adult health nursing, and nursing education.
Karyn Holt, PhD, CNM, NCC (Georgetown University; Touro University). Associate Clinical Professor. Women’s health issues, Intimate Partner Violence, Disaster Management and online learning.
Robert J. Mele, DPM (Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine). Assistant Teaching Professor. Physiology, pathophysiology.
Jackie Murphy, MSN, RN, CPN, CNE (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pediatric nursing.
Bobbie Posmontier, PhD, CNM, PMHNP-BC (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Professor. Labor and delivery, midwifery, postpartum care, neonatal intensive care, improving access to care for women with postpartum depression, family psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Alice Marie Poyss, PhD, MSN, CNL, APRN-BC (University of Pennsylvania) Director, Clinical Nurse Leader Track. Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing intervention/outcome studies and nursing treatment/outcome studies; program evaluation, and effects of alternate teaching styles with student learning.
Patricia A. Riccio, PhD, RN (University of California, Los Angeles). Assistant Clinical Professor. Research methods and biostatistics.
Joanne Schwartz, PhD, CRNP, CNE (Villanova University). Assistant Clinical Professor.
Joanne Serembus, EdD, RN, CCRN (Alum), CNE (Widener University). Associate Clinical Professor. Critical care nursing, adult health nursing, nursing education, curriculum development and patient safety.
Jaime Slaughter-Acey, PhD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago). Assistant Professor. The access and utilization of perinatal health services such as prenatal case management (PCM) and prenatal care; adverse perinatal health outcomes fetal growth, preterm birth, and cerebral palsy; and the interaction of social, psychosocial, behavioral, and biological determinants of racial/ethnic health disparities in perinatal health.
Kay Swartzwelder, PhD, MSN, CRNP-BC, CNE. Assistant Clinical Professor. How students learn with a focus on student/faculty engagement, generational learning, learning styles, and personality types.
Suzanne Taylor, MSN, RN. Assistant Clinical Professor. Transformational and adaptive learning to support the evolving leadership expectations, emotional intelligence and promoting a culture of collaboration across other disciplines.
Elizabeth Tomaszewski, DNP, CCRN, CRNP, ACNP-BC, ACNPC (Chatham University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Critical care; end of life care; advance practice nursing.
Janet Zimmerman, MSN, BSN (University of Colorado) Director, Clinical Trials Program. Assistant Clinical Professor. Clinical trials, nursing care of veterans.
Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANP-BC, CRNP, FAAN (Widener University). Clinical Professor. Advanced practice nursing, leadership and management, nursing education, clinical nurse specialist (adult health) and adult nurse practitioner.
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