Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 34.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.3822
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1171


The Post-Master’s Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care (AGPC) Nurse Practitioner program is intended for MSN prepared professionals who would like to gain further knowledge in the primary care continuum. It is designed to prepare practitioners who will take advanced nursing roles as clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in the rapidly changing, evidence-driven healthcare environment. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and critical use of evolving technology. Graduates will be prepared to provide care for adults throughout their lifespan to promote maximal health, reduce risks and manage acute and chronic health condition.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for certification as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and American Nurses Credentialling Center (ANCC).

The program is 34.0 credits and can generally be completed in two years of part-time study. Six hundred and forty (640) clinical hours are required for completion of the program. 

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.

Program of Study

All incoming post masters students have the opportunity for previous coursework to be evaluated on an individual basis for transfer of credit.  Students should check with the MSN Program Transfer Credit Evaluator for the exact schedule. Adult -Gerontology Primary Care pharmacology is required prior to the beginning of the clinical courses.

Admission Requirements

  • A Master's degree with a major in nursing (MSN) from a regionally accredited program with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. 
  • 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. Once accepted, applicants must have a current RN license in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition, students are required to have a RN Nursing License for the state in which the clinical practicum rotations are being completed.
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended. Instead of hard copy transcripts, you may supply official electronic transcripts issued by a post-secondary institution directly to Drexel University Online through a password secured link or website (use our email address, You must supply transcripts regardless of the number of credits earned or the type of school you attended. If you do not list all post-secondary institutions on your application and these are listed on transcripts received from other institutions, processing of your application will be delayed until you have submitted the remaining transcripts. Click here to use our Transcript Look-up Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions. If you attended a Diploma School of Nursing and the school was affiliated with a college/university, the official transcript must be submitted from the college for any non-nursing courses for which you received credit.
  • Current Curriculum vitae and/or resume detailing work experience, including specific job responsibilities and departments.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation (from either a previous or immediate supervisor and/or a former nursing faculty member who can attest to the applicant's clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study). References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members. Drexel University Online now accepts electronic letters of recommendation. Click here for instructions regarding their submission. If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter of recommendation, please remind the recommender that it must be signed and submitted in a sealed envelope signed across the flap by the recommender.
  • Personal statement (800-1,600 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 this program, and how your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program.
  • Applicants seeking admission into the A-GPC Post-Graduate Certificate Program must complete 640 clinical practicum hours.  Accepted students will need to be issued a Pennsylvania RN license in addition to their current RN license if it is not from Pennsylvania
  • International applicants: Please click here to view additional requirements.
  • Once the student is accepted into the program, a GAP analysis may be completed to determine credit eligibilty for previously faculty supervised clinical hours. Note: The Gap Analysis is not mandatory for acceptance into the program. If the prospective student chooses to have a Gap Analysis completed, it is performed after confirmed admissions. 
  • A personal interview may be required (online or telephone options will be available).

Program Requirements

Students meet on campus for a mandatory On-Campus Intensive learning experiences, simulation, and evaluation. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the ANCC's Adult Gerontology Primary Care Certification Examination.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
 Term Credits7.0
Term 2
NURS 641Advanced Pharmacology for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 3
NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
 Term Credits4.0
Term 4
NURS 660Adult-Gero Primary Care I: Introduction to Adult-Gero Primary Care and Care of the Young-Adult5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 5
NURS 661Adult-Gerontology Primary Care II: Management and Care of Adult Patients in Primary Care5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 6
NURS 662Adult-Gerontology Primary Care III: Management of the Older-Adult Patient in Primary Care5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 7
NURS 663Adult-Gerontology Primary Care IV: Gerontology Management and Care5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Total Credit: 34.0
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