Post-Master's Certificate in Geriatrics

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 20.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.0912
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1071

About the Program

The PA Post-Master’s Certificate in Geriatrics consists of three didactic courses and one clinical practicum (20.0 quarter credit hours). The certificate program is offered part-time for working professionals and is one year in length; the program begins in the Winter Term of each year (January), and runs through the Fall term of the following year (December).

The three didactic courses are offered online, and the clinical practicum in geriatrics is a supervised clinical practice experience. 

The PA Post-Master’s Certificate in Geriatrics program is designed to:

  • enhance the knowledge and skills of Physician Assistants in clinical geriatrics
  • build competencies in patient-centered, evidence-based clinical practice
  • improve access to high-quality geriatric care

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the PA Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC) program in geriatrics must be/have:

  • Master’s degree (minimum GPA 3.0)
  • Graduate of an ARC-PA accredited PA Program
  • Current NCCPA certificate
  • Active, unrestricted license for clinical practice as a Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Minimum of one year of clinical practice as a PA
  • Transcripts from all universities, colleges, post-secondary educational institutions
  • Personal statement describing reasons for pursuing the PMC and professional goals/plans
  • Two letters of reference

Program Requirements

PA 810Clinical Applications of Geriatric Physiology5.0
PA 811Geriatrics I5.0
PA 812Geriatrics II5.0
PA 819Geriatrics Clinical Practicum5.0
Total Credits20.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
PA 819Geriatrics Clinical Practicum5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 2
PA 810Clinical Applications of Geriatric Physiology5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 3
PA 811Geriatrics I5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 4
PA 812Geriatrics II5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Total Credit: 20.0

Additional Information

Additional information is available on the Drexel University Online website or the College of Nursing and Health Professions website.

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