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

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
Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code:
29-1141
Gainful Employment Disclosure

 

About the Program

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that has significant health implications across the lifespan for affected people and for family members.

This certificate program focuses specifically on the integrated care of the complex health problems of people affected by autism spectrum disorder, as well as the collaborations among patients, families, and healthcare providers. The program prepares students to pursue a highly innovative role in an area of practice in which the value of nursing care needs to be developed. Graduates of the certificate program will reshape how care is provided to people with ASD in multiple settings across the lifespan.

This post-baccalaureate certificate is designed for nurses already working in fields such as pediatrics, family practice, mental health, and school nursing. Students in master's programs may pursue this certificate as a graduate minor to achieve a specialization in autism spectrum disorder nursing care. Students in the master's programs may also take courses to fulfill elective requirements.

Goals and Objectives 

  • To provide nurses with information on the nursing care across the lifespan of people with autism spectrum disorders.
  • To examine the prevalence, etiology, and clinical characteristics of autism spectrum disorder in the context of the family and team approach to care.
  • To integrate scientific and evidence based knowledge of autism spectrum disorder with the clinical skills of the registered nurse working with this population across the lifespan.
  • To integrate scientific and evidence based knowledge of autism spectrum disorder with the clinical skills of the registered nurse who specialized in the adult population.
  • To formulate a practice philosophy and long term professional agenda in ASD care to include practice, education, and research. 

Curriculum

Required course work for the Certificate in Integrated Nursing Care of Autism Spectrum Disorder is dependent upon the desired focus of study.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree from a fully accredited program.
  • 2.75 GPA or above on all previous coursework.
  • Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions required.
  • A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable).
  • Personal statement (no more than two pages and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the followings:
    • 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
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
  • One professional letter of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study.
    • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.

TOEFL Requirement

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 the listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
  • If you take the TOEFL, you must have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Program Requirements

Select one Spectrum Disorder Focus
Across the Lifespan12.0
ASD I: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASD II: Health and Behavioral Care Planning and Intervention for Children and Adolescents
ASD III: Health and Behavioral Care Planning and Intervention for Adults with ASD
ASD IV: Nursing Leadership and Advocacy for ASD
Pediatric Focus9.0
ASD I: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASD II: Health and Behavioral Care Planning and Intervention for Children and Adolescents
ASD IV: Nursing Leadership and Advocacy for ASD
Adult Focus9.0
ASD I: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASD III: Health and Behavioral Care Planning and Intervention for Adults with ASD
ASD IV: Nursing Leadership and Advocacy for ASD

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plan of study for Across the Lifespan Focus

First Year (Part-Time)
Term 1Credits
NURS 540ASD I: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 2
NURS 541ASD II: Health and Behavioral Care Planning and Intervention for Children and Adolescents3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 3
NURS 542ASD III: Health and Behavioral Care Planning and Intervention for Adults with ASD3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 4
NURS 543ASD IV: Nursing Leadership and Advocacy for ASD3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 12.0

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Mr. Redian Furxhiu
Senior Academic Advisor
rf53@drexel.edu
267.359.5691

Additional information is also available on the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions Integrated Nursing Care of Autism Spectrum Disorder web page and on the Drexel University Online Integrated Nursing Care of Autism Spectrum Disorder web page.

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