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
Co-op Option: None

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 adults and older adult acute, critical, and complex chronic healthcare 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 specialty services and intensive care settings. Graduates are eligible to sit for the AACN and/or 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. OCI visits occur 2-4 times during the clinical portion of the program and range from 2-3 days. Mandatory, on-campus visits are essential to students transitioning into the NP role.

During the OCIs, students engage in simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in the College of Nursing and Health Professions' state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary patient simulation lab. These visits provide direct guidance and mentoring from faculty, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with peers.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Graduate Nursing Division

CNHPGraduateDivision@drexel.edu

Additional information is also available on Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program webpage and on the Drexel University Online MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program webpage.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting 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 Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
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

Writing-Intensive Course Requirement

A [WI], Writing Intensive, next to a graduate course in this catalog indicates that the graduate course is a writing intensive course. The graduate course is a required course in your curriculum.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
NURS 5003.0NURS 5443.0NURS 5483.0NURS 5493.0
NURS 5023.0RSCH 5033.0RSCH 5043.0 
 6 6 6 3
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
Elective3.0NURS 5543.0NURS 5504.0NURS 5705.0
  NURS 6641.0 
 3 3 5 5
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
NURS 5715.0NURS 5725.0NURS 5735.0NURS 5805.0
 5 5 5 5
Total Credits 57

Note: Some terms are less than the 4.5-credit minimum required (considered half-time status) of graduate programs to be considered financial aid eligible. As a result, aid will not be disbursed to students these terms.

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