MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Major: Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 52.0 quarter credits; 640 clinical hours
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1141

About the Program

One of the major healthcare challenges of the 21st century will include the delivery of quality, comprehensive, cost effective care for a rapidly increasing number of older adults. With the elderly population in the U.S. expected to double—if not triple—by 2030, it is imperative that there is an educated workforce of health professionals able to deliver high-quality and appropriate care to the adult and older-adult population. In response to this need, Drexel University has developed an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPC) program. The AGPC cares for individuals (aged 13 years and above) across the lifespan to promote maximal health, reduce risks, and manage acute, chronic, and complex health conditions. The AGPC is specifically trained to focus on health and wellness, disease prevention, and quality of life in the aging population. The purpose of our AGPC program is to educate and prepare competent and compassionate AGPC graduates to provide comprehensive, quality, and cost effective care founded in evidence-based practice to adults across the lifespan on the continuum of health and illnesses.

All graduates will be eligible to sit for the certification exam as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and/or American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

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.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Graduate Nursing Division

Additional information is also available on Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) webpage and the Drexel University Online MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) 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 641Advanced Pharmacology for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners3.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
Clinical Courses
NURS 660Adult-Gero Primary Care I: Introduction to Adult-Gero Primary Care and Care of the Young-Adult5.0
NURS 661Adult-Gerontology Primary Care II: Management and Care of Adult Patients in Primary Care5.0
NURS 662Adult-Gerontology Primary Care III: Management of the Older-Adult Patient in Primary Care5.0
NURS 663Adult-Gerontology Primary Care IV: Gerontology Management and Care5.0
Total Credits52.0

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

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.

First Year
NURS 5003.0RSCH 5033.0RSCH 5043.0NURS 5493.0
NURS 5023.0NURS 5443.0NURS 5483.0 
 6 6 6 3
Second Year
Elective3.0NURS 6413.0NURS 5504.0NURS 6605.0
  NURS 6641.0 
 3 3 5 5
Third Year
NURS 6615.0NURS 6625.0NURS 6635.0 
 5 5 5 
Total Credits 52
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