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
Total Credit Hours: 52.0 quarter credits; 640 clinical hours
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) code: 51.3822
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1171

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 Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

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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