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  • Post-Master’s Certificate in Geriatrics

    The Post-Master’s Certificate in Geriatrics is designed for Physician Assistants (PAs) looking to enhance the knowledge and skills needed in clinical geriatrics to build competencies in patient-centered, evidence-based clinical practice and improve access to high-quality geriatric care.

    Upon completion of the Certificate, you will:

    • Apply an evidence-based, clinically oriented knowledge base in geriatric medicine
    • Use working knowledge in pharmacotherapeutics based in geriatric physiology and the current published evidence-base for application to geriatric patient care
    • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of current evidence-based recommendations and clinical practice guidelines for the care of common geriatric disorders
    • Apply clinical evaluation and management skills for care of geriatric patients in outpatient and inpatient settings
    • Improve access to high-quality geriatric medical care

    Program Features

    • Classes are taught by experienced and board-certified faculty from Drexel’s acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions
    • The three didactic courses are offered online, and the clinical practicum in geriatrics is a supervised clinical practice experience
    • If you would like more than one term of supervised clinical practice, the clinical practicum course may be taken (optionally) for an additional one or two terms

    Why is this program important?

    The geriatric population is growing exponentially in the US, with elderly persons constituting 14% of the population in 2013 and projected to be 25% of the population or greater than 70 million by 2030.

    From census.gov

    Currently, there is a shortage in the number of clinicians specifically trained to care for geriatric patients. According to the 2013 Annual Survey Report of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), less than 1% of all Physician Assistants currently work in geriatrics yet the knowledge needed to deliver high-quality care in geriatrics is a priority.

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    The 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).

    Required Courses  
    PA 810 Clinical Applications of Geriatric Physiology  5.0
    PA 811 Geriatrics I 5.0
    PA 812 Geriatrics II 5.0
    PA 819 Geriatrics Clinical Practicum 5.0
    Total Credits 20.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Master’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Graduate of an ARC-PA accredited PA Program
    • Current NCCPA certificate
    • Active, unrestricted license for clinical practice as a Physician Assistant
    • Minimum of one year of clinical practice as a PA

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation from relevant professional references, with at least one from a supervisor. 
    • A personal statement describing your reasons for pursuing the program and professional goals and plans
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2020-2021 is $1026 per credit. (A 10% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1140 per credit)

    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2019-2020 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2019

    September 23, 2019

    December 7, 2019

    December 9, 2019

    December 14, 2019

    Winter 2020

    January 6, 2020

    March 16, 2020

    March 17, 2020

    March 21, 2020

    Spring 2020

    April 6, 2020

    June 8, 2020

    June 9, 2020

    June 13, 2020

    Summer 2020

    June 22, 2020

    August 30, 2020

    September 2, 2020

    September 5, 2020

    2020-2021 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2020

    September 21, 2020

    December 5, 2020

    December 7, 2020

    December 12, 2020

    Winter 2021

    January 4, 2021

    March 13, 2021

    March 15, 2021

    March 20, 2021

    Spring 2021

    March 29, 2021

    June 5, 2021

    June 7, 2021

    June 12, 2021

    Summer 2021

    June 21, 2021

    August 28, 2021

    August 30, 2021

    September 4, 2021

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