CNHP at a Glance
The College of Nursing and Health Professions has more than a century long history of educating nurses and health professionals. Since 2002, the College has embraced the practical ingenuityof Drexel through the refinement and development of more than 25 undergraduate and graduate nursing and health professions programs characterized by the integration of learning and work through cooperative education, a culture of excellence, innovation and technology infusion, research and deep civic engagement. The College has grown to include more than 5,000 students, 200 full-time faculty and 104 staff. The College uniquely prepares clinicians to practice and lead in a rapidly changing healthcare system.
Cooperative Education: The Integration of Learning and Work - There are four undergraduate "co-op" programs that integrate three, 6-month periods of full employment throughout the curriculum: Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing, Nutrition Sciences, Health Services Administration and Health Science. Leading regional health care institutions employ the College's undergraduate students in co-op positions related to their fields of study and often offer employment after graduation.
Innovation and Technology Infusion - Every program in the College has integrated into their curricula, cutting edge technology, including the use of high fidelity manikins and simulation, to build knowledge and skills in both safe and experimental learning situations before practice in actual clinical settings. All courses are web-enhanced with learning tools and information that support knowledge mastery. The College has offered fully online undergraduate and graduate programs since 1999.
A Culture of Excellence - Courses are taught by full-time faculty with deep experience in teaching and practice. Fourteen clinical programs eligible for national accreditation have maintained full accreditation status for the past 12 years. Board Certification and Licensing Examination pass rates are well above national means; many at 100% as in the Physician Assistant and the Nurse Anesthesia programs. Further, in 2014, 311 BS in nursing graduates took the NCLEX examination with a first time pass rate of 97.42%, 10 points higher than the national pass rate.
Research - The College's researchers in nutrition and rehabilitation sciences, couple and family therapy, and nursing and creative arts therapy have garnered on average $2.9 million in external funding annually. Undergraduate and graduate students work with cutting edge researchers building knowledge in clinical disciplines with the ultimate goal of improving the quality and outcomes of care.
Civic Engagement - Since 1996, the College has operated a nationally-recognized, nurse managed health center in North Philadelphia with an interdisciplinary practice including nurse practitioners, nutritionists, physical therapists, dentists and mental health specialists. The Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center is reinventing healthcare for previously underserved communities through the integration of primary and behavioral health care and healthy living programs. The 11th Street Center is reducing health disparities through more than 32,000 visits per year through which the College's students learn to appreciate the nuances of high quality, community based care.