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Dean's Message

Dr Sue SmithAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ employment projections, the health care sector accounts for nearly 40% of the net increase in employment over the next 10 years, adding 3.8 million jobs by 2024. The national movement to improve health and care delivery is rising in tandem with these numbers. The outlook is bright, and health care occupations will be the leading source of job creation in the United States. Your decision to pursue a career among the next generation of industry leaders at Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions is a wise one.

The College has its own unique interdisciplinary practices in physical therapy, nutrition sciences and behavioral health care, including couple and family therapy and the creative arts therapies, where students learn and work with faculty in practicing clinical skills. In addition, Drexel’s partnerships with employers of health professionals through its Co-operative Education program, affords the opportunity for its undergraduate nursing and health sciences students to work in the best health care institutions, regionally and nationally, as part of their program of study. We integrate experiential learning and work for future health professionals like no other university. This approach challenges the notion of “best practice” with “real practice” and helps our students to achieve the highest learning and clinical outcomes, while gaining a competitive edge in the job market.

Imagine yourself learning in the College’s Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation, honing your clinical skills through finely crafted patient scenarios with high-fidelity manikins, medical moulage and patient actors in replicated treatment rooms. Think about working with top-notch clinicians and researchers at the College’s nationally-recognized Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center, a nurse-led community health center built on the foundation of integrated care, and at our new clinical practice and research site in the heart of the City’s arts district, Parkway Health & Wellness -- home of the Running Performance & Research Center, which was named Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly®2015 - Best Place to Fix Your Running Form. Another standout facet of Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions is our Philadelphia location. Here, you are situated within one the top national health care and pharmaceutical hubs – a rich environment for student learning at institutions like the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the number- one-ranked children’s hospital in the U.S.

Our results are proven. The College has 14 nationally accredited clinical programs. Pass rates for professional licensing and board certifications are well above the national mean, with nine programs boasting a 100% pass rate with most of our programs consistently achieving a first-time pass rates above 95%!

Drexel is different. We practice what we teach and we want to teach you to practice.

Susan Smith, PT, PhD
Interim Dean

To see CNHP Highlights and Professional Licensing and Board Certification Results, click here (downloadable PDF).