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Graduate Nursing

The College of Nursing and Health Professions Graduate Nursing Department offers various graduate level nursing degree programs and graduate nursing certificate programs to help students advance their careers in nursing and health professions.

As a part of the Graduate Nursing Department, you will join a community of clinicians, researchers, faculty, and students in your journey toward advanced nursing practice. 

Students can choose from exciting career paths and take courses that span the gamut of nursing education. Whether you want to focus on clinical practice, research, nursing leadership, becoming an entrepreneur, or are interested in a wide variety of nursing education roles, the Drexel Graduate Nursing Department has a program pathway for you.

We invite you to explore the degree programs offered through this department that will help you begin your career in nursing. Please explore our web pages for a wealth of information about our programs, students, faculty, research and clinical practice.

Certificate Programs

Post Baccalaureate Certificates

Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Degree Pathways

Advanced Role MSN Tracks

Nurse Practitioner MSN Programs

Nurse Anesthesia Programs

Doctorate Programs

PhD in Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Fast Track Option

RN-MSN Bridge Program
Drexel University's Online RN-MSN "bridge" program is available for nurses who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing and now wish to pursue an MSN degree.

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Want to get nutritious vegetables and get back time spent grocery shopping? The Common Market Farm Share is here to help by delivering a curated selection of fresh, local, and high-quality food right to your workplace.

Sign up for the service for as low as $27 dollars a share, and receive 10 bi-weekly deliveries of food sourced directly from small farms that practice sustainable growing methods from July through November. Each share contains six to eight varieties of fruits and vegetables and a dozen certified humane eggs. You can also choose to add fresh bread, artisan cheese, locally made yogurt and antibiotic-free poultry to your order.

2015 members had rave reviews about this service. They were pleased with the variety of items in their deliveries, which allowed them to try new things, and the great value for food of quality.

The Common Market Farm Share works with growers who use environmentally friendly growing methods, and only source from farmers and food artisans who show their commitment to sustainability in their responsible land stewardship and fair business practice. 

Did you know that farm share members who used The Common Market’s insulated tote bags to pick up their farm share prevented approximately 19,572 boxes from entering landfills this past year? How about that your farm share produce will only travel an average of 88 miles to reach The Common Market warehouse in Philadelphia before your farm share delivery? Compare that to the 1,500 miles that the average American meal travels from farm to plate! By registering for The Common Market Farm Share you are helping to reduce waste, preserve local farmland and promote sustainable agricultural practices.

Visit to register by June 6! For questions about the service, or more information contact Erin Johnson, MPH, assistant clinical professor of nursing, at 

By Jacob Cushing ‘19 



Kathryn Conallen (RN, ‘78; BSN, ‘89), senior vice president and CEO of Mercy Health System Acute Operations in Philadelphia, was highlighted in the Philadelphia Business Journal’s list of "Women Hospital and Health System Executives: Why Philadelphia Is Ahead of the Curve" about the women who serve as top executives at one-third of the area’s hospitals and health systems. 
Klaudia Cwiekala-Lewis (MSN, ‘14), president and CEO of Translate Nursing in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was appointed by the American Red Cross as the volunteer regional nurse leader for the Central Pennsylvania Region, which covers 22 counties in Central Pennsylvania from the New York to Maryland borders. 
Gabrielle M. Gorzelnik (MHS, ‘05), a licensed certified physician assistant, was hired by SkinSmart Dermatology in Sarasota, Florida. 


Parini Gandhi, a senior in the five-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing Co-op program, was selected as the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ 2016 Co-op Award Winner. One student from each college is selected annually based on employer nominations, and Gandhi received an outstanding three nominations from her employers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in recognition of her amazing work on the Apheresis Unit.

“I have worked with several co-op students here in Apheresis in the past four years, and though they have all been outstanding, Parini has been exemplary in her service to our unit,” said Kathy Mullin, RN, one of Gandhi’s nominators. “Her knowledge, dedication and dependability were exceptional as she worked in tandem with our nurses to provide quality care to our patients.”

“Parini has an infectious spirit,” said Michele Smith, another one of Gandhi’s nominators. “She was happy and positive and that was displayed on a daily basis. She made the staff and patients laugh.”

“It’s awesome,” said Gandhi when asked about how it feels to be so highly regarded by the staff at CHOP. “It’s really great that they thought to nominate me and they thought that I did such a good job, but to me I just showed up for work. I just wanted to put in my best effort.”

Gandhi has worked at CHOP for all three of her Co-op cycles, demonstrating a strong desire to learn and make a difference as a nurse. She cited the summer after freshman year as the defining moment she realized what she really wanted to do. “I worked at a doctor’s office and got a feel for the differences between doctors and nurses, and I liked the nurses’ role better,” said Gandhi. “I didn’t want to just go in and see my patient for 20 minutes, prescribe medications and look at lab values. I wanted to be there for them the whole day.” 

After this realization, it didn’t take long for Gandhi to jump in and help others in need. At CHOP she provided excellent support for not only the Apheresis Unit, but also the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Renal and Adolescent Unit.

Gandhi always brought her compassionate and caring attitude with her to work and was still able to learn skills at CHOP beyond what she could acquire in the classroom. “No amount of school is going to teach you to talk to a crying kid that’s scared when their parents aren’t at the bedside,” said Gandhi. “Yes, you learn a lot more clinical knowledge in classes, but you really learn how to apply it all and do it in a graceful way and help your patients as opposed to just kind of throwing information at them.”

Gandhi has many options to pursue a successful career in nursing upon graduation this summer, thanks in part to her award-winning work as a Drexel Co-op. “My family is from Virginia, right outside of Washington, D.C., and going home is an option for me,” said Gandhi. “I went to a career fair near my hometown and when they saw CHOP on my resume, they were so excited.”

Pairing her experience gained as a Co-op student and her dedication to the field of nursing, it is clear to see that Gandhi’s future in the profession is a bright one, she eventually hopes to pursue her DNP.    Based on the testimony of her colleagues, Gandhi is without a doubt bound to become a considerate, caring, and committed nurse.

By Jacob Cushing ‘19  

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