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Graduate Nursing Department

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Work with leaders in the nursing field to further your career and redefine excellence in advanced nursing practice. Our expert faculty are with you every step of the way as you enter the dynamic field of nursing and health professions.

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

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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.

Graduate Nursing Faculty

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News & Events



Dear Students, Alumni and Faculty:
As part of its accreditation process, The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) plans to visit the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions on February 26 to February 28, 2018.  
The Commission seeks to review all of the nursing programs including: the undergraduate nursing programs, the graduate nursing programs inclusive of the Advanced Role programs and the Nurse Practitioner programs, the Post-Master¹s Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner Certificate (PM-APRN-NP) program, the Nurse Anesthesia Program, the Post-Master¹s Nurse Anesthesia Certificate (PM-APRN-NA) program, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
In accordance with CCNE procedure, constituents (students, alumni and faculty) of these programs are invited to submit comments related to the quality of the programs under review to CCNE. Your comments are considered third party and any specific third party, signed comments concerning the accreditation process need to be received by February 5, 2018.  Please direct your comments to:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K St., NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
      - or -     
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Thank you for your consideration of participation in this process.


Research News and the Value of Mentorship

Keyanna Bynum, a nursing undergraduate co-op student, has received funding through a NIH NINR Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. This is a four-year administrative supplement to the parent R01 grant “Enhanced Ultrasound treatment of chronic wounds with monitoring of healing and quality of life outcomes.” This RO1 grant’s Co-Investigators are Peter A. Lewin, PhD from Biomedical Engineering and Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili,PhD, RN, CNSC, FASPEN, FAAN from Doctoral Nursing. The supplement will specifically support Keyanna during her co-ops where she will be conducting the long-term follow-up of study participants under the mentorship of Lewin and DiMaria-Ghalili. Lewin and DiMaria-Ghalili will serve as Keyanna’s mentors on this award, and they both look forward to continuing to work with Keyanna on their research team!

DiMaria-Ghalili served as a mentor for the Liberty Scholars program. She mentored Kenyanna through the STAR scholars program this past summer.

This news comes at a great time as College Factual ranked our nursing program second in the country and first in the state of PA. These experiences contribute to the great opportunities for our nursing undergraduate students at Drexel! Keyanna is the first nursing undergraduate co-op student to be a recipient of this funding mechanism.

This wonderful news is an excellent example of how senior faculty mentorship of undergraduate nursing students has such a positive profound effect on the future of these students. 


I want to again congratulate Joan Rosen Bloch, PhD, CRNP, Theresa Campo, DNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, FAANP and Kymberlee Montgomery, DrNP, CRNP-BC, CNE, FAANP on their induction into the American Academy of Nursing. Being inducted as a Fellow in the Academy is considered one of nursing’s highest honors and not an easy task. An individual must demonstrate sustained work in an area of nursing that has a profound effect on research, education, practice and policy nationally and internationally. It is not uncommon for an individual to be rejected once or a few times prior to being elected to fellowship. This year, there were 173 inductees and over 100 other applicants who did not meet criteria to be in the Academy. With over three million nurses in the United States—nursing is the largest healthcare provider in the country. Out of these three+ million nurses, only 2,500 are Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing. The Academy came to fruition over 40 years ago. If you do the math, approximately eight percent of those three+ million nurses are Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing.

The Academy also elects honorary fellows, who are not nurses. These individuals must have a sustained impact on nursing throughout their career in order to be elected to the fellowship. There were three honorary fellows inducted this year. It should be noted that our new dean, Laura N. Gitlin, PhD is an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Second CNHP DrNP Alumna Inducted into the American Academy of Nursing

Kymberlee Montgomery, DrNP, CRNP-BC, CNE, FAANP is the first. On October 7, 2017, Valerie Cotter, DrNP, currently an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins College of Nursing, was the second alumna to be inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Here is a description of Val’s outstanding work and accomplishments from the Johns Hopkins faculty web page:

Valerie Cotter, DrNP, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP, is an expert in dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and aging. She was recently named a Sojourns Scholar by the Cambia Health Foundation and will receive funding to develop an advance care planning education program for primary care providers. In 2005, she worked with the Alzheimer’s Association of the Delaware Valley to start the first specialized support group for people with early-stage dementia.

In addition, her work at Drexel is now in press:

Cotter, V., Gonzalez, E., Fisher, K. & Richards, K. Influence of hope, social support, and self-esteem in early stage dementia in Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice.
Al Rundio, PhD, DNP, RN, ARPN, NEA-BC, FAAN    
Clinical Professor of Nursing
Associate Dean for Nursing & CNE
Chief Academic Nursing Officer                                                                                                                                                               


Ileen Craven, RN, BSN `05, MSN `08, a clinical nurse specialist for Adult Medical Services at Vidant Medical Center, was named to the Great 100 Nurses class of 2017. The Great 100 Nurses nonprofit organization offers the annual honor as a way for peers to recognize and promote nursing excellence throughout the state of North Carolina.

Ashleigh Crozier, PA-C, MS `08, a physician assistant, joined the health care team at St. Luke’s Northern Valley Primary Care.

Petros Arzoumanidi, BS `11 and his company, Workout Anywhere, have been nominated for "Best Personal Trainer" for the 2018 "Best of Long Island." Arzoumanidis and his workout company took home this prestigious honor last year, at the 2017 "Best of Long Island" competition, thus marking his inaugural win.

Kathleen Bornhoeft, DrNP, APN-C, DrNP `16 joined the medical team at Capital Health Primary Care-Brunswick Avenue in Trenton, New Jersey.

Kylee Rohatgi, BSN `13 joined Goshen University as an assistant professor of nursing.

Dawn Silverman, BS `14 is the new director of nursing for the continuing care neighborhood at Seabrook, an Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.

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