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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.

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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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The Drexel chapter of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) took to New York City to attend the organization’s Summer Leadership Conference on July 21.

According to NSNA’s website, the Conference is held each year so that attendees can gain a better understanding of NSNA’s mission and programs; they can take back ideas to their organizations to create stronger school and state chapters; and to problem solve and share ideas.
Delancy McManus ‘16, president of Drexel NSNA, said, “We all had a wonderful time and enjoyed learning about all the benefits of being involved in nursing organizations!”

McManus, her classmates and fellow NSNA members each reflected on the invaluable experience. Highlights include:

Bridget Bonilla ‘16, said, “The conference was an eye-opener into how NSNA can contribute to my nursing career. The networking opportunities and professional relationships supply a great foundation to career building skills and endless opportunities. I am grateful to have gone on this trip with the Drexel NSNA group.”

Gia Severoni ’19, said, “It was great hearing NSNA staff speak about their experiences and how many different paths one can take in the nursing/ health care field. It is opportunities such as this one that set Drexel apart from other Nursing programs which was a large influence on my decision to attend here. My favorite part was speaking with an RN & Nurse Educator who gave us a tour of the NICU at Mt. Sinai Hospital!”

“Attending the NSNA Conference at Mount Sinai Hospital afforded me the opportunity to advance my leadership skills. I listened to speeches about how to become a leader and step-up in my community. In addition, I was able to tour Mount Sinai Hospital and make connections with nurse leaders. I also formed connections with nursing students from other schools. Many students at the conference are not yet part of NSNA. They were intrigued by Drexel's large number of attendees and showed interest in learning more about total school enrollment. I enjoyed speaking with these students and encouraging them to become members of NSNA. I felt proud to be a Drexel nursing student where opportunities are endless and students are well supported to attend NSNA events. Thank you for this opportunity,” said Michelle McKernan ‘17.

Anne Woolley ‘17, said “Having the opportunity to attend NSNA's Summer Leadership Course allowed me to better understand certain practices within NSNA including financial responsibilities and how certain committees are run. It was a long day jam packed with information and knowledge that will help me to excel in the nursing profession. As the NSNA Nominations and Election Committee Eastern Region and Chair, I was honored to be able to represent not only Drexel but also the state of Pennsylvania. I was able to introduce myself to Diane Mancino, the Executive Director of NSNA, and provide her with feedback from the day before touring Mount Sinai's NICU. Overall, I had a great experience and would recommend it for any student who is interested in becoming more involved as well as understanding the foundation principles of these organizations.”


Running Lecture Series
“Keys to Running a Successful Fall Marathon”
September 30, 2015
6-7:30 p.m.
Parkway Health & Wellness at Drexel University
Three Parkway
1601 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
To register visit: 

The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) 34th Annual Education Conference
October 1-3, 2015
Hilton, Penn’s Landing
Philadelphia, PA
For more information or to register visit:

Raising the Bar: Vital Signs for Your Course
October 6, 2015
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Contact: Linda Wilson,

Alumni Reception: Certificate in Advanced Practice in Hand & Upper Quarter Rehabilitation
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Sheraton Downtown Denver
1550 Court Place
Denver, CO 80202
Contact: Jane Fedorczyk ,

The 5th National Forum on Women’s Issues in Gastroenterology and Hepatology
October 10-11, 2015
Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia
1800 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
To register visit:

Nursing of Children Network (NCN) 12th Annual Regional Pediatric Nursing Conference
Providing Multicultural, Ethical and Family-centered Care
October 23, 2015
Chase Center, Wilmington Delaware
To register visit:

Department of Creative Arts Therapies Reception for Dance/Movement Alumni
October 24, 2015
6:15-7:15 P.M.
Hyatt Regency La Jolla
2777 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92112
call 1.888.DU.GRADS to RSVP

Transforming the Educational Landscape: Simulation, Innovation and Technology
March 14-15, 2016
Hilton Clearwater Beach
400 Mandalay Ave
Clearwater, FL 33767
To learn more, visit:

Department of Creative Arts Therapies Reception for Music Therapy Alumni
March 19, 2016
Hilton of Harrisburg
1 N. 2nd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Held in conjunction with the American Music Therapy Association Mid-Atlantic Region Conference call 1.888.DU.GRADS to RSVP
Forensic Trends in Health Care
April 16-17, 2015
Drexel University Center City Campus
Philadelphia, PA
For more information:

Save the Date 
More details to follow

Ribbon Cutting at Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services (by invitation only)
November 11, 2015
11 a.m.-1p.m.
Philadelphia, PA

Alumni Weekend 
May 6-7, 2016
Philadelphia, PA
If you are a graduate from any class ending in 1s and 6s, 2016 represents a significant reunion year for you!  All alumni are invited and encouraged to attend events throughout the weekend. 
If you are interested in helping to plan your reunion celebration, email the Office of Alumni Relations at or call 1.888.DU.GRADS.



It seems that more and more hospitals are seeing the benefits of having patient care representation as voting members of the Board of Trustees. This perspective offers key insight from both an organization and a clinical standpoint that is necessary for hospitals aiming to effectively reduce patient harm and unnecessary readmissions.  Nurses, in close collaboration with other health care professionals who are on the frontlines of direct care, are deeply woven into the day to day tasks that keep hospitals and health care systems running smoothly, and they have a holistic understanding of the patient experience. The value of this expertise is growing as the focus of the Board shifts to assume accountability for the quality and safety of the care delivered in its health care system.

Among the increasing number of nurses finding their seats at the board table are two of the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ own: Faye Meloy, PhD, Associate Dean of Pre-licensure Nursing Programs, and Al Rundio, PhD, Associate Dean of Post-Licensure Nursing Programs. Meloy and Rundio are bringing a global perspective, encompassing years of clinical, educational and administrative experience, to Virtua Health System and Inspira Health Network, respectively. Bringing their credentials as academics who have both previously served as Chief Nursing Officers, Meloy and Rundio are well-qualified leaders with a keen understanding of the delicate balance between business and patient care services. 

Both Virtua and Inspira are comprehensive health care systems. Virtua consists of three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, three acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. Inspira Health Network entails of three hospitals, four multi-specialty health centers and a total of more than 60 locations. These include outpatient imaging and rehabilitation centers; numerous specialty centers, including sleep medicine, cardiac testing and wound care; and more than two dozen primary and specialty physician practices. With services this far-reaching, patient experience and quality of care remain a priority and it truly takes a Board with well-rounded representation to deliver.

During an initial meeting with Inspira’s board chair, Rundio recalled that he “loved the connection to the academic setting, and the fact that I could bring a Philadelphia connection to rural America. He felt my insight would offer a nice outlook on the Board.” Meloy added, “We (in academia) are the voice of their supplier. We supply all of their clinicians -- nurses, administrators, physical therapists or nutritionists to name a few. There’s a wonderful give and take. We can hear what their needs are and come back and brainstorm how we can meet them. And they get input from the people who are providing the staff as well as the cutting-edge in research and evidence-based practice they need.”

So how are they contributing? Meloy said her voice is welcomed by board members, and she is working to bring to the forefront the achievements of the unsung heroes of the health systems, those who create the patient experience. “I am able to raise important questions when others are presenting to the Board that they have either not considered or need to hear the answer to.” Meloy cited a recent instance in which she highlighted an impressive patient care accomplishment, in which there were no reported occurrences of skin breakdown (bed sores). From a clinical standpoint, Meloy understands the magnitude of that statistic as well as the effort of staff that brought it to fruition. “It is almost unheard of in acute care facilities to have not only a low rate, but a no incident rate of bed sores considering the debilitated population they are frequently seeing,” she said. “I felt that it was important for the Board to know. I also wanted to make sure they understood that they put a lot of fiscal resources into equipment and training, and those resources were very important in this instance.”

Rundio, though new to the Inspira Board, said this opportunity is one of his bucket list items. As a CNO, he attended all Board meetings, and could influence with his opinions regarding nursing issues, but he was unable to vote. “My vision was that it would be great if I could serve on a hospital Board as a nurse because they all have physician representation and I think this perspective is just as critical,” said Rundio. “I want to give back to the profession. We are representing that clinical piece, which is often missing from boardroom discussion.”

With the number of patient care staff not only in hospitals, but in long-term care, home care and outpatient care, on the rise, there is a shift in hospital leadership becoming increasingly aware of the value-add that this insight and understanding can bring. According to a recent issue of Trustee Magazine, nursing groups and organizations are taking steps to fill the gap through the identification of prospective nurse trustees and the development of leadership training programs. 
In her 18 months serving the Board at Virtua, Meloy is seeing a change in the landscape of health care leadership across the country first hand. “I am proud to be part of an organization that has made a genuine commitment to the highest level of quality throughout the spectrum of services provided and that recognizes both the importance of diversity in Trustee representation and the valuable perspectives/experiences a nursing leader brings to the Board Room.” However, she is also quick to add that the position also entails a great deal of responsibility, commitment and humility.   “It’s not about breaking through the ‘glass ceiling’ but rather, another step in her professional journey of “making a difference.”

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