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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

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.

Graduate Nursing Faculty

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Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, associate professor of Nursing, Doctoral Nursing, and Nutrition Science, and Paulina Sockow, DrPH, associate professor, Department of Health Systems and Science Research, participated in a panel discussion for the Farnese Symposium, “Aging in Place: What is the Future?”
Karen Diaz, Sarah Pelletier, Jennifer Romania, and Rachael Rock participated in the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants Conference Challenge Bowl and earned 3rd place. 
Susan Aldridge, PhD, senior vice president of Drexel University and president of Drexel University Online, wrote an article called “Putting Technology to Work for Transfer Students,” which is featured on The EvoLLLution.  
Bronwen Gale (Art Therapy & Counseling, ’16) was recently selected as the recipient of the Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association’s Master’s Thesis Research Award for her thesis, “Artistic Inquiry with Loved Ones of Those Exhibiting Hoarding Behaviors.” Gale was recognized for her research during the DVATA’s 2016 Conference on October 1 at the Franklin Institute.  A number of Art Therapy & Counseling faculty and alumni also presented at the conference, including Girija Kaimal, EdD, assistant professor; Donna Kaiser, PhD, former director of Art Therapy & Counseling; Denise Wolf, adjunct professor; Yasmine Awais, assistant clinical professor, and alumni Jessica Drass ‘12, Michelle Dean ‘96, Bethany Stiltner ‘10, Caroline Peterson ‘00, and Laura York ‘10. 
Sherry Goodill, PhD,  HU '80, chair of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies, delivered the Marion Chace Foundation keynote address, “Movement, Metaphor, and Money,” at the 51st Annual American Dance Therapy Association Conference.
Ellen Schelly Hill, Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling program director, received the President’s Award, which recognizes American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) Board of Directors members for their service and contributions to ADTA and the dance/movement therapy field. 
Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling faculty member Dawn Morningstar (Eastern Region Member-At-Large) and adjunct faculty Anne Margrethe Melsom (Chair, Committee on Approval) were installed on the American Dance Therapy Association Board of Directors. 


Meg Abbott (MA, Art Therapy and Counseling ‘15) is scheduled teach a two-part series on art therapy for children on the autism spectrum in Athens, Georgia. 
Susan Cooke, MSN, RN, NEA-BC (MSN ‘13) joined Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice as director of hospice for the Marlton, NJ-based not-for-profit organization. 
Nicole Davella, RN, BSN (BSN ‘15), a registered nurse at Penn Medicine, will be featured in the upcoming publication of Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. 
Ileana M. Johnson, RN (BSN ‘14), a charge nurse at Correct Care Solutions in Philadelphia, will be featured in the upcoming publication of Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. 
Julie R. Marinucci (MA, Dance/Movement Therapy ‘15) joined the Institute of Dance Artistry's new Plymouth Meeting studio as member of the dance faculty. 
Gina Ann Riese, APN (BSN ‘11), an advanced practice nurse at Rutgers University, will be featured in the upcoming publication of Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. 
Christine Valiga's (BSN ’09, MSN ‘12) wedding at the Philadelphia Union League was featured in a photo spread in Delaware/Main Line Bride magazine. 
Yvonne D. Lamme (AS, Respiratory Therapy ‘77) joined Citrus Memorial Hospital as director of cardiopulmonary services in Inverness, Florida. 
Stacey W. Betts, Esq. (BS, Nutrition & Food ‘85) has opened Stacey W. Betts Law Office in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. She specializes in family law, special education law, and estate planning and administration.  


College students today are given access to an unprecedented number of choices when choosing a potential career path. Both online and brick and mortar institutions offer a plethora of resources in an effort to help them make informed decisions about future goals and aspirations. In spite of this, many students struggle to narrow down what they would like to pursue after receiving a degree. One program at Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions is helping prospective graduates through an innovative approach.
The Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program (MULFP) instills in students from a variety of majors a greater understanding of how to be an effective leader in today's competitive health industry. Each student is paired with a mentor to help guide them through this nine month process. After a change in majors, one student hopes to make the most of his MULFP experience.
Ervin-John Bautista found himself at Drexel after stops at both Temple University and Western Connecticut State College. After considering a future in the restaurant and hospitality industry, E.J. began to realize where his true passion lies.
"I knew I wanted to be a nurse when I began finding my strength in faith. I realized that I wanted to help people and make a difference in their lives through health care."
E.J. recalls how he came to be a part of MULFP. "One of my professors recommended me for the program. I had never been recommended for anything like that in the past, so I really took it to heart, and it has been beyond expectations," E.J. said. "It's still early in the program but so far it has been great interacting with other students and learning from my mentor."
While taking part in MULFP, mentors and mentees are tasked with a number of different projects. "One of our projects is to come up with a list of strengths and weaknesses. Then we are to come up with a plan for how to improve our weaknesses and emphasize our strengths."
E.J. recently finished his only co-op at the Hospital of Philadelphia where he worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant, but continues to work two shifts each week part time. He has enjoyed his experience while on co-op and as a part of MULFP.
"My immediate goal is to finish school. I can really see the light at the end of the tunnel. As for my plans after graduation, I am open to all possibilities. I really liked my co-op experience, but I've learned to be flexible. The best experiences come when you don't constrain yourself to one thing in particular."
To learn more about MULFP, visit our site or contact Roberta Waite, EdD.   
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