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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.

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Jean MacFadyen, PhD, an assistant clinical professor in the Advanced Role MSN Department, traveled to Cambodia during the September term break, screening over 160 people for hypertension and diabetes. She worked in villages, located east and north of Phnom Pehn, identified by the supporting NGO organization with which MacFadyen’s trip was affiliated. Based on the information obtained in the screenings, a decision will be made as to how to best intervene and treat and minimize continued incidence of the diseases. 

Dr. MacFayden“Excellent opportunities exist here for graduate and undergraduate nursing students and faculty to gain experience in health care in the developing world,” said MacFadyen, who in addition to screening patients also conducted an assessment of the bioengineering needs of a hospital in Phnom Pehn. “The opportunity here for nursing is to have an interdisciplinary, global experience with the bioengineering department,” she ended. Any faculty member or student interested in learning more about these opportunities in Cambodia should contact JeanMacFadyen for more information:


On September 25, Paul Nolan, MCAT- Music, HU ’82, who recently retired as the Director of the College’s Music Therapy Program but who has stayed on in an important adjunct faculty role, was featured on NPR in a segment about music therapy for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s and depression. Click here for the Newsworks edition.

Nursing students and faculty from the College of Nursing and Health Professions can be seen in this 6 ABC News clip from October 1 performing flu vaccines on seniors at a health fair at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

Be Well Philly featured Patty Gerrity, PhD, in an article on October 6. The Philadelphia Magazine health division runs an annual Health Hero Challenge competition for which Dr. Gerrity has been named a semi-finalist. Voting took place October 28-November 3 on the Be Well Philly Facebook page.

In an October 6 article on CBS Philly’s website, online nursing student Elizabeth Giordano was interviewed about her education and nursing career. published an article on October 10 about the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ use of virtual patient software. BSN student Meredith Shatoff and Leland “Rocky” Rockstraw, PhD ’06, were both quoted in the article.

On October 17, U.S. News and World Report published an article, “Study Abroad as an Online Student,” in which Drexel Nursing alumnus Kevin Hannon ’13, was featured. Hannon took an online community health course taught by faculty at the College of Nursing and Health Professions that culminated in a trip to Paraguay.

Dr. Gioia Chilton ‘14, the first graduate of the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ PhD in Creative Arts Therapies Program, was interviewed for the Positive Art Therapy blog.


Patti Zuzelo, PhD, a clinical professor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Department, was invited by the National League of Nursing to participate in a strategic action group to explore inclusivity and its relevance to nursing education, leadership development as it relates to cultural due diligence, and creating inclusive academic environments that foster the retention and graduation of culturally diverse students. The meeting will take place November 3 and 4 in Washington, D.C. Zuzelo has also been elected to the Executive Committee of the newly established Nursing Section of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA). In the upcoming year, she will serve as Recorder.

Elizabeth Tomaszewski, MSN '09, an assistant clinical professor and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program Track Director, was named to Nurse Practitioner Schools’ list of the 15 Top Adult Gerontology Professors. Valerie Cotter and Elizabeth Teixeira, both graduates of the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ DNP Program, were also named to this list.

Ruth Devereaux, MSN '08, a faculty member in the Complementary and Integrative Therapies Program, just passed her board certification as an Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse. Devereaux is the first College of Nursing and Health Professions faculty member to achieve the APHN-BC credential.

Barbara Amendolia, DrNP '11, an assistant clinical professor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Department, was featured as one of the “10 Top Neonatal Nursing Professors” on the Nurse Practitioner Schools blog.

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