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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.

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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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Noor Jemy (BS, Health Services Administration ’16), president of the Philadelphia Muslim Students Association Council, was quoted in an article urging Muslim students to travel in groups or call campus security for escorts if they fear harassment and attacks, in light of the recent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes. 

Victoria Scotti, PhD (PhD, Creative Arts ‘16) and Dr. Patricia Leavy wrote and illustrated a new book, Low Fat Love Stories, that combines interview data, images, and fiction to create a literary work based on scholarly research. 

John D. Sauder (BSN ‘88) was promoted to president of Mennonite Home Communities in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 
Jeffery Evans (Physician Assistant ‘00) is the host of the new show Everest Air on the Travel Channel, which will feature the work of the first dedicated search-and-rescue team on Mount Everest. 


Students participating in the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program (MULFP) through Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions are presented with a number of unique opportunities. Gabriella Jackson, a recent alumna of CNHP is still finding ways to apply what she learned from the program.
"Through the program I was able to learn about areas in nursing I would have never thought to otherwise explore," Jackson explained. "If it weren't for my experience as a Macy Fellow I don't know that I would have found what I am truly passionate about."
Jackson graduated from CNHP in 2013 receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Following her time at Drexel, Jackson went on to work in an acute medicine, infectious disease unit focused on aiding economically disadvantaged and minority populations at the University of Maryland. After nearly three years in Maryland, Jackson returned to Philadelphia in order to pursue both a Master of Science in Health Leadership Nursing and a Master of Public Health at the University of Pennsylvania. She credits much of her success to MULFP.
"Throughout the program you are exposed to so many different kinds of people and situations. I was able to learn how to evaluate my strengths and weaknesses and learn ways to improve upon them," Jackson said. "Even as an undergraduate senior, I still didn't know exactly what I wanted to do after I graduated. But one day during one of my clinical rotations, I remember hearing a really impactful presentation from a guest speaker talking about preventative health care and the importance of health and wellness in preventing chronic diseases. I knew from then on where my true passion was."
Jackson hopes to complete her master's degrees by spring 2018. Following graduation, she hopes to work within a health care organization whose focus is providing preventative care to those who may otherwise lack health education or the means to afford such care themselves.
"It's pretty common that early on during their master’s program students would want a change," Jackson explained. "But in my case, I've known since my senior year at CNHP, and through my experience at the University of Maryland, that this is what I wanted. I can already see myself working in this field."
Jackson reflected on her most valuable lessons learned from MULFP and the rest of her time at Drexel. "I think the most important lesson from the Macy Fellows program is to keep an open mind—listen to everything and really take it all in. If you are given tools to help better learn about yourself, be sure to make good use of them. Like in life, it's important to really make the most out of any opportunity you are presented with."

Kinzey Lynch '19


Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, an associate professor in Doctoral Nursing and the Nutrition Sciences is the most recent speaker at the BAYADA Home Health Care Speaker Series, a new Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), and recipient of an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Anyone would call that a successful, if not very busy, few months.
Nominated by Roberta Waite, EdD, a professor in the Doctoral Nursing department and assistant dean of Academic Integration and Evaluation of Community Programs, DiMaria-Ghalili was inducted as one of 164 Fellows of the AAN’s class of 2016 on October 22, 2016. “It was almost like graduation,” said DiMaria-Ghalili. “It was a big to-do. They bring everyone up on stage and do a little bio about you. It’s really quite an honor to be included among the other Fellows and the Academy, who are great leaders in the nursing profession.” 
Just three days after her induction, DiMaria-Ghalili kicked off the 2016-2017 BAYADA Home Health Care Speaker Series. Her topic, "Malnutrition in Older Adults Across the Care Continuum: Research, Practice, and Policy," has been the focus of her research since her doctoral work in the 1990s. “It’s always been my area of research, and I just continue to build upon it. Doing research is like building a puzzle. Each piece connects with another, so over the years all my studies link together,” she said. 
DiMaria-Ghalili will be using another facet of her work in nutrition as a part of a team led by principal investigator Peter Lewin, PhD, the Richard B. Beard Distinguished University Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems. They were recently awarded an R01 grant by the NIH to work on a project titled “Enhanced Ultrasound Treatment of Chronic Wounds with Monitoring of Healing and Chronic Life Outcomes.”  “I’m a coinvestigator, and I’ll be leading the nutrition aim of the grant,” said DiMaria-Ghalili. “It’s a five-year randomized control trial where we will use an ultrasound device to treat wounds, chronic leg ulcers, and diabetic foot ulcers. My role on the grant will be to coordinate the clinical aspects of it in addition to looking at the role of nutrition and inflammation on wound healing and how the new technology improves the quality of life for the individual.” 
Other collaborators on the project include Michael S. Weingarten, MD, a professor of surgery at the College of Medicine, Leonid Zubkov, PhD, a research professor, and Michael Neidrauer, PhD, an assistant research professor, both in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, Juan Muniz, PhD, an assistant research professor in CNHP’s department of Nutrition Sciences, and David Margolis, MD, PhD, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.  
“I’m just so pleased that we received this award. Typically the National Institute of Nursing Research doesn’t fund device trails, so this is exciting,” said DiMaria-Ghalili. “It’s a great time to be at Drexel. Because of the technology that the engineers are developing, we at CNHP can really help translate that and move it into practice. I think this is a great example of collaboration.  You can’t do research in isolation!” 
To learn more about the NIH grant, click here

Maggie McCrea

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