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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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The Nutrition Sciences Human Lactation Consultant Program positions Drexel University on the cutting edge of a new, yet steadily increasing, demand in healthcare. The need for well-prepared lactation professionals is growing under a national spotlight, and by completing a series of three, Drexel Students have the opportunity to become Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs). 

With a strong global emphasis on increasing breastfeeding to promote health at the population level, prevent acute and chronic illness and decrease society health care costs, university-level programmatic offerings to address this need are few and far between. According to the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, there are only four university-based lactation consultant programs in the nation.

“In my experience, most women transitioning to mother hood want to make sure that they are doing everything they can to do what’s best for their baby,” says Joan Rosen Bloch, PhD, tenured associate professor in the Department of Doctor of Nursing Practice. Bloch discovered that many undergraduate nursing students do not get exposure to breastfeeding mothers in their clinical rotations, so they lacked the learning experiences necessary to support a breastfeeding mother. “It’s up to us to make sure we educate the workforce as much as we can to make sure these mothers can be successful in all their mothering tasks. The first and most important one is feeding your baby.”

This rationale became the springboard for the Human Lactation Consultant Program, which provides a foundation in the physiology of lactation, public policy of breastfeeding and common issues encountered for the breastfeeding mom and baby. “Every nurse should know the basics of breastfeeding, however, sometimes there are challenges. That’s where the lactation consultant comes in,” says Bloch.

This year, Drexel saw its first students complete all three courses in the Lactation Consultant Program – a proud milestone marking the beginning of a workforce well-equipped to empower new mothers.


Photo Caption: Lauren Boehm, co-op nursing student, displaying the Google Glass nursing students at Drexel can use to train. - See more at:

By: Frank Otto - DrexelNOW

As the College of Nursing and Health Professions students walked into the room, they found a patient lying unresponsive on the floor.

Quickly performing an assessment, they initiated a “Rapid Response” to treat the patient. Throughout this, the students used tools like Google Glass and a digital stethoscope to enhance their abilities to care for the patient.

All the while, high schoolers and their parents looked on.

So went the simulations in the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ Accepted Students Days, when prospective students visit Drexel and get their first experiences of what living and learning on campus will be like.

Last weekend and the weekend before, the prospective students who visited campus got to see Drexel students use new gadgets in their training simulations for the first time.

“The students enjoyed using the new technology and look forward to an expanded use of the various devices for future simulations,” said Carol Okupniak, assistant clinical professor of nursing, who specializes in simulations.

Drexel students using the Google Glass were recording what they were seeing, which was being projected onto a television for faculty and other observers to see and later use to debrief the students. The digital stethoscope also records, though it records the sound of the heart and lungs for playback and analysis later.

Additionally, the students had the opportunity to use a Livescribe, a digital pen with a built-in camera that pairs with a special notebook that projects onto a monitor.

On top of that, two different sets of library resources, Clinical Key and DynaMed, were available for the prospective students to use to aid them.

“Parents were impressed with the high level of technology available for student use at Drexel,” Okupniak said.

Becoming familiar with tools that will likely become more popular in the medical field in the future gives Drexel’s students an adaptability that will be valuable when they graduate.

“Drexel students can use emerging technologies to help them with critical thinking skills, to analyze important data necessary to care for patients, and to help them solve complex clinical problems,” Okupniak said. 

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Nursing Students Display High Tech Options for Training 


This year, the City of Philadelphia hosted the 4th Annual Veterans Fair, which provides job opportunities, health resources, scholarships, and more.  The fair, which took place on May 13, featured many Philadelphia area business, schools, and universities, as well as live entertainment. 

Drexel and VeteransThe College of Nursing and Health Professions has been involved since the fair’s inception in 2011, offering free health screenings to veterans and other visitors.  The booth was organized by Rocky Rockstraw, PhD, assistant Dean for Simulation, Clinical & Technology Academic Operations.  Faculty, staff, and students performed eye exams and blood pressure, blood glucose, and body mass index screenings. Volunteers provided general health tips and advised visitors to schedule appointments with their primary care physicians if any problems presented in their results.

The booth saw over 125 visitors, the largest crowd to date, according to one volunteer. The most popular spot by far was the blood pressure screening table.   Volunteer Jackelyn Huanira said “Overall, the health screenings were a success and a great way to give back to the veterans!” 

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