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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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Patrick Kilduff, DO, MPT ‘98, a board-certified family doctor at InterMountain Medical Group in Shavertown, Pennsylvania, was named Best Family Doctor in the Back Mountain by Dallas Post newspaper.

Tobey Schilling, RN, MCAT ’90, has joined Penn Foundation, a behavioral health services center in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, as a psychiatric mental health certified registered nurse practitioner.

Sandy Sheller, MCAT ’04, CFT ’05, clinical director of independent projects for the Salvation Army of the Greater Philadelphia Area, was selected to serve on Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney's Transition Team.

Theresa Sims, RN, BSN ‘11, a cardiothoracic registered nurse and a volunteer with the American Diabetes Association, was a guest on the internet talk radio program, Saturday Morning with Joy Keys, to discuss diabetes awareness.


By Angela Frederick Amar, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the assistant dean for BSN Education and associate professor at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.

As one of the fastest growing religions in the United States, there are approximately 6 - 7.5 million Muslims living in America. Islam, the religion, is a comprehensive way of life, meaning that Muslims, those who practice Islam, reflect these beliefs in their daily lives. While variations of beliefs and practices related to geographical origin and tribal affiliations do exist, some beliefs are consistent throughout the Muslim world. 

Several beliefs are critical in understanding non-stranger sexual assault (NSA) experiences. Perhaps the most critical factor to explain is that dating does not exist for Muslims. Practicing Muslims do not have romantic relationships before marriage. Further, it is not permissible for unrelated men and women to be alone together, so little mixing of young men and women occurs. Even with engaged couples who do spend time together, there must always be a third person present, usually a family member. These gender restrictions preclude men and women from being alone in private.

Another relevant belief is that of modesty or hejab. Modesty prohibits revealing private parts of the body or even discussing them with the opposite gender. Both men and women are to dress modestly. For women, this means covering the hair and body with loose clothing and for men, covering at least between the navel and knees. Men are instructed in the Qur'an to lower their gaze so as not to stare at a women's body. It is acknowledged that man is weak so temptation much be avoided. The "veil" covers the woman with respectability and communicates that women are not to be seen as sexual objects. 

Chastity before marriage is stressed and extramarital sex is not permitted. Muslims are encouraged to consider sex with respect and restrict it to the confines of marriage. Thus, premarital sex is not permitted and young people are actively protected from opportunity. 

For health care providers in general, recognizing and respecting different value and belief systems are essential components of successful intervention. On an individual level, self-awareness and in-depth examination of one's own beliefs is an important first step in developing cultural sensitivity. Specifically, it is imperative to be attuned to individual cultural beliefs related to sexual assault. This awareness includes reflecting on how, knowingly and unconsciously, beliefs are communicated within practice and the effect it has on others. To interact in a caring way that builds a trusting rapport, respect for patients must be openly communicated regarding their spiritual beliefs. Listening and offering support are essential to building patient trust. Gathering information about the victim's family, friends, and faith allows the health care provider to determine the level of psychological and spiritual trauma and how much her life is affected. 

By listening with interest and remaining nonjudgmental, the health care provider can avoid offending the patient. Establishing an open dialogue between health care provider and victim breaks the silence and helps shift the emphasis from society to the victim. By demonstrating understanding of the factors that make disclosure difficult, the health care provider helps the client to develop trust. As the woman talks about her experience, the provider can help her to realize that the act committed against her is indeed a crime. The provider uses knowledge of the positive values of Islam to help the client reframe her experience. As the Muslim woman gives voice to her own thoughts, she receives validation from the health care provider which creates a sense of empowerment. In these situations, practicing self-awareness of beliefs and biases enables health care providers to demonstrate respect for differing world-views. Patients are helped by establishing dialogue and open communication as well as promoting trust. Helping an individual deal with disenfranchisement involves assessing the degree of alienation and identifying alternative opportunities for support and resources.

While many NSA victims may carry blame and stigma for their victimization, in this case the stigmatization may be sanctioned by the important social institutions of the victim's cultural and religious group. Further, the formal structures one usually turns to in crisis are often not available for this crisis. Because the family is such an important social structure for Muslims, a young woman's honor is a reflection of her family and its loss can bring disgrace for many generations. Thus, a young woman can be very hesitant to disclose to her family.

Faith or spiritual beliefs are coping strategies that many find effective for managing life's stressors. The health care provider can initiate a discussion of the young woman's faith and encourage her to think of faith practices that are comforting to her. Consultation with Muslim clergy, an Imam or Sheikh, or a respected member of the faith community can be helpful in mapping out potential resources. Health care providers reinforce that the individual has experienced a traumatic event and explore alternative options for social support. Assisting the individual in exploring community resources can be helpful. Islamic faith supports caring and insists that its adherents are compassionate to others. Also, if the family and usual support systems are not involved, the provider plans for longer term follow-up and support.

Ongoing education on religious influences of gender-based violence can be helpful. By working through the cultural issues, health care providers are able to provide sensitive, appropriate, and effective care to diverse individuals, including those navigating the chaotic aftermath of sexual assault.

Amar will be addressing the complexity of issues related to sexual assault and partner violence currently affecting colleges and universities in her presentation at the upcoming Forensic Trends in Health care Conference being held on April 15-17, 2016.



New employment projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show the impact of the national movement to improve health and care delivery. Over the next 10 years, health care occupations will be the leading source of job creation in the United States. The health care sector and social services sector will account for nearly 40% of the net increase in employment through 2024, adding 3.8 million jobs. Wow!

The 10-year forecast also highlights important increases in specific health professions.

  • The nurse practitioner occupation is expected to grow at an extraordinary rate of 35% -- that is five times that of the overall rate of growth in employment in the nation’s economy. 45,000 jobs will be added. As home and office delivery of services becomes increasingly important in health care, much of this gain will be in the ambulatory care sector.
  • The demand for new RNs is also high, with a projected 16% rise in employment adding about 440,000 new positions and accounting for about half of all health diagnosing and treatment job gains.
  • Physician Assistants are expected to see employment rise by 31%, adding about 28,000 jobs over the decade.
  • Physical Therapy employment is projected to grow by 72,000 jobs over the decade, representing a 34% rate of growth.

As we start a new year full of new resolutions, I encourage everyone to reflect on their career aspirations. You are a part of a phenomenal industry with more opportunity than most. I commend you all for choosing professions in the health care sector, and I look forward to seeing the innovations and improvements in health care this increase in labor force will allow.

Begin your winter term knowing you made a good decision that will afford you a sound future.

Gloria F. Donnelly, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCPP

Dean and Professor
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