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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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News & Events



Sheila M. Cronin, MCAT `74, published a new novel Best of All Gifts which is a continuation of her award-winning novel, The Gift Counselor.
Jennifer M. Rule, BS `00, senior manager of credential services at ECFMG, was recognized on the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Leadership Philadelphia, Class of 2018.
Jessica A. Heimall, PT, DPT, C/NDT, CBIS, DPT `13, physical therapist and brain injury specialist at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Toms River, New Jersey, was a guest on the Faces of TBI podcast with Amy Zellmer. 
Patrick C. Kilduff, DO, MPT ’98, was named best family doctor in the Dallas Post's "Best of the Back Mountain Reader’s Choice Awards" for the second year in a row. Dr. Kilduff is a physician at InterMountain Medical Group in Shavertown, Texas.
Jennifer Nolan, MSN `12, PMC `16, psychiatric nurse practitioner at Newport Academy in Connecticut, won a seat on the Thomaston Board of Education in Thomaston, Connecticut.


Undergraduate Students & Faculty on the Move

DREXEL SNA wins the 2017 SCORE! NCLEX® Championship Bowl 

Teams from various nursing programs from across the Commonwealth competed Wednesday, November 15, 2017, for the honor of being named champion of the 2017 SCORE! NCLEX® Championship Bowl! The team beat a strong Saint Francis University team as well as the previous champions Roxborough Memorial Hospital School of Nursing to earn a monetary award, along with the beautiful championship silver bowl. 

The team was comprised of the following members and was coached by Mary Yost, PhD.

CNHP nursing students named champion of the 2017 SCORE! NCLEX® Championship BowlLindsey Kobayashi
Tom Forney
Sarah Sutherland
Rebekka Rosen
Marisa Stephens
Ashley Hur

Dragons go to Ireland

A group of senior nursing students had the honor of representing Drexel in Ireland. The students were able to make community observations about the healthcare system in Ireland and compare it to community observations of the immediate Drexel area. They attended a seminar at Trinity College where they learned about the educational differences between nursing programs in the United States versus those in Ireland. And as a culminating experience, the students received a guided tour of Temple Street Children’s Hospital by the chief nursing officer Gráinne Bauer. The students were truly amazed by the differences that they saw between the two countries. The student group included Aubrey Cederberg-Murray, Gabriel Chamberlin, Emily Mercandetti, Thalia Patino, Sarah Pitcherella, Shira Pomerantz, Mariana Riehl and Renita Thomas who were accompanied by faculty members Deanna Schaffer, PhD and Maura Nitka, MSN.

Dana Kemery, EdD has been elected to the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Educational Advisory Council.  

This appointment ties very nicely with our initiatives in the graduate program as well. The new post-master’s Emergency Nurse Practitioner Program beings in the winter quarter of 2018.

Marylou McHugh, EdD, Jill Derstine, EdD, Jane Green-Ryan, PhD, and Carol Okupniak, DrNP just returned from their ongoing work with Eternal University, Akal School of Nursing in India

Maryann Godshall, PhD, and Kim Garcia, DNP presented at the International Nursing Conference in Barcelona Spain on November 2, 2017. Garcia moderated the morning session at the conference and presented “Relationship-Based Care.” Godshall presented “New Modalities in Nursing Education: Inter-collaborative Education.” Their presentations were very well received, in fact they were approached after the conference by some nurses to come to Malta to present.

Assistant clinical professor Maureen Gonzales, MSN, CRNP presented a poster titled “Achieving an Interactive Learning Partnership: Bring Your Classroom to Life” at the National League for Nursing Summit in San Diego September 14 to 17, 2017.

Beth Chiatti, PhD gave two podium presentations (Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Convention; Transcultural Nursing Society Annual Conference) and one poster presentation (Maimonides Medical Center Nursing Research Conference).

Chiatti, B.D. (2017) Poster: "Health Care Beliefs and Practices of Ethiopian Immigrants in an Urban U.S. Community." Maimonides Medical Center Fifth Annual Nursing Research Conference. Brooklyn, NY, November 16, 2017. 

Chiatti, B. D. (2017) "Respecting Cultural Preferences in the Delivery of Healthcare to Ethiopian Immigrants: An Interprofessional Approach." Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing 44th Biennial Convention. Indianapolis, IN, October 30, 2017.

Chiatti, B. D. (2017) "Integrating Genomics into Transcultural Nursing Practice to Promote Population Health." Transcultural Nursing Society 43rd Annual International Conference. New Orleans, LA, October 19, 2017.

Graduate Nursing Presentations

The following four presentations were given at the 41st International Society on Addictions Nursing in Orlando, Florida from October 18 through 21.

William Lorman, PhD presented a two-hour workshop titled “Recognizing Impairment in the Work Place.”

Al Rundio, PhD presented an eight-hour workshop titled “Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN) and CARN-Advanced Practice Review Course” to prepare nurses for the certification examinations.

CNHP’s Dana Murphy-Parker, MS, CRNP and Jill Terrien, PhD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School presented “Uniting & Leading through NP Education: Educating nurse practitioner students across populations regarding their role in caring for clients with opioid use disorders and chronic pain.”

Brenda Douglass, DNP and Susan Solecki, DrPH presented “What’s the Vibe on Vaping? A Novel Gateway to Addiction & Abuse.”

Collegiate Commission on Nursing Accreditation (CCNE)

This is to advise you that the CCNE, our major accrediting body in nursing, will be conducting an accreditation site visit on February 26, 27 and 28, 2018. All of the nursing programs will be reviewed during this site visit. 

We have been working on our self-study document that is required to be submitted by early January. We will be updating you in the next couple of months at faculty meetings and other venues on how the site visit will be conducted.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Dear Students, Alumni and Faculty:

As part of its accreditation process, The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) plans to visit the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions on February 26 to February 28, 2018.  

The Commission seeks to review all of the nursing programs including: the undergraduate nursing programs, the graduate nursing programs inclusive of the Advanced Role programs and the Nurse Practitioner programs, the Post-Master¹s Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner Certificate (PM-APRN-NP) program, the Nurse Anesthesia Program, the Post-Master's Nurse Anesthesia Certificate (PM-APRN-NA) program, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

In accordance with CCNE procedure, constituents (students, alumni and faculty) of these programs are invited to submit comments related to the quality of the programs under review to CCNE. Your comments are considered third party and any specific third party, signed comments concerning the accreditation process need to be received by February 5, 2018.  Please direct your comments to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K St., NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001



Thank you for your consideration of participation in this process.

Let me take this opportunity to wish you and yours a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.


Clinical Professor of Nursing
Associate Dean for Nursing & CNE
Chief Academic Nursing Officer   


Annette Willgens, PT, PhD and Michele Rattigan, MA, ATR-BC hosted an interprofessional workshop titled “Mindfulness: for Clinical Practice & for Life” on October 4, 2017. In their own words:

Multi-colored mindfulness illustration“We had over 55 students from a variety of CNHP disciplines join us to learn about the theory of mindfulness. Our goal was to introduce students to a practice that could promote self-care and wellness during their time here at Drexel University. In the current culture of esteem building, competition and perfectionism, we challenged students to consider excellence, intention and compassion for oneself instead.

We talked about stress, the allostatic load, self-criticism and conflict and shared the evidence base for mindful practice and the neural circuitry associated with default mode as compared to mindful awareness. We discussed a fMRI scan of "this is your brain on meditation," and then we practiced meditation. Students participated in an art-making activity to elucidate their thoughts and feelings. As we move forward with more planning, we are reminded that shared goals such as student self-care give everyone a strong foundation. Excellence, humility, temperance and resilience—these are the qualities of the future healthcare provider.”

The IPER Collaborative is awed by the many faculty and students who are creating and experiencing enriched learning opportunities with their CNHP peers. Any faculty member who has an idea about developing an interprofessional experience or project should contact or any IPER Collaborative member. We are happy to support you in your endeavors!


Thank you, 

IPER Collaborative

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