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Undergraduate Nursing Department

Programs Tailored Towards Your Goals

Our unique programs are geared towards helping you succeed and start your career in nursing practice. Choose to complete a BSN with a co-op offering real world employment experience or opt for an accelerated program.

Undergraduate Nursing

The College of Nursing and Health Professions Undergraduate Nursing Department offers three exciting programs that will help you launch your career in the health care field.

Our BSN Co-op Program is a unique way to earn your degree while participating in Drexel’s cooperative education model – dividing your time between class and real-world work experience. We also offer an Accelerated Career Entry Program and an RN/BSN Completion Program.

As a part of the Undergraduate Nursing Department, you will join a community of clinicians, researchers, faculty, and students in your journey toward nursing practice. 
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.

Undergraduate Programs

Cooperative Bachelor of Science in Nursing
A general nursing program to prepare you for licensure as a registered nurse.

Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) for Bachelor's of Science in Nursing
Already earned a bachelor's degree in another field? Change careers and become a registered nurse.

RN/BSN Completion Program
Advance your nursing education and earn a bachelor's degree in nursing.

MSN Early Assurance Program

Academically excellent students in Drexel University's BSN Co-op or Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) programs may be eligible for the MSN Early Assurance Program, an accelerated pathway to select MSN programs.

This program permits students entering the final year of Drexel's BSNCo-op Program, or entering the fourth quarter of the ACE Program, to apply for admission to select MSN Programs and have their places reserved in our highly competitive advanced practice and advanced nursing tracks. Accepted students can take core MSN courses immediately after graduation and licensure. After completing the necessary hours or years of experience as registered nurses, they can enter the clinical or practicum sequence in the MSN specialty track.

Nursing BSN co-op students may apply for early assurance at the start of the senior year. Nursing Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) students should apply for early assurance at the beginning of their fourth quarter.

For early assurance availability and admission requirements, please ask the contact person for your MSN track of interest. They will be listed in the right column contact box on the program page under Academics.

Undergraduate Nursing Faculty

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Carolyn MacDougall, a nursing student in the Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) BSN Program, is the newest recipient of a grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust. The Helene Fuld Health Trust grant, which was first awarded to the College of Nursing and Health Professions in the summer of 2014, has allowed ACE students to make career changes and follow their dreams by giving them financial assistance that can oftentimes be the necessary support to keep them enrolled in the Program and on the road to pursuing a nursing career.

For students like MacDougall, that kind of assistance can be life changing. “The scholarship came up and I was blessed to get it,” said MacDougall. “It has helped me toward finishing this degree and not selling my house. It has been huge for me.” 

Most ACE students come from different backgrounds and professions before studying to become a nurse, and MacDougall is no different. Receiving her first degree in marketing from Pennsylvania State University in 1987, she bounced around the restaurant business before questioning what career she really wanted to pursue. “After a couple of months of intensive career counseling I got the idea that I should become a social worker, a nurse or a construction manager,” said MacDougall. “I was offered a scholarship as a construction management student, because I was a female in a male dominated field. So at that point in my life I went where the money would be, and the free education would be. That’s what I did until 2010.”

In 2010, MacDougall was laid off of her job as a construction manager and took a considerable amount of time off. She was put into a position where she felt she needed to begin looking for a career change, and for MacDougall, nursing felt like the field she was always meant to pursue. “Back in 2005, I took a couple of anatomy and physiology classes to see if I wanted to become a nurse, because it kind of paraded around in my head for a long time,” said MacDougall. “So when I was let go from my position in 2010 because of the poor economy and nobody building anymore, that’s when I started seriously thinking about it and taking classes a year or two later, and here I am.”

The ACE Program is a very intensive 11-month program, and can be daunting for some students. However this intensity doesn’t deter MacDougall, who has had her fair share of trials to overcome, but is passionate about wanting to become a nurse and is eager to make a change in her life. “I live alone, I own a house, and if you take a year off that can be quite scary, but taking more than a year off was even scarier,” said MacDougall. “Maxing out the home equities on my house and borrowing everything I could, that was kind of how I was getting through.”

MacDougall, who was also recently inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor society of Nursing, is scheduled to complete the ACE program and finally begin her future career as a nurse this September. Thanks to the Helene Fuld Trust scholarship and the support from her faculty advisers and other members of the Drexel community, she is moving forward toward the career for she’s been waiting and working.


Alumni – Remember you are entitled to a 25% discount! 
Certain restrictions apply   

Upcoming offerings include:
Physician Assistant Board Review Course
March 21-23, 2016
8 a.m.  – 5:15 p.m. daily
Drexel University Center City Campus
Three Parkway Building
1601 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 
Raising the Bar Workshop, Screen Capture Tools: Common and Uncommon Uses
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Forensic Trends in Health Care 
April 15-17, 2016
Early Bird Registration saves you $50 on the two-day conference; $25 on one day.  If opting for the Saturday Webcast, save $25!  REGISTER TODAY to take advantage of discounted rates!  Offer ends March 18th.
Live webcast on Saturday for CNHP Faculty – Complimentary
Drexel University Center City Campus
Philadelphia, PA
For more information visit: 
Colposcopy Training for Women’s Health Practitioners
April 19-21, 2016, October 18-20, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Daily
Drexel University Center City Campus 
Philadelphia, PA
For more information visit: 
The Ebola Crisis: Lessons Learned
April 20, 2016
In-person; Also available via Webcast
8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Drexel University Center City Campus
Philadelphia, PA
For more information visit: 
BAYADA Home Health Care Speaker Series  
May 5, 2016
Drexel University Center City Campus
New College Building, Geary B
6-6:30 p.m. – Presentation of the BAYADA Awards
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. - Jerome A. Dugan, PhD, assistant professor, Health Economics and Co-PI, Health Economics Analytics Laboratory (HEAL), Department of Health Systems & Sciences Research, College of Nursing and Health Professions, presents:  The Afford able Care Act: a Blessing or a Curse?
7:30 – 8 p.m. Reception
Live and via Live Webcast
Please RSVP online by Thursday, April 28th: 

Patient-Worthy Medicine: The Art and Science of Evidence Based Practice (An Alumni Weekend Offering)
May 6-7, 2016
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 
Historical Library
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103 

Certificate in Simulation
August 8-12, 2016
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Drexel University Center City Campus
Philadelphia, PA
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Save the Date 
More details to follow
The Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science Summit at Drexel University
May 16-17, 2016
Drexel University University City Campus
Behrakis Grand Hall
Creese Student Center 
3210 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Rita K. Adeniran, RN, DrNP (DRNP  ‘11), president and CEO of the consulting firm Innovating and Inclusive Global Solutions, was a featured speaker at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Adeniran spoke about how she uses the teachings of Dr. King to inspire her to be a strong, successful black woman.

Victoria DeBarbieri, APN, RN, BC (MSN ‘06) joined the Wright Center for Primary Care in Scranton, Pennsylvania as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.  

Girija Kaimal (MCAT01), professor of creative arts therapy in Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, has been collaborating on a study being conducted at Drexel about the effectiveness of art therapy for veterans suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injury.

Caroline C. Peterson, ATR-BC, LPC (MCAT ‘00), a therapist, licensed counselor and the founder of Springboard Studio in Philadelphia, wrote an article, "Mindfulness and Engaged Creativity: A Best in Integrative Medicine," about ways in which mindfulness-based art therapy programs are emerging as clinical approaches within medical and mental health systems.

Rebecca Rogers, RD, LDN (BS01), registered dietician with over ten years of experience in nutrition and wellness, was hired by Whitemarsh Behavioral Health Care in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, and will provide a wide range of nutrition therapy services to Montgomery County residents.

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