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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.

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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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