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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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Among the graduates at the June ceremony, was one whose love of blue and gold transcends generations. Donna Trigone received her Master of Science in Nursing. In 1983, Donna received her associate’s degree from Hahnemann University, predecessor of our college.

Donna and her husband Rich Lefchak are also the parents of Brian Trigone Lefchak, who graduated from Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences and Pennoni Honors College in 2013. Brian is now a student in the Drexel University College of Medicine.

Donna’s other son, Kevin, expects to graduate from the LeBow College of Business in 2016, and her daughter, Maria, just completed her freshman year in the College of Engineering.

Congratulations to everyone in the Trigone Lefchak family, and thank you for trusting Drexel with your education.


Dear College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) Alumni:

The College of Nursing and Health Professions Alumni Network of Drexel University is currently accepting nominations of qualified alumni interested in running for election to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors oversees and advocates the CNHP Alumni Network's efforts to engage, advance and support the College of Nursing and Health Professions of Drexel University and its alumni and students through a variety of networking opportunities, activities and programs.

Members of the Board of Directors are elected based upon their demonstrated leadership and service to their chosen profession, Drexel University, the College of Nursing and Health Professions and the community. Candidates should have a strong belief and commitment to the mission of the CNHP Alumni Network. To that end, the Alumni Network is actively seeking a representative group of qualified nominees who meet these criteria and who are eager and willing to commit their time and share their wisdom in representing the alumni constituency.

Network members are expected to accept a leadership and participatory role by working closely with the College to further its mission and its strategic initiatives. Network participation requires a time commitment at quarterly meetings of the full Network, quarterly committee meetings and a presence at campus and alumni events. Newly-elected Directors will serve for the terms outlined in the By-laws. To learn more about the role and responsibilities of the Network, please refer to our By-laws.

To nominate yourself, please complete the Candidate Letter of Interest and attach a brief bio or CV and send to If you have questions, please contact Maggie Rowan at 215.762.8868 or

Nominees are required to be alumni of Drexel University. The nominations process may include a request for the submission of additional application materials as well as an in-person or telephone interview may be required. The election of nominated candidates will be held at our September meeting.



Thousands upon thousands of people are trafficked into the United States each year to work in the sex trade.  Many are seen each year by health care professionals, yet are not identified as victims of human trafficking because training on the subject is not yet mandated. 

Donna Sabella, PhD, director of the Office of Human Trafficking of Drexel University, presented Justice: Striving for Social and Economic Dignity at the American Nurses Association Ethics Symposium on June 5, 2015.  Her presentation dealt with social inequities using human trafficking as an example for integrating principles of social justice into nursing and health policy. 

Many in the audience had very little knowledge about trafficking, identifiers, risk factors, and policy. “Nurses are the last at the table for this issue.  It’s mainly driven by law enforcement and social workers,” Sabella said.  Nurses are required to take 30 credits every two years to keep their licenses current. “Many of the trainings have nothing to do with human trafficking, so it’s no surprise that health care workers aren’t informed.”  As an associate editor for the Journal of Human Trafficking, and a founding member of Dawn’s Place, a residential recovery program for trafficked and prostituted women in Philadelphia, Sabella would like to see that changed and to build a training course on human trafficking into the curriculum.  “We are now mandated to take a training course on child sexual abuse.  I think this could be something that the state board takes a look at.  We are seeing a rise in domestic minor sex traffic, which means American children being sent out to the streets and being used for sex.  I certainly think that fits very well into that.”

Sabella said the training doesn’t have to be very long. “We can do a training course in a couple of hours.  We can teach people some of the basics without sensationalizing it.”  Topics should include what human trafficking is, history, general information on the basic foundation, who is likely to be trafficked, risk factors, things to look for both psychologically and physically, and also about traffickers themselves: who might be a trafficker, what some of their background is.  Sabella would also like to cover steps to take when a nurse suspects someone has been trafficked, which questions to ask and not to ask. 

“Trafficking is very unethical.  It’s a crime anywhere.  We need to become better aware, be better informed, include training, focus on doing research, hold conferences to expand our horizons on what goes on in the rest of the world,” said Sabella.  

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