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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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By Mary K. Sullivan, MSN,  forensic nursing educator/consultant at the Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Phoenix, Arizona and Paul Thomas Clements, PhD, associate clinical professor, Division of Graduate Nursing and coordinator for the Forensic Trends in Healthcare Certificate Online Program at Drexel University

Reintegration of combat veterans into civilian society is often fraught with multilevel challenges that disrupt the stability of this vulnerable population. There is a dearth of treatment options and sadly, much less for the immediate families of these men and women. The Veterans Affairs Health Care System has been significantly challenged with large numbers of returning veterans requiring targeted treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other injuries. Increasingly, veterans are seeking care in the civilian world only to find very few appropriate treatment choices.

Upon return from deployment, returning veterans often discover that family systems have been altered and disrupted. Relationships with significant others have changed, small children have grown and are now teens who have withdrawn into their own worlds, and veterans who have suffered obvious or not so obvious injuries have no idea how to navigate around these changes. Families find themselves confronted with the veteran's decreased ability to complete daily activities of living, a very poor tolerance for affectively charged situations, poor impulse control, and unanticipated responses to environmental cueing reminiscent of wartime experiences.  

Often, during reintegration to civilian life, veterans are confused by surroundings and situations that changed during their absence and can manifest in depression, anxiety, substance misuse and violent displays such as intimate partner violence and episodes of rage disproportionate to the reality of the situation. There is often a lack of understanding, subsequent marginalization by family and society, and a potential decrease in employment opportunities. These situations in turn lead to forensic scenarios, with confrontations with the legal and correctional systems. Many veterans have been arrested and charged with Domestic Violence, as this legal charge is an umbrella term for several types of behavior and actions under ones roof. This not only includes a man hitting a woman, but any threatening type of behavior in the household where one or both lives. Once the charges are upheld and the veteran is in the justice system, it is extremely difficult for the veteran to keep or find employment that can ultimately lead to possibly losing his home. The significant other can keep him from seeing the children. This can impact same sex couples as well.

The veteran often does not experience the expected camaraderie he is used to. No one has “his back”; in fact the significant other who he believes is supposed to “have his back” may actually now be potentially perceived as a threat. Ordinary relationship situations, such as spousal arguments, financial instability or childcare issues, can create conditions that lead to intense emotional distress. In these cases, veteran response or behavior is triggered by a stimuli or experience of a traumatic event and each person’s ability to process that specific event results in different behavior characteristics. Frequently, the emotions the veteran experiences will result in a perceived loss of control, even if it is not so. These perceptions run counter to ingrained military training and performance standards and can potentially accelerate various negative behavioral manifestations and associated actions and reactions. It is critically important for healthcare providers to understand this point and remind and reorient the veteran as often as needed until he is able to reframe events within civilian standards and expectations.

Media reports have often highlighted the role that military service has played in police shooting, suicides, homicide and other crimes. However, these reports are reactive in nature and tend to sensationalize the incident, as well as the possible causative factors. Rare is the report that focuses on ways to isolate causal variables and provide mitigation strategies or prevention programs.  Hopefully this will continue to adapt and change; for example, there are Veterans Courts now in nearly every state. These can assist veterans already involved in the criminal justice system. Additionally, there are VA Justice Outreach Specialists in every VA Medical Center, with responsibilities that include: direct outreach to veterans in jail or prison; individual case management; liaison with local justice system partners; providing training for law enforcement on veteran specific issues.

What is needed now is for ongoing expansion of treatment approaches and programs, including within the government system and civilian setting, designed to provide enhanced healthcare to returning veterans. The possibilities for clinical research into this arena are endless. In the meantime, society as a whole, including healthcare providers across the nation, owe these men and women as much help as they need to return to being whole again, even those in the criminal justice system.

Forensically Speaking is a monthly column. Sullivan currently works in the Nursing Education Department educating VA Nurses on a variety of topics. She will be discussing Veteran’s issues as a plenary speaker at the “Forensic Trends in Healthcare” conference being held on  the Center City Campus of Drexel University in Philadelphia on April 16-17 2016.


The Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University operates as a patient-centered, integrated and trauma-informed model of care. Integrative health care creates a seamless engagement for patients, most of whom represent a vulnerable population and are residents of public housing and caregivers in the full range of physical, psychological, social, preventive and therapeutic factors known to be effective and necessary for the achievement of optimal health throughout the lifespan. The center is a nationally-recognized model of nurse-managed, community-based care for the education of health professions students and for faculty practice.

A new wing, which added 17,000 square feet of space to the practice, opened to patients on June 29, 2015. The new addition accommodates the expansion of primary care services, and includes space for nursing, nutrition sciences, couple and family therapy, creative arts therapies and a new fitness center.

John Kirby is the director of community health and wellness at Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services, responsible for overseeing the fitness center, providing exercise coaching and fitness classes and working to inform, learn from and collaborate with the community in order to create a culture of health.

Describe the new fitness center. What are some new features?

Our new 1,500+ square foot fitness center has moved from the original building to the second floor of the new building addition. The new space has windows spanning two sides of the gym, allowing members to get great natural sunlight and a beautiful view of the city while getting fit. We have 11 pieces of cardiovascular training equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, an arm ergometer and a recumbent stepper. We also have plenty of resistance training equipment, from free weight to cable machines, for gaining strength and getting lean.

Has the new wing allowed you to add any additional patient services? What seems to be most appreciated by patients?

Yes, with the new space we are now able to expand our class offerings. With dedicated studios for music therapy, art therapy and dance movement, we can hold group fitness classes like boot camp, dance classes, BLT (butt, legs and thighs), toning and more in the yoga/fitness studio. We can also hold more yoga and mindfulness classes for people of various ages and abilities. Our new space has more storage room, so we can get the equipment necessary to make our classes even more fun and challenging.  We can now hold classes simultaneously that would have needed to happen in succession before. Patients seem to appreciate our new dedicated spaces and the possibilities that come with it.

What is the patient response to the new fitness center?

Patients are loving the new space! Many of them have been excited to see the new facility since the moment they heard it was being built. They say the extra room makes the space feel more airy and fresh, and they have also expressed that sunlight and views the sprawling windows provide allow them to enjoy their workouts just a little bit more.

How is the new wing improving the experience for staff and patients, alike?

Both patients and staff seem happier with the space. While they appreciated what we had before, our new space allows for more possibilities. Because the fitness center is larger, physical therapy has more room for patient treatment to proceed, while fitness center members are also enjoying their workouts. Our new office and breakout consult room will allow patients and staff more privacy when discussing their health history and goals with our fitness and physical therapy providers.

Photo credit: Halkin/Mason Photography


Corey Beausoleil, MHS ‘15, a board-certified physician assistant, recently joined the staff of Vidant Neurosurgery-Greenville in Greenville, North Carolina.

Rosemary Dunn, DrNP, RN, MS ’95, DNP ‘11, the CNO at Hahnemann University Hospital, received the GEM Award in the category of “Advancing and Leading the Profession.”

Kenneth Korber, PA, MHSc, BS ’91, the chief learning officer at Health Education Group, has published a children's book series, The Musical Adventures of Grace.

Margo N. Orlin, PT, PhD, FAPTA, MPT ’86, PhD ’03, was selected by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow. Dr. Orlin is associate professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, at Drexel.

Scott Richards, PhD, PA-C, DfAAPA, MS ’94, was named the founding chair and program director for the Physician Assistant Program at Emory & Henry College. 

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