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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.

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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.

Early Assurance is available for all Nurse Practitioner tracks with the exception of Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, Pediatric Acute Care, and Pediatric Primary and Pediatric Acute Dual Programs.

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A 14-hour flight followed by a ten hour train and car rides brings Jane Greene-Ryan, PhD up 6,500 feet into the Himalayas. This is a trip that Greene-Ryan has made many times since being at CNHP. And one she makes with great enthusiasm. She’s there now, from March 21 to April 28, but before she left, we caught up with Greene-Ryan to ask about her work at Eternal University Akal College of Nursing (Akal).

Baru Sahib

OTC: How did your work in India come about?

Jane Greene-Ryan: Jill Derstine, EdD, RN, FAAN, an associate clinical professor in CNHP’s graduate nursing program did a lot of global work before being asked to come to the College to help with faculty development. Eight years ago she and Marylou McHugh, EdD, CNE, RN, also an associate clinical professor in graduate nursing, created a program with a university in northern India. Akal College of Nursing now has graduate students, but at that time, it was just undergraduate students and faculty with limited teaching experience. They wanted Drs. Derstine and McHugh to help mentor faculty roles. It’s grown so much since then. CNHP nursing leadership is extraordinarily supportive of this initiative, and I wouldn't be able to do it without them, specifically my director, Karen Goldschmidt, PhD, assistant clinical professor and RN to BSN completion department chair, and Al Rundio, PhD, DNP, associate dean for academic nursing programs and clinical professor.

OTC: What will you be doing there?

JGR: Because of Drexel's technology, I can continue to be fully engaged at Drexel with all of my full-time faculty responsibilities, including teaching my course and teaching graduate students in India. That’s what I'm going to be doing this time—teaching nursing research. I’m also going to be running a global classroom, which means that my graduate students in India will be joining my online RN to BSN students in a course in global health. In addition, I’ll be helping the second-year master’s students finalize their research projects and get them ready for presentation and publication. And the first years, I'll be helping them design their research projects, and then hopefully helping them implement them. I really like the kind of research they do— community-based research.

OTC: What are some projects you’ve done previously?

JGR: I've presented at each of their four research conferences on various aspects of global health—women's health issues, premature births, gender equity and maternal and child health topics. I'm a qualitative researcher, so the last time I was over there, I presented qualitative research methodology, which they enjoyed quite a bit. And when I'm there, I also teach. In the past, I’ve taught undergraduates, but increasingly, I've been teaching the graduate students.

OTC: Are there other things that Drexel is doing with Akal?

JGR: Faculty are interested in getting a joint Drexel-Akal research project going. That's been my goal for the last five years; "What kind of research do you guys want to do and how can we help you do it?" We have so many amazing resources we could share.

OTC: You mentioned that they do a lot of community-based research. Is there a specific thing they want to really dig into?

Community student data collectionJGR: One of the largest problems that's there is HIV/AIDS. Eternal University is quite remote. Many men are farmers who have small plots of land, so the younger sons often need to go out and find jobs doing something else. One of the common jobs their sons get are as truckers. When the men are traveling as truckers, they visit prostitutes who may or may not use condoms allowing HIV/AIDS comes back home to the community.

When I was over there in the fall, one of their community health instructors, also a nurse midwife like myself, said she would really like it if we would do something with HIV/AIDS in the community. So I think that would be one area.

Early childhood intervention is another area. The death to children under the age of five can be pretty grim and is something that epidemiologists follow pretty carefully as a marker of the general health of a community. In Baru Sahib, they would like to do school-based education projects—like teaching hand washing or tooth brushing and basic dental care—then conduct some research to see if the intervention was effective. I would like to do something with the rural villages as the people living in them have the most needs. Maybe HIV/AIDS but really it’s up to our whole Akal Drexel team to decide.

OTC: What drew you to India?

JGR: I've traveled throughout my whole life. My doctorate was in nurse migration I asked nurses who had come here from other countries about their experience working as a nurse in the US. Basically, I love learning about other cultures; I'm kind of an anthropologist at heart. Of course, I'm a nurse, but friends describe me as an anthropologist in scrubs.

Eternal University is a faith-based Sihk university. Their belief system is quite profound— they believe in equality, they believe in gender equity, they absolutely believe in education. They also have free healthcare. They have a hospital where Sikh doctors from all over the world come in to do things like eye operations and for specialized clinics. It's an amazing place. From a global health perspective, it's incredible that people are willing to go to this extraordinarily small, remote part of the globe and provide care for people who absolutely would not otherwise have it. The work that this university is doing for their local region is astonishing.Shimla Jakku Temple

That may be part of what draws me back. I feel very aligned with their values, which are also Drexel values of, we live in a community, we're responsible to our community, let's see what we can do to make it better.

OTC: Have you done similar work in other parts of the world?

JGR: I went to Ghana in West Africa with a very dear friend of mine. She is originally from a well-resourced and wealthy family in Ghana but has been living and working in the US for a long time. There was a nursing and healthcare provider shortage particularly for both rural and urban poor. We went to see whether or not we could get nurse practitioner programs established. We were there for five weeks in the summer of 2010. There were so many stumbling blocks. We met with the ministers of health and the equivalent of the deans of Drexel or Penn, the University of Accra, in their capital city, but we were unable to get it started. Then Dr. Derstine asked me if I wanted to join her project in India, and I've just kept going.

I've been to Bolivia and Ghana, as part of Drexel initiatives. I’ve presented in Thailand, India, Ireland, Barcelona and Norway. I've had many different kinds of opportunities, but I think back under lessons learned, for me, it’s better to go one place, stay and do deeply relevant research than fly around from one place to another. It’s a marriage rather than dating. I would rather have deep roots in one place than shallow roots in lots of other places.

OTC: What are some of the things that you've accomplished in your travels that you are really proud of and what have you learned about yourself?

JGR: What I’m most proud of, is that the students at Drexel are able to have a taste of what's really happening in other parts of the world. I ran a global classroom in the fall for nurses, students from relationship-based care, as well as students from my two online classes that I was teaching at the time. My students were just thrilled at the opportunity to learn and work with students in other parts of the country and the world—students in India specifically. I have the ability to take students with me anywhere I go. That's what I'm most proud of, and helping the students in India further their own careers.

I've learned how blessed I am to be able to make my own decisions, to be able to live and work where I wish, to work. What an amazing thing to have my doctorate when there are women all over the world that don't even have primary level education. I appreciate the gifts of education and the doors that it open. There is an old saying: "To whom much is given, much is expected." I have a responsibility to give back and share, share what I've been blessed with.

OTC: How important is it for Drexel to have these kinds of relationships with places around the world?

MedSurg students at first Zoom meetingJGR: It's crucial. Global engagement is one of our learning priorities. It helps my students in global health, the main course that I teach. My students are forever saying to me that they're really grateful for where they are and what they have, particularly as most nurses across the world are women. Women in the US have tremendous opportunities like education and career advancement. We make our own decisions, decide what happens with our children and our children's live and can advocate for ourselves. Students can learn about that intellectually in and through our courses, but having faculty who are actually doing this kind of work and then sharing it with them live-time while they're in other parts of the globe, particularly parts of the globe that the students are currently studying about, is just invaluable.

OTC: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

JGR: I have a bachelor's in liberal arts, a second bachelor's in nursing from Penn, a master's from Penn as a nurse midwife, PhD from Widener University in nursing education/anthropology. I'm originally from Springfield, Illinois, but I've been here since I went to school at Penn. I graduated in 1986. I've been here really my whole life. I have a bluegrass band—I play guitar and sing.

OTC: We usually ask everyone to tell us about their favorite things. Do you have some recommendations you would like to make?

JGR: I'm so glad you asked this. There are two books I recommend. I have a very liberal arts viewpoint for science-based education so in my global health course, I often throw in a novel I want students to think about. My students in global health as well as my students in India, are going to read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon then talk to me about their views on it.

The other book is The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad. It talks about women's rights—the lives of women in other parts of the world. This one is written from the viewpoint of women in Afghanistan.

TV or movie: I love The Crown. It's historically accurate. I also really liked Dunkirk.


CNHP ACE alumnus and BAYADA nurse Kevin Lundell BSN `13Kevin Lundell, BSN `13 is a BAYADA Nurse at BAYADA Home Health Care. He answers some quick questions about why he loves what he does and how Drexel prepared him to succeed.

What I love about my job: Getting to know my patients and the families in a one-on-one setting. I like that I’m able to advance in the company while having a flexible schedule. Achieving awards, such as through the BAYADA Presidential Scholarship Program, helped me continue my education, where I obtained my MSN and Family Nurse Practitioner Certification.

How Drexel prepared me: At Drexel, I received quality education that included hands-on training with the in-house simulation lab. It helped me apply what I learned in the books to real-life situations, as well as build my confidence with patients. Also, the wide range of specialties in the curriculum helped prepare me for anything that comes my way in the home.

What advice would you give your younger self? “Ignore the doubt and believe in yourself. Anything is achievable with enough planning and effort.”

Best career moment: The best moment of my career so far had been caring for a little boy who couldn't talk or communicate. He couldn't sleep, so I asked if he wanted to listen to music on my iPhone. He held the phone up to his ear and started to rock his hips to the beat while smiling. From then on when he couldn't sleep or if he got agitated, I gave him my iPhone and we just jammed out for a while.

Best piece of advice from a professor: From Dr. Jack Sabol, Drexel Adult II Clinical Rotation (when I didn’t know an answer to something GI related) - "Don't be embarrassed. No one person can know every last detail of health care. It's endless and always changing. Ever wonder why doctors specialize?"


A second act in life, or even a third, is reserved for middle-aged or older adults. Right? These are the people who, at a certain age, assess their lives and decide it’s time to reinvent themselves, their careers or lives after retirement—folks who possibly had an experience that opened their eyes to a passion they never knew existed.

ACE alumna and inventor, Latesha Powell
Latesha Powell is not middle-aged. She wasn’t in need of reinvention—she had recently earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a plan to work for the New Jersey Department of Children and Family—she was just starting out. What she had was an experience, right before she graduated from Rutgers University, which changed the path her life would take. “Right before I finished college, I lost my father. His nurses made a lasting impression on me,” Powell shared. She talked about it being more than the knowledge they had about what was going on with her dad. “It was also their bedside manner. They knew exactly what to say to me and my siblings and how to approach the situation, especially after he passed.” The comfort they gave her family combined with their vast clinical knowledge made a significant impact. It seemed that his nurses had a certain intuition about how to help the family process all that was happening. “It really touched me,” she said.

After Powell graduated, she volunteered at Cooper University Hospital to better understand nurses’ roles—what the job really entailed. It didn’t take her long to decide nursing was the future she wanted to pursue. It wouldn’t be quick nor would it be easy to get there. She first had to return to the classroom, one at a community college, to take the prerequisites for an accelerated BSN program. Having her heart set on Drexel’s accelerated career entry (ACE) program, she applied but wasn’t admitted. She’s a determined woman, so she took more classes and the second time she applied, she was accepted and immediately moved to Philadelphia. Powell couldn’t wait to start this chapter of her life.

ACE students often use the same words to describe Drexel’s program—daunting, intense and challenging. The bar is set really high. Students rise to the challenge or they don’t. Powell said the same thing. “The first couple of weeks were intimidating. It took some time to get adjusted to the pace, but I soldiered on once I caught my momentum,” she remarked. She noted two things that really helped her hold on: new friendships and developing coping mechanisms. Students are bound to cultivate strong bonds over their mutual challenges. It’s probably the feeling of everyone being in the same boat—they all seem to encourage each other to row in the same direction. She felt her friends, clinical nurses and staff made her want to grow and hunger for knowledge. “I felt inspired by everyone. It made me feel like ‘I can do this’ and ‘I’m so glad I’m here.’ I thought this would change my life,” Powell explained. And it did. She finished the program on time, 11 months, and became a member of Nu Eta, the Drexel chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in the process.

Finding inspiration is all well and good, but the velocity of the program is bound to cause a great deal of stress, not unlike what nurses may feel in the workplace. Of all the coping skills Powell could have developed, she chose meditation. “Midterms were coming up and I had clinical that day. I remember distinctly thinking I had to come back from clinical and would need to study,” she said. “I had so much to do, I just had to take a pause,” Powell added. That pause was something she found through guided meditation. She was introduced to and encouraged to use something she found on Blackboard. It was an app called Calm. Calm is best known as a meditation, sleep and mental wellness. The benefit of mindfulness meditation is that it creates a space in which to breathe and to calm the mind. In allowing herself to take a pause, to relax, to meditate Powell found the time to just take a deep breath. It’s a practice that helped her become a nurse and it is something she continues to practice today.

Powell was barely into this “second act” when the third one starting forming. “During a clinical I observed my instructor drawing up medication into a syringe then flicking it to move the air bubbles to the top. She mentioned how uncomfortable doing that was,” she said. “The instructor said ‘actually I have a dent in my fingernail from doing this for years’ and it stuck in the back of my mind.” A few years later, Powell was faced with some similar discomfort. She was working at Kennedy Health System (now Jefferson Health) during a winter when a high frequency of broken bones necessitated the need to draw up a lot of morphine. She was flicking syringes and pushing IV meds all day and her finger really began to hurt. “Just as I thought ‘this is really painful’ I recalled what my instructor said and knew there had to be a way to fix this. I was terribly uncomfortable and I didn’t want to fatigue from flicking syringes all day.” Powell started experimenting thinking some kind of cushion could help prevent nerve damage or inflammation. The process in finding a solution would end with an invention for which she holds a patent. Powell invented a glove with a cushion as part of the design alleviating the need to wrap pads or band aids around fingers called “Padded Medical Procedure Glove and Finger Cot.” “If it’s part of the glove when I put it on, I can protect my finger and give better patient care,” she asserted.ACE alumna Latesha Powell's patented invention: Padded Medical Procedure Glove and Finger Cot

She admitted she never considered herself an entrepreneur, inventor or a businesswoman. “I never felt inspired to pursue business, but I had this idea that would really help people everywhere give better patient care with just a little protection,” she offered. In her line of work, she said the little things are what really help you get through your day. She has renderings of the invention and is working to find a manufacturer so she can make a proper prototype. Her hope is to license the intellectual property, but more than that, she wants to save the flicking finger of all syringe-wielding personnel worldwide.

Powell may have thought by spending the most transformative year of her life in the ACE program becoming a nurse, she could honor the men and women who showed her father and family such compassion during such a hard time in their lives. But her invention may far better serve as a gesture of gratitude for all nurses who do so much in service of others.

Things I would like to recommend: Are you binge-watching anything on TV or do you have a favorite movie?

The Profit is a reality show. Marcus Lemonis, owner of a multi-billion company, offers resources to struggling small businesses in exchange for an ownership stake in the company. “I began watching it when I started thinking about my glove and how to go about patenting it and licensing it,” Powell confessed. “I learned a lot and it really got me motivated to try and make it happen.”

Powell watched Jennifer Lawrence’s Joy for obvious reasons—having a hard time launching a new invention and being discouraged by not having capital to get manufacturers to pay attention. “I get a lot of automated emails saying, ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’ So I'm having a hard time getting in front of people who can actually make decisions.” She just has to find the money to make a prototype.

If you would like to get in touch with Powell, she's happy to hear from you via email.

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