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The undergraduate Program in Health Sciences prepares students to enter a wide variety of careers in health care and related professions. Examples of careers and graduate programs our students pursue include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, cardiac rehabilitation, physician assistant studies, nursing, exercise physiology, nutrition sciences, clinical research, public health, health advocacy, bioethics, health psychology, and others.

Why Drexel?

Dedicated and highly-qualified faculty – Our diverse faculty hold doctoral degrees in several specialty areas including  Anatomy, Physiology, Medicine, Pharmacology, Physical Therapy, Statistics, Clinical Research, Embryology, Exercise Science, and more. They have extensive experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in the health professions.

Curriculum choices – Our Health Science Program allows students to tailor their undergraduate degree to meet the needs of a variety of health care related graduate programs and careers. Furthermore, the integrated co-op experience provides our students the opportunity to work with health care professionals in the workplace.  Qualified students may participate in accelerated dual-degree programs with Physician Assistant Studies and the Physical Therapy programs.

Employment opportunities – Health care professions are the fastest growing job sector for the upcoming decade. There is tremendous demand for trained health care providers at all levels. In the Health Science Program, the multidisciplinary faculty, flexible curriculum, and co-op experience provide students with a competitive edge in the market place and in the pursuit of graduate studies.


Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

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The College of Nursing and Health Professions has clinical services in four established Philadelphia-based sites in addition to a new Community Wellness HUB established this year in the Dornsife Center. Services are provided by faculty working in conjunction with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students, as well as orthopedic physical therapy residents.  The ultimate goal of the CNHP clinical services programming is to have an educational environment where students working alongside the more than 30 CNHP faculty, provide patient care in an interdisciplinary setting, including referrals between active clinical practice and research activities. CNHP’s clinical services and associated student education has continued to grow in scope and volume over the years. A broad overview of each practice is below.

The CNHP clinical services are located in Philadelphia at the following sites:

  • Stephen & Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center  
  • 3020 Market Street (3020 Market)
  • Drexel Recreation Center (REC)
  • Parkway Health & Wellness (PHW)
  • Community Wellness HUB at the Dornsife (The HUB)
Discipline/Sites                      3020 Market REC Center Parkway Health and Wellness The Community Wellness HUB
 Nurse Practitioner     

 Counseling and Family Therapy

 Creative Arts Therapies    
 Nutrition Scrience  

 Physician Assistant    

 Physical Therapy  


CNHP faculty are providing services in most disciplines across all Philadelphia sites.

Discipline CNHP Faculty Practicing at Clinical Sites
Nurse Practitioner Barbara Posmontier,  Kimberly McClellan, Barbara Osborne, Ann McQueen
Counseling and Family Therapy
Christian Jordal, Erica Wilkins 
Creative Arts Therapies
Yasmine Awais, Scott Horowitz, Dawn Morningstar, Michele Rattigan, Ellen Schelly-Hill 
Nutrition Scrience
Whitney Butler, Robin Danowski, Nyree Dardarian, Abigail Duffine-Gilman, Andrea Grasso-Irvine, Beth Leonberg, Angela Luciani, Vicki Schwartz, Elizabeth Smith, Amy Stankiewicz 
Physician Assistant
Patrick Auth, Juanita Gardner 
Physical Therapy
Lisa Chiarello, Kevin Gard, Noel Goodstadt, Robert Maschi, Christopher McKenzie, Kathryn Mitchell, Sara Tomaszewski, Sarah Wenger, Annette Willgens 


The clinical services are overseen by an interdisciplinary advisory board comprised of the director of CNHP clinical services and clinical coordinators representing each involved academic department and the research enterprise. This advisory board meets regularly to provide oversight and direction for the clinical practices in the areas of operations, productivity review, marketing, program development, and the promotion of collaborative interdisciplinary programming, including collaborations and referrals between clinical services and research projects.

Read the entire round-up including descriptions of each site and the services offered here.


I hope that everyone’s holidays were healthy, safe and restful.

I wish the best for 2018.  It always amazes me how fast the holiday season comes and goes. My mom always told me that the older one gets the faster the time flies by–boy, was she ever correct!!!

The following are highlights from the past month:

Beth Desaretz Chiatti, PhD, RN, CTN, CSN has been elected secretary of the Transcultural Nursing Society and a member of the board of directors. Her two-year term begins this month. She has also been chosen to be a Drexel Liberty Scholars Mentor.

Congratulations, Dr. Chiatti!!!

Theresa M. Campo, DNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, FAANP, FAAN has been appointed to the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians’ board of directors representing the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners. She is the only nurse to have been appointed to an emergency physician organizational board of directors.

This appointment ties very nicely with our initiatives in the graduate program as well. The new post-master’s Emergency Nurse Practitioner program begins in the 2018 winter quarter using the curriculum she created. Campo was the first nurse practitioner in New Jersey to be certified as an emergency nurse practitioner.

In addition, a text book titled Medical Imaging, of which Campo was the lead author, has won first place in the American Journal of Nursing 2017 Book Award in the category of Adult Primary Care.

Congratulations, Dr. Campo!!!

The leadership team has been working on the upcoming CCNE accreditation site visit scheduled for February 26, 27 and 28, 2018. You will be hearing more about the site visit this and next month.

Please refer to the information posted below:

Collegiate Commission on Nursing Accreditation (CCNE)

This is to advise you that the CCNE, our major accrediting body in nursing, will be conducting an accreditation site visit on February 26, 27 and 28, 2018. All of the nursing programs will be reviewed during this site visit. 

We have been working on our self-study document that is required to be submitted by early January. We will be updating you in the next couple of months at faculty meetings and other venues on how the site visit will be conducted.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Dear Students, Alumni and Faculty:

As part of its accreditation process, The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) plans to visit the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions on February 26 to February 28, 2018.  

The Commission seeks to review all of the nursing programs including: the undergraduate nursing programs, the graduate nursing programs inclusive of the Advanced Role programs and the Nurse Practitioner programs, the Post-Master¹s Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner Certificate (PM-APRN-NP) program, the Nurse Anesthesia Program, the Post-Master's Nurse Anesthesia Certificate (PM-APRN-NA) program, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

In accordance with CCNE procedure, constituents (students, alumni and faculty) of these programs are invited to submit comments related to the quality of the programs under review to CCNE. Your comments are considered third party and any specific third party, signed comments concerning the accreditation process need to be received by February 5, 2018.  Please direct your comments to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K St., NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001



Thank you for your consideration of participation in this process.

Last but not least, Stephanie Brooks, PhD, associate dean for academic health professions, and I have been collaborating and we have decided to highlight both of our areas of responsibility monthly.
Thus, the “Rundiogram” will change its name to: “R & B Notes.”  Most of you will think of R & B as Rhythm & Blues, but this will stand for Rundio & Brooks. Dr. Brooks will present first and I second and then vice-versa as we highlight what everyone does at CNHP.
I hope that your New Year is the BEST ever. Thank you for all that you do for CNHP.
Chief Academic Nursing Officer 


Anyone who's phoned the Community Wellness HUB at the Dornsife Center has likely spoken with Maeve Malloy, the unfailingly cheerful Americorps VISTA who runs the front office. Malloy manages the resident interface at the HUB, setting the tone for this supportive and warm place, and she manages the team of talented and caring students who power the HUB's outreach and programming functions and who make sure that participants, patients, and clients feel welcome.

Community Wellness HUB students Linday Martinez and Maeve MalloyMalloy recently graduated from Bryn Mawr College and says of her VISTA posting, "I really wanted a post-graduation experience in a nonprofit setting that would give me experience in multiple healthcare realms like research, community engagement, and program development." Her undergraduate degree is in psych ology with a minor in health studies, and she is currently applying to graduate schools for clinical social work. "I’d like to be an LCSW and work in Philadelphia. I’m really interested in maternal health, and mood disorders in pregnant and parenting women. The intersections of maternal health and wellbeing are interesting to me."

Christma Guilloux is a senior at Temple University studying public health. His role at the HUB is in outreach, "talking to neighbors, hearing them out, and letting them know about the HUB and the services we provide." Guilloux supports programming too, noting that he's managed the senior bingo events, using the opportunity to connect with participants and listening to their ideas about community health services. His career aspirations after the HUB? "My goal is to go back home to Haiti and design a program for people who don't have homes, or money for food, to create supports for people who don't have much. I want to first work with nonprofits to learn as much as I can, and then develop my own organization."

Ryan Kirker is a Drexel student in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, studying to become a physician's assistant in the dual bachelors-masters degree program. "Initially I was a volunteer with We're Here Because We Care and then I worked on getting some of the data we needed to build the HUB, made flyers, and helped create programming. Now I'm working the front desk - making calls and confirming appointments, checking people in, and also starting to re-engage with our other We're Here Because We Care volunteers to check back in with what residents want in terms of health supports and to better plan strategies." Kirker is part of the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement's team of Drexel Community Scholars, student leaders who specialize in mobilizing participants in service settings.

Community Wellness HUB students Sidney Ortiz, Christma Guilloux, Tom Ferrier and Ryan KirkerA Drexel freshman in biomedical engineering, Sidney Ortiz comes to the HUB as a work-study student. "I want to get into biomechanics: prosthetics and pacemakers and tools like that. Some of the people closest to me have had them. My mom got a pacemaker when I was in middle school, and my grandma got a hip replacement. I thought it was really cool.” She's in school to learn how to design these life-saving tools herself. Sidney supports the HUB's general operations, helping the front office hum along smoothly.

Tom Ferrier is another Temple University public health student, now a senior and getting his 200-hour internship requirement done at the HUB. "I help with outreach and work with Christma to distribute flyers in the neighborhood. We talk to community members about the resources we have, letting people know that we’re providing the services they asked for during the We're Here Because We Care process." Ferrier's goal is to become a nurse, and his next step in the healthcare field is, after he graduates, to work in public health long enough to put money away for nursing school. 

Also a work-study student, Lindsay Martinez is a third-year nursing student at Drexel. Considering the work-study positions available, she chose the HUB because she wanted something more engaging than the average work-study job. She's worked at medical offices, in a hospital, and now in a public health setting. "Here at the HUB I help out with events and phone calls, reaching out to neighbors to make sure they're aware of what we're doing. West Philadelphia feels like it's been taken over by college students and I want to make sure people know there are still resources here for them, and that we haven't forgotten about them."

Written by Jennifer Britton
Associate Director, Communications & Special Projects
Office of University & Community Partnerships

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