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Master of Science in Nursing "Bridge" Program



Students taking an online course with a clinical component or practicum CANNOT do the clinical or practicum portion of the course within the state of Maryland at this time. If you are a licensed Registered Nurse (R.N.) you may complete a clinical or practicum in Virginia and Delaware which share in a Nurse Compact for Licensure with Maryland. Students who reside in Maryland may continue to take online courses at Drexel University, but they must do the clinical portion of the course in another state. If you have already made arrangements to do clinical in Maryland, please contact your Academic Advisor or Director of Clinical Education immediately to help you find a new clinical site. Drexel University is in the process of applying for a Certificate for Approval to Operate in Maryland.



Drexel University accepts New York residents into this program. Clinical Rotations, however, cannot be in New York State. This will not affect New York certification and licensure.


Drexel University's Online RN-MSN "bridge" program is available for nurses who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing and now wish to pursue an MSN degree.

Applicants to this program must complete the admission process to the MSN program and seek initial advisement from the MSN program academic advisors. The bridge program is available only to students applying for the MSN Advance Role programs. It is not available for students wishing to pursue an MSN Nurse Practitioner degree. To learn more about the program or alternative pathways to becoming a nurse practitioner, contact the individuals listed below.

The graduate program department chair reviews the applicant's file for program eligibility and prerequisites are established on an individual basis.

What you'll learn

The "bridge course" in the MSN Advanced Role Track consists of one undergraduate course. The required "bridge course" in the MSN Advance Role Track is Issues in NURS 370 Aging and Longevity (4.0 quarter credits). This class is available entirely online, is delivered in 10-week, quarter term session. This course is offered in any given term.

Individuals with extensive professional experience may request to waive the bridge course.

After successfully completing all requirements and admission to the MSN program, students progress directly into graduate-level courses. (Note: The BSN is not awarded in this program.)

What makes the MSN Bridge program unique?

  • Fast track option for those seeking an MSN degree.
  • Convenient, accelerated format ideal for working professionals.
  • You are part of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions with access to clinical practice environments and simulated health care scenarios.

Admission Requirements

Technical Standards - Nursing 

The RN-to-MSN bridge program is offered to RNs who have a BSN equivalent and wish to pursue their MSN degree. It is not a stand-alone degree program.

To be considered for admission, students must apply to the MSN program they are most interested in pursuing and submit the admissions criteria for that program. Once accepted into the graduate program, they will be instructed to take Bridge Program courses prior to registering for courses within the MSN program.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please note all submitted materials become the property of Drexel University.


The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.


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