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Certificate in Innovation and Intra/Entrepreneurship in Advanced Nursing Practice I

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 12.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Maximum Time Frame: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible



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.


The Drexel Online Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Intra/Entrepreneurship in Advanced Nursing Practice I is designed for the student who seeks to re-invent and innovate in nursing practice in a variety of roles, as clinician, educator, administrator, clinical scientist, or in the business environment of healthcare. This certificate is available for individuals that hold a Bachelor's degree.

This program provides a four-course grouping of classes focusing on re-inventing and promoting innovative nursing practice in a variety of roles, as clinician, educator, administrator, clinical scientist or in the business environment of healthcare. Courses are chosen from the MSN in Innovation and Intra/Entrepreneurship in Advanced Nursing Practice. It is designed to emphasize entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial approaches to advanced nursing practice.

Courses completed for this certificate program can be applied to the MSN program in Innovation & Intra/Entrepreneurship. They may also be applied as elective credits to other MSN programs at Drexel. If you are interested in applying the credits to an MSN program at Drexel, please consult with your Academic Advisor.

What you'll learn

The curriculum for this certificate program explores how innovations are conceived and implemented, particularly in nursing practice, and how such innovations run their course and spawn other innovations.

Professional issues, practice issues, legislative issues, certification issues, insurance issues, legal issues and ethical conflict resolution in advanced nursing practice are explored.

The core coursework addresses the following competencies:

  • successes and failures in creative nursing ventures and innovations
  • business development models
  • research and leadership

Core courses include Innovation in Advanced Nursing Practice, Case Studies in Intra/Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Nursing, and The Nurse as Intra/Entrepreneur and Consultant.

What makes the Drexel program unique?

  • A nationally renowned faculty with expertise in the field.
  • Convenient online format ideal for working professionals.
  • Special tuition rates available for employees of health system partners.
  • Innovative technology using a highly interactive e-learning method

Note: Drexel University is not authorized to admit students from Louisiana and South Dakota to our online nursing programs 


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.

Admission Requirements

Technical Standards - Nursing 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing from program fully accredited by NLN and/or CCNE.

* Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership may accept candidates from any accredited baccalaureate program.

GPA of 2.75 or above on all previous coursework or last 60 credits completed

Standardized Tests:

Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions


Not required.

Personal Statement/ Essay:
Personal statement describing interest in certificate program and particular specialty.

Not required.


A copy of your current, unrestricted RN license or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse.

Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience:

International Students:
International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have:
a minimum combined score for listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page on Drexel Central

Application Link (if outside organization):


CCNE: This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 (202-887-6791)