The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is an intensive full-time undergraduate program. Drexel's undergraduate BSN program options include intensive immersion in nursing science as well as facilitated entrance into nursing practice. Our nationally recognized reputation is a result of our first time pass rate of 96-100% on the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN), expansive clinical affiliations, innovative curriculum, and faculty.
Drexel offers multiple undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing options to meet the needs of traditional and transfer students including curriculum options with built-in cooperative education.
Drexel undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing options for freshman:
The BSN-Co-op 4-year program includes one cooperative education experience in Acute and Chronic Illness resulting in a 6-month work-related experience that may be included on a resumé at the time of graduation.
The BSN-Co-op 5-year program includes three cooperative education experiences, the first as an Introduction to the Contemporary Healthcare Network; the second in Acute and Chronic Illness; and the third in a Specialty Nursing Concentration, which result in 18-months of diverse, work-related experiences that may be included on a resumé at the time of graduation.
Drexel undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing options for transfer students:
The BSN-Co-op 4-year program is available to transfer students that have completed college-level prior to attending Drexel, and requires no prerequisite courses. The program includes a 4-year progression with one cooperative education experience in Acute and Chronic Illness resulting in a 6-month work-related experience that may be included on a resumé at the time of graduation.
BSN-Co-op as a "clinical ready" transfer student is a shortened version of the BSN-Co-op 4-year program, and it is available to individuals that have completed the required prerequisite courses to enter the program as a "clinical ready" student. The program includes a 3-year progression with one cooperative education experience in Acute and Chronic Illness resulting in a 6-month work-related experience that can be included on a resumé at the time of graduation.
- English: 6 semester credits
- General Chemistry with labs: 8 semester credits
- General psychology: 3 semester credits
- Anatomy with lab: 4 semester credits
- Physiology with lab: 4 semester credits
- Microbiology with lab: 4 semester credits
- College Algebra: 3 semester credits
In addition to the above required prerequisite courses students, the following supporting courses are also accepted as transfer for individuals interested in transferring to Drexel as a "clinical ready" student. These supporting courses are not required to transfer, but are required in the undergraduate BSN program. You may complete these supporting courses prior to transfer, or you may complete these supporting courses as a part of the undergraduate BSN curriculum.
Optional Additional Prerequisites* for "Clinical Ready" transfer students:
- General sociology: 3 semester credits
- Developmental psychology: 3 semester credits
- Ethics: 3 semester credits
- Human Nutrition: 3 semester credits
Statistics: 3 semester credits
- Humanities Elective: 3 semester credits.
Social Science Elective: 3 semester credits.
General Elective: 6 semester credits.
- Language: 3-4 semester credits.
The BSN as a Non-Co-op transfer student is Drexel’s only undergraduate nursing option that does not include a built-in cooperative education experience. It was designed for students that have completed nursing-related coursework prior to attending Drexel that are looking to reach their BSN within a 2-year progression. It is available to individuals that have completed the required prerequisite courses in order to enter the program.
- English: 6 semester credits.
- General Chemistry with labs: 8 semester credits
General Sociology: 3 semester credits
General Psychology: 3 semester credits
Developmental Psychology: 3 semester credits
Anatomy with lab: 4 semester credits
Physiology with lab: 4 semester credits
Microbiology with lab: 4 semester credits
Human Nutrition: 3 semester credits
Statistics: 3 semester credits
College Algebra: 3 semester credits
Ethics: 3 semester credits
Humanities Elective: 3 semester credits
Social Science Elective: 3 semester credits
General Elective: 6 semester credits
- Language: 3-4 semester credits.
* Prerequisite courses are reviewed by Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions to determine eligibility for transfer credit. We do not waive or substitute prerequisite courses. College Algebra must be completed with a grade of "B" or better. A grade of "C" or better is required for all other prerequisite coursework. Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology must be taken within five years prior to enrollment in Drexel's undergraduate nursing program options.
Students that graduate with a bachelor of science in nursing from any of Drexel's undergraduate BSN options are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN).
What you will learn
Drexel's nursing curriculum is built to respond to the rapidly changing health care system, as well as to student's needs. Graduates of the baccalaureate program will be prepared to:
- Utilize the growing compendium of knowledge and information sources from nursing and other disciplines to learn, teach, heal the sick, and conserve health;
- Contribute to the profession by sharing knowledge and skills with clients, peers, and other professionals in a variety of methods;
- Utilize multiple technologies that access and manage information to guide professional practice;
- Participate in culturally sensitive health promotion activities that contribute to the community’s health and wellness;
- Participate in ongoing educational activities related to personal growth, professional practice, and community service;
- Apply knowledge and skills appropriate to their selected areas of career clinical practice;
- Develop personal potential for leadership in a changing health care environment;
- Integrate ethical concepts and principles, The Code of Ethics for Nurses, and professional standards into practice within professional, academic, and community settings;
- Utilize critical-thinking skills to improve the health outcomes of patients, families, and communities across the continuum of care.
Faculty-guided clinical experiences allow students to function in nursing care for patients across the lifespan and the health continuum. Each clinical experience is designed to integrate academic coursework with patient care in the health care environment. Our clinical groups consist of 6-8 students per faculty member rotate through nursing specialty areas including adult health, women's health, pediatrics, psychiatric and mental health, community, gerontology, and complex/critical care.
Cooperative Education (Co-op)
Co-operative education work experiences give Drexel nursing graduates a competitive edge. Co-operative education involves employment experiences in the Nursing major integrated into every student's plan of study. During co-op experiences, students are employed at major healthcare agencies and have opportunities to gain healthcare and nursing experience as paid employees.
What makes the program unique?
- Specialty courses that prepare students for the demands of current nursing practice.
- Co-op education gives graduates a competitive edge.
- You are part of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions with access to clinical practice environments and inter-professional simulated health care scenarios.
For Entering Freshmen
To review admission prerequisites, visit the Admission Prerequisites page.
To find admissions deadlines, apply online, check out financial aid information, and find the current schedule for open houses, visit the Undergraduate Admissions site.
Internal Transfer Students.
Students who wish to transfer from other colleges/schools at Drexel University into the BSN Co-op Program must meet the following criteria:
- Completion of two quarters or two semesters at Drexel, with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
- Achievement of "C" or better in science courses that will be applied toward B.S.N. degree.
If a co-op experience has been completed, the site and objectives will be evaluated to determine if it meets the requirements of the B.S.N. Co-op Program nursing curriculum.
External Transfer Students.
Transfer students are welcome to apply to Drexel University. The transfer student plan of study includes one co-op experience. Depending on number of credits transferred, and whether all prerequisites to clinical courses have been completed, it takes a minimum of three years to complete the degree requirements.
- Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- To begin the program at the second-year clinical level, students must complete the following prerequisites:
- Anatomy I and II with labs
- General Chemistry I and II with labs
- Microbiology with lab
- English I and II
- General Psychology
- College Algebra
- Transfer Credit may also be accepted for the following courses:
- Developmental Psychology
- Sociology (Intro to Sociology)
- Social Science Elective
- Humanities Elective
- 2 Free Elective Courses
To review transfer instructions, visit the Transfer Instructions page
For International Students
Applicants born outside of the United States are required to take the TOEFL examination. Applicants can be waived from the TOEFL if the applicant was born on a U.S. military base or has completed four years of high school and has a high school diploma from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, or Ireland.
Passing test scores:
- TOEFL iBT: Minimum combined score of 79 with a 26 score or higher in the speaking section.
- TOEFL paper-based exam: Total score of 550 and the Test of Spoken English (TSE) exam with a minimum score of 55.
To review transfer instructions, visit the International Instructions page.
Technical Standards for Admission, Academic Progression, and Graduation can be found here.
Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page on Drexel Central
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.
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.