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RN to BSN Completion 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.


The Drexel Online RN to BSN Completion program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is an option for nurses who hold an associate's degree or a diploma in nursing looking to complete their degree in Bachelor of Science.

This program offers optimal convenience for working professionals. All general electives can be transferred, up to 135 of the 180 required quarter credits. We know you are very busy as you balance multiple demands on your time, and that you have knowledge and experience as a registered nurse to bring to your educational experience. Therefore, credit is given for completed RN licensure courses.

A BSN is awarded at the completion of the program. Qualified students are encouraged to submatriculate in the MSN program (RN/BSN/MSN pathway) while enrolled in the BSN program. They can submit applications for MSN programs during the last term of the RN – BSN program.

What you'll learn

While maintaining a maximum of 1:25 faculty to student online class ratio, Drexel University incorporates a wide assortment of teaching methods and interactive tools into each online course.

In an effort to provide a supportive learning environment, faculty are personally engaged with students online, are committed to their success, and are expert at working with adult learners returning to school. All online courses are delivered primarily asynchronously – allowing students the flexibility to complete their coursework at a time that is convenient for them. Synchronous sessions are planned in advanced and archived in the event a student cannot attend.

The Drexel BSN program is delivered utilizing the following teaching methods:

  • Problem based learning - engaging students in real life, experiential learning- students are expected to engage with leaders both in the healthcare system where they work and the community where they live.
  • Virtual simulated patient experiences- students interact and assess both digital standardized patients and live volunteers. Nurses perform high level assessments on patient volunteers, record the sessions via a Webcam and then uploaded into an online course.
  • Discussion group forums are held with other practicing nursing from across the nation. Online discussions with other professionals fosters real time clinical problem solving. Nurses can implement what they learn the next day when they return to the bedside.
  • Access to Drexel's state of the art online Health Science e-library is part of every course. Here students learn to search, discover what evidence exists, learn how to interpret it, and apply it to improve patient outcomes.
  • A 10-day, award winning study abroad option is incorporated into a clinical course – this provides an achievable way for working professionals to enhance their global health care delivery perspective.

What makes the RN – BSN Completion program unique?

  • This degree offers a convenient pathway to MSN programs.
  • Optional online courses are 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.


  • RN licensure (provisional acceptance will generally be offered pending successful completion of NCLEX-RN exam),
  • Official college transcripts,
  • College GPA of 2.0 or better,
  • High school degree or equivalent, and
  • To be eligible for admission to the bachelor of science in nursing program, students must have completed 60 hours of college prerequisites, as follows, with a grade of "C" or better. Students may transfer up to 90 credits. Remaining credits will be evaluated on an individual basis. To graduate, students must have completed 180 credits.

The 60 semester required hours include:

  • English (includes one semester of composition) 6.0
  • Humanities (studio courses not acceptable) 3.0
  • Anatomy and physiology 8.0
  • Microbiology 4.0
  • Sociology 3.0
  • Growth and development 3.0
  • Nursing 30.0

Articulation Credits

Graduates of National League for Nursing–accredited associate or diploma nursing programs who meet criteria of the Pennsylvania Nursing Articulation Model will receive credit for 30 semester hours of nursing, which may be applied toward the program entrance requirements

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.

For Transferring Students

To review transfer instructions, visit the Transfer Instructions page.

For International Students

To review transfer instructions, visit the International Instructions page.

Technical Standards for Admission, Academic Progression, and Graduation can be found here.


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.


CCNE: The baccalaureate/master’s program at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 (202.887.6791)

Program Level Outcomes

At Drexel University we believe that a well-formulated set of Program Level Outcomes [PLO] that support and are consistent with the institutional mission and goals are the building blocks of an effective assessment program. 

Click here to view the College of Nursing and Health Professions Nursing Program Level Outcomes.