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Drexel Students Graduate as Nurses in 11 Months

October 6, 2009

WHAT: After only 11 months of school, more than 130 second-career students will graduate as nurses. Hundreds will gather to celebrate at the unique “pinning ceremony,” when the students will be awarded their nursing pins, a 1,000-year old symbol of service to others.

Drexel’s Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) Program is a full-time, intensive Baccalaureate Nursing Program for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field and are interested in changing careers. The ACE Program is 11 months in length, the shortest accelerated program in the country. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in under a year, as opposed to the traditional course of three or four years.

WHO: More than 130 graduates from a variety of different backgrounds bring a wealth of diversity to the profession. WHERE/WHEN: Sheraton Philadelphia Center City 16th and Race Streets Tuesday October 6, at 7 p.m.

VISUALS: Men and women from all walks of life are awarded their nursing pins. With enthusiasm, and deep sighs of relief, ACE grads are pinned by parents, spouses, children, family and friends. BACKGROUND: Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions enrolls approximately 3,100 students. The College includes 15 programs, 145 full-time faculty and affiliations with some of the finest health care institutions in the U.S.

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Frank Sinatra, Simon PR for the College of Nursing and Health Professions, 215-545-4715 x23, 856-217-5053 (cell) or franks@simonpr.com

Niki Gianakaris, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or ngianakaris@drexel.edu

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