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Drexel's Nursing Accelerated Career Entry BSN Options

Drexel's 11-month and 24-month Accelerated Career Entry BSN programs are for students who already have a bachelor's degree and are looking to receive their BSN in a faster timeframe. Together, you will often hear the programs referred to as "ACE." ACE is an innovative program that is geared towards students who will benefit from an accelerated education in nursing science rather than a traditional three- or four-year program.

ACE provides intensive immersion in nursing science, as well as facilitated entrance into nursing practice. Both rigorous programs prepare you to take a position as a registered nurse in several types of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics and offices, or insurance and pharmaceutical companies.

About the Program

Drexel offers two Accelerated Nursing BSN program schedule options to meet your needs:

ACE BSN 11-month Daytime and Afternoon Option

The ACE 11-month option is a full-time nursing program for individuals who can commit to class and related course activity during the day, five days a week. The intensive course of study provides students the opportunity to fast-track their nursing career in four consecutive 10-week terms — less than a year.

  • Weekday, evening, and/or Saturday classes, and clinical work may be required. The majority of classes are held on campus.

ACE BSN 24-month Evening and Weekend Option

ACE 24-month is a nursing program for individuals who can commit to class and related course activity during the evenings and weekends. The combination of its online and in-class structure provides flexibility as well as face-to-face connections with faculty and other students. Students progress as a cohort and complete the program in eight consecutive 10-week terms — less than two years.

  • Evening, every other Saturday and Sunday classes, and clinical work are required. Classes are held online and on campus.

What Makes Our Programs Unique?

  • A National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) pass rate of 97–100%.
  • A convenient, accelerated format.
  • As part of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, students have access to expansive clinical affiliations and environments, innovative curricula, well-versed faculty, and simulated health care scenarios.

What Skills Will I Earn as an ACE Graduate?

You will:

  • 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.

The majority of our students take positions in hospital settings such as medical, surgical, critical care, emergency room, obstetrics, pediatrics, oncology, psychiatric, and gerontological units.

MSN Early Assurance Program

Academically excellent students in Drexel University's ACE program may be eligible for the MSN Early Assurance Program, an accelerated pathway to select MSN programs.

Students entering the fourth quarter of the ACE program can 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.

ACE students should apply for early assurance at the beginning of their fourth quarter.

For early assurance availability and admission requirements, visit the Graduate programs page. From the page of your program of interest, find the representative to contact on the right-hand side.

Admission Requirements

The most competitive applications have at least an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 from your bachelor's degree, strong last 60 credits GPA (3.0 or better) and prerequisite grades (B or better, especially in science courses). Applicants whose native language is not English and/or were born outside of the United States are required to take the TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and receive a passing score. Students must take prerequisite courses before matriculating in the Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) Program.


Prerequisites for ACE 11-month and ACE 24-month are the same and we do not waive or substitute prerequisite courses.

The prerequisite courses below must be completed by August 1 for fall entrance and January 15 for spring entrance. Applicants with a greater number of prerequisites completed will be considered more competitive. Transcripts are not evaluated until you are admitted into the program.

  • Bachelor's degree
  • English Composition: 3 semester credits
  • Developmental psychology (lifespan): 3 semester credits
  • Human nutrition: 3 semester credits
  • Statistics: 3 semester credits
  • General Chemistry I with Lab: 4 semester credits (Science or Allied Health Majors)
  • Anatomy with lab OR Anatomy and Physiology I with lab: 4 semester credits
  • Physiology with lab OR Anatomy and Physiology II with lab: 4 semester credits
  • Microbiology with lab: 4 semester credits

Three of the four science prerequisites need to be completed at the time of application, with the Anatomy/Physiology sequence courses being two of them. Anatomy, physiology, and microbiology must be taken within five years prior to enrollment in the ACE Program. Chemistry must be taken within 10 years prior to enrollment.

Note: Prerequisites are based on a semester-based institutions. For example, if the anatomy/physiology courses are taken at a quarter-based institution, Anatomy/Physiology I, II and III must be taken to meet the requirement.

Prerequisite Course Equivalencies

You may take prerequisite courses at any regionally accredited university or community college and you must earn a grade of "C" or higher for credits to transfer. Online courses can be accepted if they were taken at a regionally accredited college or university. View course equivalencies from schools near us:

View the College of Nursing and Health Professions' Technical Standards for Admission, Academic Progression, and Graduation for more information.


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, so please plan accordingly.

Admission Application Deadlines

Fall Term (September)

Deadline Documents Due
October 15 Nursing ACE 11-month and 24-month: Priority deadline fall term admission applications due. (Applications received after deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the class is full.) Note: Review for this program begins one year in advance of term start date.
Rolling Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) due. We encourage you to file this as soon as possible so that we can provide you with the most comprehensive financial aid package. Visit How to Apply for Aid for more information.

Spring Term (Late March/Early April)

Deadline Documents Due
April 15 Nursing ACE 11-month: Priority deadline spring term admission applications due. (Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the class is full.) Note: Review for this program begins one year in advance of term start date.
Rolling FAFSA due. We encourage you to file this as soon as possible so that we can provide you with the most comprehensive financial aid package. Visit How to Apply for Aid for more information.

How to Apply for Admission

The following materials are required to complete your application.

Undergraduate Admission Application

To be considered for our accelerated (11- or 24-month) BSN program, you must have a bachelor's degree or be on track to receive your bachelor's degree with proof of conferment by August 1 (for fall admission) or January 15 (for spring admission). Using Drexel University's Admission Application, select "Accelerated Career Entry Nursing" as your application. If you do not already have a bachelor's degree or are seeking our traditional BSN program, select "Undergraduate Transfer Full-time" as your application.

To expedite the application process, please write your full name (no nicknames, please) on all items submitted. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are required to provide their Social Security number to be considered for financial aid. If you need to make changes after submitting your application, please email or call 215.895.2400.


Official transcript(s) from each institution (college, trade or tech school) you have attended must be sent directly to Drexel from your college or university, otherwise your admission decision may be delayed. The transcript(s) should include all courses in progress and completed.

All ACE applicants who have coursework from an institution outside of the United States — except study abroad — must provide a course-by-course transcript evaluation, instead of the actual transcript, from one of the following agencies:

World Education Services (WES)
International Consultants of Delaware
Educational Credential Evaluators

Standardized Test Scores

Applicants who were born outside of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, or Ireland — regardless of citizenship, native language, or location of degree-granting institutions — are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination. Results must be forwarded to the Admissions Office. Drexel encourages you to submit scores each time you take this exam. All students should use Drexel's TOEFL code, 2194, to send us score reports.

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.
• IELTS: Minimum combined score of 6.5 with a 7.5 score or higher on the speaking section.

The TOEFL can be waived if the applicant falls into one of these categories:
• Born on a U.S. military base.
• Completed four years of high school and received a high school diploma from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, or Ireland.

Applicants who meet the above requirements who wish to request a waiver of the TOEFL exam must submit a copy of their high school transcript(s) reflecting all four years of attendance and graduation date. Transcripts may be sent via email to, fax to 215.895.1285, or mail to the address below.

Mailing Addresses

By Postal Mail By Express Courier
(DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.)
Drexel University
Application Processing
PO Box 34789
Philadelphia, PA 19101
Drexel University
Application Processing
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2876

Upcoming Information Sessions


Information Sessions for admitted ACE students take place throughout the year. The next session will be held on Saturday, August 26. For more information, please call 1.800.2.DREXEL or log in to Discover Drexel.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition Rates for 2017–2018

Program Tuition Per Term Fees Per Term
Nursing Accelerated Career Entry 11-Month Day $12,408 $50
Nursing Accelerated Career Entry 24-Month Evening and Weekend $6,205 $13


Program First Term Standardized Patient Fees First Term CNHP Program Fees
Nursing Accelerated Career Entry 11-Month Day $300 $3,100
Nursing Accelerated Career Entry 2-Year Program $300 $1,650

View Undergraduate Tuition and Fee Rates for Housing, Dining Plans and Miscellaneous Fees.

Financial Aid Information

We have several financing options available to ACE students and their families. Please note that this program is not eligible for institutional aid.

  • Federal Direct Student Loans – These loans are awarded based upon the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The government offers both subsidized and unsubsidized loans to undergraduate students. You can find information about loan eligibility on the Student Aid website.
  • Private Scholarships – You can search and apply for scholarships from private organizations that can help finance your ACE education. The eligibility criteria for these scholarships are determined by the organizations offering them. Drexel recommends you use one of the following search engines when looking for private scholarships:

Complete the FAFSA U.S. (Citizens and Permanent Residents Only)

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents interested in Drexel's federal and state need-based financial aid should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can review instructions for completing the FAFSA and start the application using Drexel's school code, 003256, any time after October 1 on the FAFSA website. You will not be packaged for financial aid without filing a FAFSA.

You should not wait to be accepted to Drexel to submit the FAFSA. We strongly encourage you to complete it as soon as possible.

Proof of Financial Responsibility (International Applicants Only)

It is Drexel's expectation that every family fulfills and understands the financial responsibility for educational costs at Drexel. Since you and your family or sponsors must assume responsibility for your student expenses, Drexel requires proof of financial responsibility that shows sufficient financial support for education in the United States in order to obtain a student visa for students who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Review the information for New International Students to learn about the I-20/DS-2019 application process.

Alternative Financing Options

  • Payment Plans – Drexel offers quarterly payment plans via Tuition Management Systems (TMS) to allow families to spread a balance due for a particular quarter into monthly installments.
  • Private Education Loans – Private education loans are available to students who are credit-worthy and/or have an eligible cosigner. Drexel strongly recommends considering all other financing options before utilizing private education loans.


The following courses are required for this degree.

Required Courses
NURS 120 Contemporary Health Care 3.0
NURS 121 Relationship-Based Nursing Care 3.0
NURS 220 Foundations of Nursing Practice 8.0
NURS 221 Concepts of Pathophysiology in Nursing 3.0
NURS 222 Medication Principles 3.0
NURS 223 Clinical Concepts 2.0
NURS 320 Health and Illness Concepts I 6.0
NURS 321 Health and Illness Concepts II 6.0
NURS 322 Mental Health Concepts 6.0
NURS 323 Nursing Pharmacology Concepts I 3.0
NURS 326 Reproductive Health Concepts 6.0
NURS 327 Population Health Concepts 6.0
NURS 328 Pediatric Health Concepts 6.0
NURS 329 Nursing Pharmacology Concepts II 3.0
NURS 420 Health and Illness Concepts III 6.0
NURS 421 Holistic Gerontological Nursing 6.0
NURS 422 Leadership Concepts in Nursing 3.0
NURS 423 Research Basis of Nursing Practice 4.0
NURS 495 Comprehensive Nursing Concepts 3.0
Total Credits 86.0


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 Outcomes

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