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Dean's Message

Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, dean and distinguised University professorDear Prospective Student,

I am indeed honored and humbled to introduce myself to you as the new Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University.

I was attracted to Drexel University because of its central mission of civic engagement and the College of Nursing and Health Profession's commitment to social justice, health equity and interprofessional education, research and practice. I have been very impressed with the ambition and passion of the College of Nursing and Health Professions' students, faculty and staff to address complex health issues, including health inequalities and social determinants on health - like housing, education and the environment - and the use of creative therapies and novel interprofessional approaches to make people's lives better. I see our College students, faculty and staff working from a strong sense of purpose - that is, all of us are trying to make powerful and transformative contributions to the health and wellbeing of our communities, both from our respective disciplines as well as through interprofessional efforts.

Throughout my career, I have been committed to exploring connections between the health and life space of vulnerable individuals and designing programs and strategies that can make life better in collaboration with nurses, health professionals and communities. 

The College has its own unique interdisciplinary practices where students learn and work with faculty in practicing clinical skills. Drexel’s partnerships with employers of health professionals through its Co-operative Education program, affords the opportunity for its undergraduate nursing and health professions students to work in the best health care institutions, regionally and nationally, as part of their program of study. We integrate experiential learning and work for future health professionals like no other university. This approach challenges the notion of “best practice” with “real practice” and helps our students to achieve the highest learning and clinical outcomes, while gaining a competitive edge in the job market.

Imagine yourself learning in the College’s Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation, honing your clinical skills through finely crafted patient scenarios with high-fidelity manikins, medical moulage and patient actors in replicated treatment rooms. Think about working with top-notch clinicians and researchers at the College’s nationally-recognized Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services, a nurse-led and interprofessional community health and wellness center built on the foundation of integrated care. Our Dornsife Community Wellness HUB, serves the residents of the nearby Mantua and Powelton Village communities by providing screenings, health care education, individual, couple and family therapy, cooking demonstrations and referrals. The Parkway Health & Wellness clinical practice and research site, located in the heart of the City’s arts district features our Running Performance & Research Center, named Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly® 2015 - Best Place to Fix Your Running Form.

Another standout facet of Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions is our Philadelphia location. Here, you are situated within one the top national health care and pharmaceutical hubs – a rich environment for student learning at institutions like the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the number- two-ranked children’s hospital in the U.S.

Our results are proven. The College has 14 nationally accredited clinical programs. Pass rates for professional licensing and board certifications are well above the national mean, with nine programs boasting a 100% pass rate with most of our programs consistently achieving a first-time pass rates above 95%!

On January 10, 2018, US News and World Report published their 2018 Best Jobs list and 47 of the top 100 are in healthcare. Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner are numbers 3 and 4 on that list with no surprise as the demand for more skilled healthcare professionals skyrockets. This expansion can be attributed to a few factors including a move to patient and family centered care models and an aging population. We have premier clinicians and researchers in person and family-centered care and aging who can prepare you for these changing societal trends.

Regardless of the career path you choose, a decision to pursue a career among the next generation of healthcare industry leaders at the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions is a wise one. Drexel is different. We practice what we teach and we want to teach you to practice.


Laura N. Gitlin, PhD
Dean and Distinguished University Professor

To see CNHP Highlights and Professional Licensing and Board Certification Results, click here (downloadable PDF).