Response to COVID-19
Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions is committed to preserving and maintaining the health and safety of all members of its community. The University continues to monitor closely the coronavirus outbreak and is following guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Public Health and Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
The Philadelphia Board of Health rescinded the City of Philadelphia’s indoor mask requirement that had led to a change in Drexel’s masking policy. The Health Commissioner noted that hospitalizations are down and attributes this to the public’s understanding of how to appropriately assess risk and wear a mask indoors.
At Drexel, coincident with the announcement of this change, we are returning to the guidelines that were in effect prior to the City mandate. However, masks will now also be optional on Drexel’s shuttles. We recognize these changes are rapid and confusing. Cases of COVID-19 infection are still at a level among our population to continue masking in the classroom setting and a few other areas. Effective immediately, revised guidelines are as follows:
Masks are still REQUIRED in:
- All classrooms, laboratories and studios that are being used for lectures or instructional purposes
- Disability Resources testing spaces
- Ticketed events in Mandell and the Urban Annex Black Box Theaters, and dance studios (attendees must wear masks)
- All health care facilities—including, but not limited to: Student Health Services, Occupational Health Services and the Counseling Center
- All health care rotations in the College of Nursing and Health Professions and College of Medicine, and co-op health care positions
Masks are OPTIONAL in:
- Non-clinical office spaces and meeting rooms
- Drexel University Libraries
- Shared workspaces (unless in health care settings)
- Research spaces (unless when the space is being used for a class or if masking is required for research purposes)
- Common areas of buildings including restrooms, stairwells and elevators
- Drexel shuttles
- University Housing (unless you are isolating in place)
- The Drexel Recreation Center and the Daskalakis Athletic Center
For the most up-to-date information and to learn more about the University’s response and messaging, the Drexel Health Checker, the COVID-19 dashboard, COVID-19 testing policies and procedures, what to do if you feel sick, and vaccination, please visit Drexel’s Coronavirus Website.
For Current Students:
Clinical experiences for the fall quarter are occurring in person. Please contact your department or program chair for specific program decisions.
Please visit the CNHP Clinical Compliance webpage for current requirements.
If you’ve been identified as a contact to a case of COVID-19 and you have been vaccinated:
- First, you must contact student health (215-220-4700). You should log your exposure into the Drexel Health Tracker app as well.
- Monitor yourself for symptoms. Symptoms of infection in vaccinated individuals may be very mild and easily dismissed or mistaken for allergies or a routine cold.
If you have any symptoms at all:
- Contact Student Health or your medical provider to be tested for COVID. Stay home and isolate. Do not come to work, class, practice, rehearsal, or any event with other people. You should get a PCR test within 24 hours.
If you are feeling well:
- You may participate in indoor events and gatherings (e.g., come to work, class, etc.) but you must wear a face mask at all times while indoors.
- If you wish to eat on campus, you must eat outdoors, distanced from others. Limit eating indoors and with others. If you wish to eat with others, it’s best to sit in outside settings, if possible.
- You MUST have a test for SARS CoV-2 on day 5 after your exposure.
Academic advisors are available and happy to meet with you in person, by phone or through a virtual format. You can schedule appointments with them by contacting them directly or by accessing your Drexel One portal.
The Drexel Center for Academic Learning Success Services (CLASS) is open. Students can access services here. Their services include academic coaching, tutoring, seminars and more.
The Steinbright Career Development Center is the best resource for your co-op questions. Co-ops are unique to each student and each employer offers diverse opportunities. Students should contact their co-op advisor with any questions or concerns about their co-op.
Please contact your academic advisor or your faculty member depending on your concern. They can always point you in the right direction.
Please visit the Drexel Global webpage for additional information.
With help from local students in Philadelphia, we curated a list of resources in various categories that can help you find solutions and support to common financial roadblocks that you may encounter during the college experience.
Please contact your undergraduate admissions representative. They are happy to help.
Join admissions representatives for One-on-One Live Chats.
For program specific questions please email: askCNHP@drexel.edu.
Please visit our individual Practice webpages for additional information.