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Complimentary and Integrative Therapies Department

Expand Your Professional Reach

Giving you the tools you need to expand your career and help diverse populations through specific and integrative therapies programs taught by clinically experienced faculty.

Complimentary and Integrative Therapies Department

Expand Your Professional Reach

Giving you the tools you need to expand your career and help diverse populations through specific and integrative therapies programs taught by clinically experienced faculty.

Interprofessional Studies

We cultivate collaborative learning experiences by placing a special emphasis on the emerging field of interprofessional care both in our classrooms and at our pioneering healthcare facilities. Our innovative programs cross the barriers between disciplines and specialties in order to generate the most positive patient-centered outcomes while also advancing the field. The College of Nursing and Health Professions offers the following programs:

MS/MSN in Quality, Safety, and Risk Management in Healthcare 

The MS/MSN in Quality, Safety and Risk Management in Healthcare is an interdisciplinary program that prepares you to lead organizational efforts that improve and monitor quality metrics, improve safety for both patients and staff, and manage risks in a dynamic health care environment. This interdisciplinary patient safety and healthcare quality Master of Science is designed for health professionals seeking to develop essential competencies to assess, monitor, and improve healthcare outcomes in community-based care delivery settings, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations.

Doctor of Health Science

The Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) program is designed to be an advanced doctoral degree program open to health professionals seeking leadership roles in education and/or clinical practice. The aim of the program is to prepare health professionals to be leaders in healthcare by acquiring skills as educators, administrators, members of research teams and advocates for best practice.

Interprofessional Certificate Programs:

Issues in Human Trafficking
Service to Veterans
Forensic Trends and Issues in Contemporary Healthcare
Sexual Health and Wellness
Neuroscience, Learning and Online Instruction


News & Events



The College of Nursing and Health Professions is honored to announce that four of its faculty members are grant recipients of the Drexel University Office of Research and Innovation’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Research & Development Fund. The Fund was designated for urgent action, short-term projects focused on COVID-19-related health and health-related research and development. Seventeen awards were given across five categories.

Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, assistant dean, Interprofessional and Collaborative Research; Kymberlee Montgomery, DNP, senior associate dean, Nursing and Student Affairs; and Gloria Gonzalez-Kruger, PhD, assistant clinical professor, along with Michael Weingarten, MD, of Drexel University College of Medicine, received funding for their project “Chronicling the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Physical and Mental Health and Telehealth Care Delivery: Perspectives from Providers and Older Adults.Slide from presentation of Cell2Society Aging Research

This interdisciplinary project, one of several funded in the Connected, Public and Mental Health category, aims to illustrate the facilitators and barriers experienced by healthcare providers as they deploy telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic; depict the health (physical and mental) and social impact of COVID-19 in community-dwelling older adults; and explain the impact of COVID-19 on changes in health, loneliness and access to healthcare in a cohort of individuals with chronic wounds. “The findings from this research project will have an immediate impact on knowledge generation and provide direction for immediate actions and interventions,” said DiMaria-Ghalili.

Woman wearing an AJ Flex t shirt while printing 3D face shieldsA grant was awarded in the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) category to a group including co-principle investigator (co-PI) Ellen Bass, PhD, chair of the Health Systems and Sciences Research department. The project, titled “Covid-19: Design-Build of ‘AJflex Shield’ For Hospitals and Health Systems in the Philadelphia Region,” is being led by Amy Throckmorton, PhD, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, who serves as the PI and Michele Marcolongo, PhD, College of Engineering, another co-PI, will use funds to build durable and reusable face shields to provide to local healthcare workers on the frontlines of the pandemic.

The team designed their own prototype and will use 3D printers across campus and at several external locations, such as SAP, Merck and Accenture, to build the headband component. Then, they will purchase the remaining components, plastic shield, foam headpiece and elastic band, and assemble the AJflex Shields in the Drexel Innovation Studio. United Safety and Survivability of Exton, PA, will distribute the final product to local hospitals.

AJ Flex face shield on 3D printer

Written by Maggie McCrea


Meet the Authors

Please join Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FAAN and Nancy A. Hodgson, PhD, as they celebrate the publication of their new book, Better Living With Dementia: Implications for Individuals, Families, Communities, and Societies (Academic Press).

Better Living With Dementia -  Implications for Individuals, Families, Communities and Societies by Laura N. Gitlin and Nancy Hodgson

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Networking Reception
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Formal program
7:00 p.m. Dessert and coffee service

Mitchell Auditorium
The Bossone Research Enterprise Center

Drexel University
3140 Market Street Philadelphia (Map)

This free event is open to the public, but we request that you RSVP.

Following the networking reception at 5 p.m., we will host presentations and discussions on changing dementia care in Philadelphia moderated by Marie Savard, MD, former ABC News medical contributor.

Setting the Stage for Improving Dementia Care in Philadelphia

Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, distinguished University professor and dean of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions

Nancy A. Hodgson, PhD, the Anthony Buividas Term Chair in Gerontology and associate professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Jason Karlawish, MD, contributing author, professor of medicine, medical ethics and health policy and neurology, at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine as well as co-director of the Penn Memory Center

Panel Discussion: Caregivers and Healthcare Professionals as Ambassadors for Change

Caregiver: Yvonne Latty, director of the reporting New York and reporting the National programs at New York University’s Carter Journalism Institute

Dance/Movement Therapist: Natasha Goldstein-Levitas, MA, BC-DMT ’02, board certified dance/movement therapist and senior and dementia care advisor

Physician: G. Peter Gliebus, MD, interim chair of the department of Neurology, director of the Memory and Cognitive Disorders Center, Drexel Neurosciences Institute, as well as director of the Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship Program


Following the program, Drs. Gitlin and Hodgson will be on hand to sign your copy of their book. Either bring your copy or purchase it on site from Drexel’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore team. Most major credit cards accepted.

For more information about the event, contact Rachel Barnett at 267.359.5936.

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AARP Pennsylvania 

Continue the conversation with Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions’ new AgeWell Collaboratory, a center without walls, bringing together community-based agencies, scholars, policy makers and educators committed to addressing key health challenges facing aging individuals and their families through interprofessional research, education and practice.

Mark your calendar for upcoming AgeWell Collaboratory meetings in 2019.

  • February 19
  • May 16
  • October 2

For more information about the AgeWell Collaboratory, send a brief message to


This is the first edition of R & B News (Rundio & Brooks News) or as we like to refer to it: “R & B (Rhythm & Blues) or R & B Rocks.”

The following are nursing highlights from the past month:

The most significant item to highlight is the excellent Collegiate Commission on Nursing (CCNE) accreditation site visit that we had from February 26th through February 28th, 2018. The CCNE will make their final board decision in early October 2018 regarding our reaccreditation of all nursing programs. So, we cannot state that we have been re-accredited. We can state that we had an accreditation site visit and that we met all four standards and elements with no recommendations.

I want to bring attention to the American Heart Association—a passion of mine for several years now. I became involved while supervisor of emergency services at Atlantic City Medical Center, City Division, now AtlantiCare. While serving as chair of the emergency cardiovascular care committee for New Jersey for three years, I led the way to regionalize this committee becoming the DE-NJ-PA ECC Regional Committee and creating more effective use of resources. A group of representatives from each state, not including me, took up the planning of how the committee would proceed. As a result, they requested that I chair the new regionalized committee. I have served two years thus far.

The committee has changed its focus from being, what I call “the CPR police” to getting CPR and AEDs out in the community and policy changes like mandating CPR and AEDs in schools. I would like to encourage everyone to join You’re the Cure—the American Heart Association’s health policy site. There you’ll be able to learn about significant initiatives by state, communicate with key legislators using sample letters provided, connect with advocates near you and stay up-to-date on the heart and stroke issues that matter most to you. This takes less than five minutes to do. As cardiac arrest happens to any one of us, our loved ones and colleagues, I am really passionate about AHA’s initiative.

If you feel the same as I do, please send me the information requested below and I will send it to AHA for you. Yes, I want to join You’re the Cure.

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In future issues, I will share more about my work with AHA. And, for anyone who really knows me well, there will certainly be some humorous things that have happened.

Congratulations to Suzan Blacher, PhD (c), MSN, RN, CARN on her appointment as chair of the ANCB (Addictions Nursing Certification Board) for the International Nurses Society on Addictions. Congratulations, Professor Blacher!!!

The next issue will focus more on the Health Professions. Please submit any item that you want published in this newsletter, and don’t forget, anyone, faculty, staff and students, can submit items to the Daily Dose.

Clinical Professor of Nursing
Associate Dean for Academic Nursing
Chief Academic Nursing Officer

Stephanie Brooks, PhD, LCSW, LMFT
Clinical Professor
Associate Dean for Academic Health Professions
Director of PMC Program

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