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Graduate Nursing

The College of Nursing and Health Professions Graduate Nursing Department offers various graduate level nursing degree programs and graduate nursing certificate programs to help students advance their careers in nursing and health professions.

As a part of the Graduate Nursing Department, you will join a community of clinicians, researchers, faculty, and students in your journey toward advanced nursing practice. 

Students can choose from exciting career paths and take courses that span the gamut of nursing education. Whether you want to focus on clinical practice, research, nursing leadership, becoming an entrepreneur, or are interested in a wide variety of nursing education roles, the Drexel Graduate Nursing Department has a program pathway for you.

We invite you to explore the degree programs offered through this department that will help you begin your career in nursing. Please explore our web pages for a wealth of information about our programs, students, faculty, research and clinical practice.

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Drexel University's Online RN-MSN "bridge" program is available for nurses who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing and now wish to pursue an MSN degree.

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03/23/20

“I attribute my success to this—I never gave or took any excuse.” Florence Nightingale

Loading up a car curbsideThe College of Nursing and Health Professions espouses a deep-rooted belief that we all have a purpose that motivates us to do what we do. You will hear nurses and health professionals, especially in the face of great challenges, say things like “I can’t do anything but care for others. It’s in my DNA.”

On Friday, March 20, people, whose purpose is to ensure our students are successful in the pursuit of their own passions, got together to rescue and ship the bags ACE students typically receive in the spring for their clinical work. Senior Associate Dean Kym Montgomery, DNP, got a team together including Owen Montgomery, MD, Anthony Angelow, PhD, chair of Advanced Practice Nursing, Nurse Practitioner and DNP Programs, Jennifer Olszewski, EdD, chair of Accelerated Nursing Program, John Cornele, MSN, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation & Practice, James Heinz, director of finance, Deborah Clegg, PhD, associate dean for research, Karen Dinan, program coordinator BSN-Accelerated Nursing, Justin Wentzel, academic advisor, Kate Stephens, Strategic Operations & Academic Svs, and Kate Morse, PhD, assistant dean for Experiential Learning and Innovation, to pull off what she’s calling the “Great ACE Heist.Jennifer Olszewski sorting through materials to pack student nursing bags

A cart filled with more than 100 bags getting ready to ship to ACE nursing students for the spring term“We had to move more than 100 bags from NCB and gather the iPads stored in Three Parkway before everything shut down,” Montgomery said. “Students would have received the bags in person on their first day of class.” In whatever manner possible, the bags were assembled and sent to UPS for delivery to the students before the end of the day. “Everyone worked quickly and safely to assure our ACE students will have success when they start spring quarter virtually,” explained Montgomery.

Teamwork, especially while dealing with something that is so uncertain, is a hallmark of CNHP. This group, as with many others we will likely see during this crisis, did not hesitate for a second in getting this task done. They report that doing this—from getting accurate lists, to providing numbers and emails, and bag packing, cart rolling, heavy box loading, unloading, sorting, stuffing, reloading—included lots of laughing, smiling, elbow bumping and playing roles outside the norm like Wentzel's of UPS coordinator.Justin Wentzel sorting student nursing bags preparing to ship to students

Written by Roberta S. Perry

03/05/20

2020 People of Purpose Honorees standing in a group with Dean Laura N. Gitlin, PhDBy Autumn Wells '23

On Thursday, February 20, the 2020 People of Purpose were honored for their outstanding demonstration of purpose and service in their daily lives. This is the second year that the College has chosen People of Purpose.

The College of Nursing and Health Professions set out to tell the College’s “story” in 2018 by honoring the extraordinary lives of their students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners. “This project is an important way by which we seek to celebrate and lift up that sense of service and caring and make it a more visible part of our culture,” Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions said as she welcomed more than 80 guests to the 2020 People of Purpose event.

“Having a sense of purpose is good news for all us,” she added. “As a researcher in the field of aging and health, I can tell you that the evidence is strong: having a sense of purpose is linked to very important positive mental health and physical health outcomes including greater longevity. A sense of purpose helps people to live better and longer.” Gitlin then introduced this year's People of Purpose who include the College's faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners.

Roberta Perry—the assistant director of marketing and communications at the College and project manager—chose to rely on the words of a great author to pass on her message. “Mark Twain said that the two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” Perry, shared why individuals were being recognized for the efforts they have put forth, and it only seemed fitting to use a quote that so aptly described the importance of finding the meaning of life. She added “what a blessing it is to have these individuals who figure this out so early in their lives as part of the college community.”

People of Purpose honoree Marcia Penn standing next to her storyChosen for her story of overcoming cancer and dedicating her life to helping others do the same, director of special projects and executive assistant, Marcia Penn, gave the closing speech. She discussed her 1999 cancer diagnosis and the treatment process she went through: a lumpectomy, four rounds of chemotherapy, and 30 days of radiation. She had a two-year-old son at the time and knew that she needed to be there for him. “I surely experienced some pain and suffering,” said Penn, “but because of a loving family, caring colleagues, and a great medical team, I can stand here 20 years later, continue telling my story, and be part of a new cancer impact initiative here at the College of Nursing and Health Professions.”

“I have been touched by the lives of others through my experiences, and helping others has become my purpose every day,” Penn continued.

The three main goals for this project are 1) tell the story of CNHP, 2) focus on who CNHP is and the incredible things they are doing, and 3) support the strategic goals of the College. Writers Jack Croft and John Beilenson from SCP, Peggy Peterson Photography and Lynn Clouser, director of the Drexel Collection, helped capture and display the stories and photos of the People that best represented purpose.

The 2019 and 2020 People of Purpose and their stories are displayed on the walls of the tenth and sixth floors of the College located at 1601 Cherry Street. The exhibition is open to all during business hours. The information is also available online.People of Purpose honoree Margaret Finley looking at her story hanging on the wall

Autumn Wells is a first-year student and is studying communications. This article first appeared in the Triangle on February 29, 2020.

10/15/18

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

RSVP HERE

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 agewell@drexel.edu.

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