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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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The College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) benefits from having faculty and professional staff committed to its long-term success. The college recognizes it, and so does the university. President John Fry expressed his gratitude to the 2021 Years of Service Recognition Honorees in his video message. “In this group, there is a wealth of talent, continuity, experience, humanity, leadership and institutional memory,” Fry acknowledged. Paul Jensen, PhD, Executive Vice President and Nina Henderson Provost, specifically mentioned the significance of these qualities in his greeting. “We look to our institutional memory for perspective, not just to merely know where this university has been. We rely on your insights to help us understand where Drexel should go in the future,” explained Jensen.

Their perspective and insights have allowed the university and college to adapt to higher education’s changing reality during a surge of coronavirus in the United States. During the pandemic, through the perseverance of these honorees and all our faculty and professional staff, the college has continued to offer every educational opportunity to our future healthcare and service leaders. “I am reminded daily how important the work our professional staff and faculty do,” shared CNHP Dean Laura N. Gitlin, PhD. “It exemplifies our mission and creates lasting change in our local and global communities.”

Representing every facet of the college, the 54 individuals recognized below from CNHP have a combined 575 years of service in educating students and promoting health equity and social justice locally and around the world.

5 Years of Service

  • Rita Adeniran
    Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Rachel Barnett
    Executive Assistant to the Dean
  • Michael Bruneau
    Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Natalie Carlton
    Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Art Therapy and Counseling
  • Abby Dougherty
    Director of Counseling Program and Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Lauren Dye Netti
    Center for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation and Practice (CICSP) Lab Manager
  • Shannon Edwards
    Student Services Manager
  • Jane Greene Ryan
    Associate Professor
  • Zach Hathaway
    Project Manager
  • Renee Kulba
    Project Manager
  • James Lipczynski
    IT Support Specialist II
  • George Merritt
    IT Support Specialist II
  • Kevin Mitchell
    Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Paul Nicgorski
    Assessment and Blackboard Specialist
  • Roberta Perry
    Associate Director of Content Strategy
  • Tiara Quann
  • Allison Rusgo
    Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Meaghan Shattuck
    Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Charles Stream
    Associate Clinical Professor
  • Chayna Taylor
  • Denise Way
    Assistant Professor
  • Melinda Webster
    Project Coordinator
  • Glenn Williams
    Chair, Executive Director of Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and Associate Professor

10 Years

  • Michael Boyle
    Program Director
  • Veronica Carey
    Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Clinical Professor
  • Nyree Dardarian
    Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of the Center for Nutrition & Performance
  • Anginita De Ramus
    Simulation and Clinical Lab Specialist II
  • Diane DePew
    Associate Clinical Professor
  • Fred DiCostanzo
    Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Undergraduate Program
  • Helene Engel
    Program Administrator
  • Ellen Giarelli
    Associate Professor
  • Amanda Keen
    Associate Director of Diversity, Health Professions and Student Affairs
  • Robert Maschi
    Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Susan Romano-Benigno
    Contract Coordinator
  • Kate Skladanek
    Senior Academic Advisor
  • Kay Swartzwelder
    Associate Clinical Professor

15 Years

  • Kirsten Connolly
    ACE Nursing Admission and Retention Manager
  • Alecia Fox
    Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Stephen Gambescia
    Clinical Professor and Director of Doctor of Health Science program
  • Julie Kinzel
    Interim Department Chair, Program Director and Associate Clinical Professor
  • Jennifer Olszewski
    Chair, Nursing Accelerated Career Entry Program and Assistant Professor
  • Gail Partridge
    Program Assistant and Nurse Practitioner
  • Anna Pohuly
    Executive Assistant II
  • Kusuma Schofield
    Administrative Coordinator III
  • Joanne Serembus
    Associate Clinical Professor and Drexel Online Learning Council Fellow
  • Susan Solecki
    Associate Clinical Professor
  • Rhonda Wittlin
    Assistant Director of Health Professions

20 Years

25 Years

Written by Roberta S. Perry


Computer monitor in the simulation lab control room showing action around a hospital bed with nurses in scrubs and gowns.There is no doubt that Drexel students are focused and smart. They are ambitious. They are leaders. And they are changing the world.

This ethos is at the heart of the University's Ambition Can't Wait campaign launched in 2016. The Offices of Enrollment Management & Student Success and University Communications recognize that telling Drexel students' compelling stories and experiences give people a true sense of what makes Drexel unique beyond its well-known and respected cooperative education and legacy degree programs. "Ambition Can't Wait is a reputational, elevation campaign. It is about awareness," commented Joe Master, assistant vice president of Marketing & Digital Strategy in University Communications. "Our Drexel nursing and health care professionals perfectly embody the spirit of Ambition Can't Wait and illustrate Drexel's commitment to service and support for others," continued Master.

Play button in the center of a photo with three nurses pushing a hospital bed.

Having created a series of television commercials, they selected to feature a College of Nursing and Health Professions' disaster simulation exercise in this, the University’s fourth ad. "We wanted to present Drexel's disaster response program where students are given an emergency situation and must respond in real-time," shared Craig E. Kampes, associate vice president of Communications and Marketing in the Office of Enrollment Management & Student Success. "It is a wonderful example of how Drexel's model of experiential education truly prepares future leaders for a changing world," he asserted.

Black male in scrubs and a gown preparing to use ventilation bag on a manikin while another nurse looks on. Over the last two years, healthcare and service professionals have been unimaginably challenged during the COVID-19 pandemic. "I can't think of a better time to celebrate Drexel's nursing and health professionals, given the past few years,” Kampes commented. “They truly are heroes — and it is a pleasure to be able to work on a collaborative team to tell their stories,” Master concluded.

Watch the 30-second commercial here.

Watch the 60-second commercial here.

Written by Roberta S. Perry


December 2021

The Health Science Building now has permanent power, and it is watertight with curtain wall (exterior) completed. The service elevators should be operational by early March, and the passenger cars up and running by end of March. The flooring installation should be starting on the second floor within three weeks. The HVAC system chilled beam has been installed up to the fourth level. Things are moving along!

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Exterior of Health Sciences Building

Exterior of Health Sciences Building

Exterior of Health Sciences Building

Exterior of Health Sciences Building

October 2021

Construction on our future home is moving along! The building perimeter is almost complete and should be “zippered up” by the end of November.

Core and shell work (elevators, toilet rooms and stairs) are really taking shape. The HVAC work is in place, metal stud installation is up to the 12th floor and drywall work is underway on the lower floors. Visible spaces and rooms are replacing the big empty floors. Interior photos to come soon.

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photo from ground looking up at new health sciences building mid-construction

distance photo from end of sidewalk of new health sciences building with cranes on roof

June 2021

Photo of Drexel Academic Tower construction

May 2021

Cement trucks ready to start pouring concrete floors of the new building.

Cement trucks ready to start pouring concrete floors of the new building.

March 2021

Six cement trucks lined up to pour the concrete floors.

Cement trucks ready to start pouring concrete floors of the new building.

Cement trucks ready to start pouring concrete floors of the new building.

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January 2021

Photo of Drexel Academic Tower construction 

Photo of Drexel Academic Tower construction 

Photo of Drexel Academic Tower construction

December 2020

When the announcement about a new home for the College of Nursing and Health Professions was made in May 2019, no one could have imagined that construction would be delayed by a global pandemic. It was expected that groundbreaking would be in spring 2020 with a substantial completion delivery of mid-2022. Beginning in late July, it is still the hope to maintain the same timeline.

Google Earth screenshot of the location of the Drexel Academic Tower

With CNHP being the first occupants of the new facility, some of the College of Medicine’s administrative functions, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies and its first- and second-year medical program will join the College in phases. President Fry, in a message to the University in late 2019, said “at the new academic building, many of Drexel’s health-related programs will be under one roof, enhancing opportunities for interdisciplinary education in a facility that affords health sciences students, faculty and professional staff the best possible environment for continued development and growth.”
































































































































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