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Undergraduate Nursing Department

Programs Tailored Towards Your Goals

Our unique programs are geared towards helping you succeed and start your career in nursing practice. Choose to complete a BSN with a co-op offering real world employment experience or opt for an accelerated program.

Undergraduate Nursing

The College of Nursing and Health Professions Undergraduate Nursing Department offers three exciting programs that will help you launch your career in the health care field.

Our BSN Co-op Program is a unique way to earn your degree while participating in Drexel's cooperative education model – dividing your time between class and real-world work experience. We also offer an Accelerated Career Entry Program and an RN/BSN Completion Program.

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

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.

Undergraduate Programs

Cooperative Bachelor of Science in Nursing
A general nursing program to prepare you for licensure as a registered nurse.

Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) for Bachelor's of Science in Nursing
Already earned a bachelor's degree in another field? Change careers and become a registered nurse.

RN/BSN Completion Program
Advance your nursing education and earn a bachelor's degree in nursing.

Undergraduate Nursing Faculty

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Alumni Spotlight- Natt Fiumara-soloAfter 18 years in the business world, Natt Fiumara knew he wanted to lean in toward a significant shift, one that would allow him to help people with addictions. Having managed a substance-use disorder, Fiumara was able to see first-hand the immediate need for counselors that were specialists in addictions, competent and empathetic. Searching for programs that might fit his new career direction, he discovered the online Master of Science in Addictions Counseling at CNHP, and decided that this was the right fit. During the program, Fiumara was motivated by the evidence-based curriculum, focused on actionable treatment and innovative approaches.

Inspired by the faculty, particularly, Abby Dougherty, PhD, and Holly Sawyer, PhD, Fiumara took courses that included Trauma and Families, Treatment Planning and Relapse Prevention, and Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences. Faculty shared candid feedback and were transparent about the challenges and expectations in the profession. Case studies and course work dealt with real examples, allowing the students to engage content that would directly relate to their future practice and prepare them for the important work ahead.

During the program, Fiumara engaged with his classmates, who all shared an intentional focus on helping those with addictions. The class was taught exclusively online, and Fiumara and his classmates connected over life experiences and weekly discussions. A professional and supportive environment allowed students to thrive in their pursuit of their educational goals.

Alumni Spotlight- Natt Fiumara

There is great need for addictions counselors, as Fiumara immediately discovered in his job search. His last day of class coincided with his first day of work in his new role as a counselor at a methadone clinic in Baltimore. In a city hit hard by the opioid epidemic, Fiumara devotes extraordinary time and energy to connect with his patients, help them unpack their trauma, and build trust with each person. The opioid epidemic has had devastating consequences in the United States. According to the Department of Health and Human Services in 2018, 10.3 million people in the U.S. misused prescription opioids, 808,000 people used heroin, and around 130 people died a day because of opioid-related drug overdoses. These are not just painful numbers; these are real people that Fiumara works with every day. Their stories are more than statistics, and Fiumara is focused on seeing what is right in each situation, rather than only what is wrong.


Aviva-Mandel-CHOP-co-opAs a high school student who gravitated toward science and medicine, deciding to attend Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) was a focused decision for Aviva Mandel. With a direct curricular path into nursing and the opportunity to gain 18 months of work experience prior to graduation, these distinctive academic and professional hallmarks of CNHP have propelled Mandel toward her goals.

Mandel is beginning her final year at Drexel as a student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, with a minor in exercise science. It was during her second year in the Foundations of Nursing Practice course, which centers on the concepts, skills and attitudes fundamental to professional nursing practice within a framework of clinical decision-making, that she decided that nursing was the right fit for her. The class combined lecture and lab, with particular emphasis on nurse/patient relationship-based care and hands-on experiences.

Professional working experience is central to Drexel’s distinctive educational model. Cooperative Education (co-op), provides students with up to 18 months of real-world work experience with industry leaders, while building an impressive résumé before graduation. This allows students to test-drive careers and see firsthand how the knowledge they've gained in the classroom is applied in the field.

Mandel chose the program that offered her a five-year program, including three distinctive co-op opportunities and 18-months of work experience. Each co-op helped her better understand the type of career she feels most connected to: one that allows her to establish meaningful relationships, helping younger patients to achieve the best health outcomes possible. Her first co-op placement was at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where she shadowed care providers in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU); her second co-op was at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in the transplant unit, where she worked with patients recovering from organ transplants and bariatric surgery; and her last co-op placement brought her back to CHOP, where she spent time in general rehabilitation with children who had been impacted by stroke, traumatic brain injury and other life altering events. This placement allowed Mandel to connect with her patients to see how their health and wellness improved with excellent care over time.Aviva-Mandel-trail

Support from faculty has been an important part of her Drexel experience, specifically engaging with Tasha Martin-Peters, MSN, who is an assistant clinical professor. Mandel was able to connect with Martin-Peters about different fields in nursing, learned important tips to think about as a future practitioner and appreciated her openness to student questions and concerns.

Beginning in her second year and continuing through her fifth, Mandel serves as a tutor for first-year students through the Center for Learning and Academic Success Services. In this role, she helps students, often in their first anatomy and physiology class gain the confidence and knowledge needed to be successful in this challenging course. Mandel has also connected with resource offices on campus, who support her academic goals as a student with dyslexia.

An active student on campus, Mandel is a member of the rock climbing community, where she excels as a top rope climber at the Drexel Recreation Center. Mandel is also part of the inclusive Hillel community at Drexel.


Chris Recinto tuxedo headshotAs a third-year student in Drexel’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, Chris Recinto has explored his broad interests in healthcare and found a connection to nursing. In high school, Recinto was interested in healthcare but was still deciding on a specific application for this potential career path. After exploring the pre-med curriculum, Recinto decided that the diverse specialties and career opportunities in nursing were a better fit. Discovering many points of intersection with business, engineering and the natural sciences, Recinto has excelled in a four-year with one co-op plan, which enables him work for six months during his third year of college.

Advancing through the curriculum, Recinto took Anatomy and Physiology 102 with Michael Kirifides, PhD, an assistant professor in the Health Sciences program, who specializes in the nervous system. In this class students are encouraged to expand their knowledge on the norms of the human body under the foundational premise that form and function are directly related. The course consists of both lab and lecture, where students are able to participate in practical examinations of microscopic sections, tissues and organs and the anatomical layout of various cadavers. Through this course, Recinto became very interested in the nervous system and is seeking a co-op experience that can connect him with this specialized area.

Chris-Recinto-groupSupport from faculty has also been an important part of the experience Recinto has had at the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Whether seeking opportunities outside of the classroom, or reaching out for guidance, faculty have been there to support his goals. For example, Assistant Clinical Professor Jane Donovan, PhD, went out of her way to spend time with Recinto and other students to discuss any academic questions, concerns and highlighted the importance of practice and emotional intelligence. His experience with faculty has helped frame a real-world approach to his future career with support along the way.

Chris, handstand with a friend, in front of City Hall in Philadelphia

As a new student on campus, Recinto initially connected with a group of friends during their new student orientation week. This close group of friends also lives in a shared learning community, part of their residential experience on Drexel’s campus. Whether making Oreo truffles, visiting the Franklin Institute, walking around Philadelphia or ice skating in the city, the friendships they have built are a meaningful part of their Drexel experience and a source of joy and support. On campus, Recinto participates in the Dragon Run Club, the Drexel Student Nurses’ Association and is a member of the Beta Chi Theta fraternity. As a leader on campus, Recinto wants to welcome all new students to Drexel and looks forward to connecting with the future dragons.

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