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Master of Science in Nursing "Bridge" Program

ATTENTION NEW YORK RESIDENTS

Disclaimer:

Drexel University accepts New York residents into this program. Clinical Rotations, however, cannot be in New York State. This will not affect New York certification and licensure.

 

State restrictions may apply to some programs

Program

Drexel's MSN bridge program is for RN's who have a Bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing and now wish to pursue their MSN degree.

To apply, please complete the admission process to the MSN program of your choice. Eligible MSN programs include:
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Public Health Nursing
  • MSN: Quality, Safety, and Risk Management
  • MSN: Leadership in Health Systems Management
  • MSN: Undeclared

Once admitted into the program, students will be required to take a required “bridge course”, NURS 335: Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice. After successful completion of NURS 335, students will progress directly into graduate-level courses. The BSN is not awarded in this program.

 

Applicants to this program must complete the admission process to the MSN program and seek initial advisement from the MSN program academic advisors. The bridge program is available only to students applying for the MSN Advance Role programs. It is not available for students wishing to pursue an MSN Nurse Practitioner degree. To learn more about the program or alternative pathways to becoming a nurse practitioner, contact the individuals listed below.

The graduate program department chair reviews the applicant's file for program eligibility and prerequisites are established on an individual basis.

What you'll learn

The required “bridge course” in the MSN Advance Role Track is NURS 335 Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice (4.5 quarter credits). This class is available entirely online, is delivered in 10-week, quarter term session and includes a required field experience. This course is offered in any given term, and includes mandatory synchronous class meetings. 

Individuals with extensive professional experience may request to waive the bridge course. Contact Mr. Redian Furxhiu or Ms. Jillian Randall for more information.

After successfully completing all requirements and admission to the MSN program, students progress directly into graduate-level courses. (Note: The BSN is not awarded in this program.)

What makes the MSN Bridge program unique?

  • Fast track option for those seeking an MSN degree.
  • Convenient, accelerated format ideal for working professionals.
  • You are part of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions with access to clinical practice environments and simulated health care scenarios.

*The nurse practitioner programs in the Division of Graduate Nursing at Drexel University provide students the flexibility of finding and coordinating their own clinical site and preceptor. The Division of Graduate Nursing offers students resources to assist in this process. Accessibility to clinical sites and preceptors varies from state to state. Students may be required to travel to access clinical sites/preceptors and achieve the necessary clinical hours. Pennsylvania RN licensure is required prior to the start of your clinical components if you will need to travel to Pennsylvania to complete your clinical. While this is not a requirement for admission, we recommend starting the process immediately after admission.

Admission Requirements

Application Deadline

August 24, 2020

Drexel's MSN bridge program is for RN's who have a Bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing and now wish to pursue their MSN degree.


Once admitted into the program, students will be required to take a required “bridge course”, NURS 335: Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice. After successful completion of NURS 335, students will progress directly into graduate-level courses. The BSN is not awarded in this program.

Admissions Requirements:

    • A Bachelor’s degree, in a field other than nursing
    • A current, unrestricted United States RN license
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 If your GPA is lower, you're still encouraged to apply, but should ensure that relevant professional experience is included on your resume. You must also provide two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study.
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Waived for GPAs over 3.0

Tuition and Fee Rates:

Please visit the Drexel Online RN-to-MSN Program tuition page.

COMPLIANCE

The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Drexel University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202.887-6791.