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Master of Science in Nursing "Bridge" Program



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


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.

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.
Pennsylvania RN licensure is required prior to the start of your clinical components. While this is not a requirement for admission, we recommend starting the process immediately after admission.

Admission Requirements

Technical Standards - Nursing 

The RN-to-MSN bridge program is offered to RNs who have a BSN equivalent and wish to pursue their MSN degree. It is not a stand-alone degree program.

To be considered for admission, students must apply to the MSN program they are most interested in pursuing and submit the admissions criteria for that program. Once accepted into the graduate program, they will be instructed to take Bridge Program courses prior to registering for courses within the MSN program.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please note all submitted materials become the property of Drexel University.

Tuition and Fee Rates:

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


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.


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.