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RN-BSN-MSN Accelerated

State Regulations and Restrictions

Drexel’s Dual Accelerated RN-BSN-MSN program is uniquely designed for nurses who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. The program emphasizes the development of competencies related to the use of technology, evidence-based practice, customization of care, health team and interdisciplinary leadership, and outcome and risk assessment within the selected specialty track.

Second degree registered nurses (RNs) who wish to pursue a BSN in an accelerated time frame may take 15 quarter credits at the BSN level and then directly matriculate into one of the MSN Advanced Role programs. To get started, complete the admission process to the MSN program of your choice and seek initial advisement from that program's academic advisor. The graduate program department chair will then review your file for program eligibility.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to:

  • Take on leadership roles in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Practice within a legal and ethical framework of healthcare delivery
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills in clinical decision-making
  • Integrate technologies and relevant theories into the organization and synthesis of health data required to develop plans of care for patients, families, and communities
  • Demonstrate leadership through involvement in the development of outcome-based standards of care and practice-based health policy issues
  • Evaluate and modify the quality and effectiveness of clinical practice based on current research findings, standards of care, and patient outcomes
  • Contribute to the advancement of nursing, healthcare, and humanity through communication, collaboration, and education

Program Features

  • Consistently ranked among the best online Master's in Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report
  • After successfully completing the 15 undergraduate bridge credits and being accepted into the MSN program, you will progress directly into graduate-level coursework
  • The BSN is awarded at the same time you complete the MSN
  • Emphasizes evidence-based approaches to the solution of clinical problems, assessment of nursing and healthcare outcomes, clinical decision-making, and the design of nursing care for clinical populations at the clinical unit or similar small system level, lateral care integration, and clinically-based leadership
  • Practicum experiences provide opportunities to deepen your skills and develop additional competencies for the advanced role

MSN Advanced Role Concentrations

To apply, please complete the admission process to the MSN program of your choice and seek initial advisement from the MSN program academic advisors.

Program Level Outcomes:


August 28, 2023

Admissions Criteria

You must complete the admission process to the MSN program of your choice and seek initial advisement from that program's academic advisor. The graduate program department chair then reviews your file for program eligibility.
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Graduation from a nursing program that is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education for Nursing (ACEN)
  • GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework, or 3.25 or above on the last 60 credits of the bachelor's degree
    • If your GPA is lower than a 3.0, your application will be considered on an individual basis
  • While previous clinical/work/volunteer experience is not required, it may make your application more competitive
  • A current, unrestricted United States RN license

Required Documents

With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
  • Two professional letters of recommendation from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
    • Letters must include the address, phone number, and signature of your recommender
    • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members
  • Personal statement describing your interest in the MSN degree and particular concentration area
  • Resume including specific details of your responsibilities and job experiences
  • A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable)
  • Additional requirements for International Students

An admissions interview may be required.

This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits. Use our quarter to semester credit converter quarter to semester credit converter to calculate the difference.

Required Courses
NURS 325 Critical Issues in Nursing   4.5
NURS 335 Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice  4.5
NURS 460 Population Health: Local and Global  6
Total Credits 15

MSN Concentration Courses (45-48 Additional Credits)