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Dual Accelerated RN/BSN/MSN

Beginning Fall 2017, pending final approval.

ATTENTION WASHINGTON RESIDENTS

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**Drexel University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in Washington State for MSN/Clinical Nurse Leader, MSN/Clinical Trials Research, MSN/Leadership in Health Systems Management, MSN/Nurse Educator and Faculty Role, MSN/Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP, MSN/Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP, MSN/Family Individual Across the Lifespan NP, MSN/Pediatric Acute Care NP, MSN/Pediatric Primary Care & Pediatric Acute Care NP, MSN/Pediatric Primary Care NP, MSN/Psychiatric Mental Health NP, and MSN/Women’s Health Gender Related NP programs. For more information, go to the following website.

Program

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.

  • 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

  • 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 practice role

MSN Advanced Role Concentrations

  • Clinical Nurse Leader (48 credits)
  • Clinical Trials Research (45 credits)
  • Nursing Education (46 credits)
  • Nursing Innovation (45 credits)
  • Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management (48 credits)
  • Quality, Safety, and Risk Management* (46 credits)

State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.
*This program is not available until Fall 2017.

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.

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
  • 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
  • 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.

Tuition: Information on Tuition can be found here.

Curriculum

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. Visit this page to use our quarter to semester credit converter to calculate the difference.

BSN Bridge Courses

Required Courses

 

NURS 335

Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice

3.0

NURS 375

Nurses Building a Healthy Community

6.0

NURS 460

Global Health & Policy Issues

6.0

Total Credits

15.0

MSN Concentration Courses (45-48 Additional Credits)

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.

Program Level Outcomes

At Drexel University we believe that a well-formulated set of Program Level Outcomes [PLO] that support and are consistent with the institutional mission and goals are the building blocks of an effective assessment program. 

Click here to view the College of Nursing and Health Professions Nursing Program Level Outcomes.