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Why Drexel?

October 26, 2015

By Tom Grabiak, recruitment manager for undergraduate programs at the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Now is a great time to be a Drexel Dragon.

With fall recruitment surging forward and visits to Center City campus occurring daily, prospective students are discovering the myriad benefits of earning an undergraduate degree from our College of Nursing and Health Professions. They’re also realizing that Drexel is a different kind of school for a different kind of student, and that this is where you come when you’re looking to gain a competitive edge.

“So what sets Drexel apart from the other schools I’m looking at?” asks the typical 17-year-old senior, seemingly overwhelmed by the thought of picking just one college.

This is when my job of connecting students with the right information becomes the most challenging, but it’s a good challenge to have.

Do I talk about our Simulation and Standardized Patient Labs that give students opportunities to hone clinical and interpersonal skills by working with live patient actors or high-fidelity manikins?

Do I mention our extremely successful first-time pass rates on licensing exams for nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists and registered dieticians?

Or do I toss in the median weekly salary of our paid co-op students who command nearly $500 per week for six to 18 months?

Because to me, all of this information is critical in the college search process – especially at a time when families want to leave no stone unturned or question unanswered.

“Well,” I say, before pausing for a long inhale. “What sets Drexel apart from others is the reality that we train and empower our students so well that when they graduate, they not only have legitimate working experience, but know where they want to go professionally, and the steps needed to get there.”

Just ask Niket Subhedar, a 2015 graduate of the Health Services Administration program, who started the Graduate Development Program at GlaxoSmithKline this past summer.

Or Zach Stone, a 2011 graduate of the Behavioral Health Counseling program, who co-founded Red Kite Project, a consulting firm that now works with companies like Apple and organizations like the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Or one of the over 23,500 graduates that make up our CNHP Alumni Network.

But don’t take my word for it. Visit campus any time between now and April and experience what the College of Nursing and Health Professions is all about. Oh, and if you want to be part of what has been identified as the fastest-growing and most in-demand industry through 2022, you can take your first step here.

Visit inquiries or questions pertaining to health professions and nursing programs can be directed to Laura Valenti.