Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) | 97% NCLEX Pass Rates

Led by the mission of its early founders, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions has always been committed to providing a challenging curriculum and best practice models through its research, patient-centered approach, and real world situations.

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  • Programs RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, PhD, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, CNL, Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, MSN to PhD, NP, CRNA, Other
  • Location Philadelphia, PA
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Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions is in the heart of Philadelphia.  It began in 1863 as a training school for nurses and has been educating future nurses and healthcare professionals for over a century.


  1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Co-op)
  2. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Accelerated Career Entry)
  3. RN to BSN Completion Program

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Co-op)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is for those who are ready for a full-time undergraduate nursing program that is based on nursing science and will prepare the student to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse.

Pass rates: Drexel’s BSN program has a first-time pass rate of 96-100% on the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN).

The BSN-Co-op 4-year program

This program includes one cooperative education experience in acute and chronic illnesses, which concludes in a 6-month work-related experience that may be useful on a resume at the time of graduation. This will leverage the nurse into employment.

The BSN-Co-op 5-year program

This Co-op includes three cooperative education experiences; the first as an introduction to the Contemporary Healthcare Network and the second in acute and chronic illnesses.  The third includes a specialty nursing concentration, which results in 18-months of a diverse, work-related experience that may be included on a resume at the time of graduation. This also leverages the nurse into employment even faster.


Options for Transfer Students

The BSN-Co-op 4-year program

This is available for transfer students who have completed college-level studies prior to attending Drexel. This requires no pre-requisite courses. Along with a 4-year progression, this program includes one cooperative education experience.

BSN-Co-op as a "clinical ready" transfer student

This an abbreviated version of the BSN-Co-op 4-year program and it is for those students who have completed pre-requisite courses and are entering the program, “clinically ready”.  The program includes a 3-year progression with one cooperative education experience.

The BSN as a Non-Co-op transfer student

This program is Drexel’s only undergraduate nursing option that does not include a built-in cooperative education experience.  This program is for students who have completed their nursing courses and would like to reach their BSN within 2 years.


Clinicals are faculty-guided and allow the students to act as nurses with real word situations under direction of another RN as well as their clinical instructor. The clinical groups are small with only 6 students per group. Each group gets to experience a variety of areas including adult health, women's health, pediatrics, psychiatric and mental health, community, gerontology, and complex/critical care.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

There are many programs available for the graduate level nurse. These include:

Advanced Role (MSN)

  • Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration
  • Clinical Trials Research Concentration
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Innovation Concentration
  • Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management Concentration

Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (Individual Across the Lifespan)
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Dual Program
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Women's Heath/Gender Related Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Anesthesia (MSN)

  • RN-MSN Bridge Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Drexel University is designed for nurses who want to advance their degree to focus on leadership roles and apply their evidence-based knowledge in order to improve health outcomes for individual, family, and community patient populations.

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  1. Master's degree in any field
  2. Students who possess a non-nursing master's must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree
  3. Previous experience as an NP, CNS, CNM, CRNA, and/or nurse manager/executive

Two goals are the focus of these programs:  leadership and executive.  Those who hold a DNP degree will be ready to:

  • Meet the needs of patients based on earlier experiences and scientific findings
  • Use research gathered during their clinical practice
  • Communicate with a focus on patient safety and quality improvement measures
  • Meet needs of diverse populations
  • Manage ethical dilemmas effectively

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

This is a full-time program for the MSN-PhD student.

Research Areas (not all inclusive):

  1. Genetic disorders
  2. Cancer predisposition syndrome
  3. Population with intellectual disabilities
  4. Post-partum depression

Continuing Education and Certification Examination Reviews

  • Review for Certification: Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)
  • Review for Certification: Certified Addictions Registered Nurse
  • Colposcopy Training for Women's Health Practitioners - A State of the Art Course in Cervical and Lower Genital Tract Pathology

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates


  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment


  • Integrated Nursing Care of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Leadership and Health Systems Management


  • Complementary and Integrative Therapies
  • Forensic Trends and Issues in Contemporary Healthcare
  • Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Integrative Addiction Therapies
  • Issues in Human Trafficking
  • Neuroscience, Learning and Online Instruction
  • Sexual Health and Wellness
  • Service to Veterans
  • Women's Integrative Health (Advanced Study)

Post-Master’s Certificates

  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Nurse Practitioner (Individual Across the Lifespan)
    • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Pediatric Primary Care/Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Dual Program
    • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Women's Health/Gender Related Nurse Practitioner

Clinical Nurse Leader Post Master’s Certificate

Drexel's online Clinical Nurse Leader Post-Masters Certificate is for those nurses who are ready to incorporate their knowledge as a clinical nurse leader. This certification focuses on technology, evidence-based practice, customization of care, health team and interdisciplinary leadership, and outcome and risk assessment.

Nurse Anesthesia Post Master’s Certificate

The Post Master's Certificate (PMC) in Nurse Anesthesia program is a full-time, 72.0 quarter credit program.

After students complete the program, they are awarded a post master's certificate in nurse anesthesia and are eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the NBCRNA - Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.

All anesthesia coursework is offered at Drexel University's Center City campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Graduates of this program can deliver safe, compassionate, culturally competent anesthesia care to a diverse population, in rapidly changing practice environments.

"What is unique about the Drexel Nurse Anesthesia program?"

  • Comprehensive anesthesia case experience in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware
  • Smart classroom technology
  • Clinical practice environments and interprofessional simulated health care scenarios


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits Drexel’s Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (BSN), the Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN), the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and the Post-Masters APRN Certificate Programs.

The Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by COA (Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs).

Latest Reviews (Max 10)

  1. Anonymous
    May 28, '17, 11:09 pm by
    Overall: 4.7 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 3 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: BSN, MSN
    Classes: Online

    My Experience

    I had a very good experience. I completed my BSN (RN-BSN) at Drexel. I am currently enrolled in Drexel's FNP program. I choose to continue with my graduate studies there because of many reasons. One reason include the support i got from my instructors. Having good support, good communication and continuous feedback make my online studies a lot better. Classes can be expensive but will be worth it in the end. Drexel have a good reputation. Most nurses who graduated from Drexel usually get a job soon after graduation.

    About The Staff

    Supportive, communicates well with students, give positive feedback, will write the best letter of recommendation :).

  2. Anonymous
    Apr 18, '17, 2:16 pm by
    Overall: 4.8 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: BSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2017

    My Experience

    I am enrolled in the online RN-BSN completion program and will be finished in June. I have been accepted into their AGPCNP program and will start in the fall. My experience here was fantastic. Supportive staff, current classes. Faster paced than most with 10 week quarters, but I have become used to this an prefer it. Only slight issue was with graduate admissions advisor; did not seem to know what they were doing. My academic advisor was wonderful and guided me through. Professor are very enthusiastic and easy to contact, many provide their own cell numbers. Drexel was my first choice for a graduate program because of their reputation and my experience. Looking forward to my next journey with them.

    About The Staff

    Easy to contact, enthusiastic about teaching. Curriculum is clearly defined. Very upfront about what they expect and why, and how grades are calculated.

  3. Anonymous
    Apr 14, '17, 10:24 am by
    Overall: 3.7 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 4 stars
    Experience: 4 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 4 stars
    Costs: 2 stars
    Support: 4 stars

    Program: Accelerated BSN
    Classes: On Campus

    My Experience

    Very fast paced program. Lack of communication with students was an issue at times, especially with changes to the program. Excellent resources for students to get extra help between tutoring, the skills/resource center, etc. Clinical placements are a toss up- you get what you get (in terms of time and location). Students get placed at a wide variety of clinical sites and sites can be over an hour away from the city, although most seemed to be in the city or immediate vicinity.

    About The Staff

    Most of the professors are excellent- a couple could have been better. Most professors seemed to really care about the students. I was comfortable sharing concerns or seeking help from most staff members. I was very happy with my clinical instructors, however I did hear stories from other students about a couple of CIs that I felt should have been reported to the school.

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