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  • Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP)

    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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    • NCLEX Pass Rate 94
    • Accreditations CCNE Accredited COA Accredited
    • Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Programs BSN, DNP, MSN, RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, CNL, CRNA, NP, PhD, Accelerated BSN, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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    Drexel University is a private, non-profit institution that was founded in 1891. The College of Nursing and Health Professions began in 1863 as a training school for nurses and has been educating future nurses and healthcare professionals for over a century.

    Undergraduate


    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    Clinical

    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.

    Graduate


    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 (DNP)

    The DNP program 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

    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

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

    Interprofessional

    • 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

    The 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

    NOTE: The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. The program plans to submit its application to the COA for approval to award the doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) degree in September 2020. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in September 2021.

    The Post Master's Certificate (PMC) in Nurse Anesthesia program is a 71.0 quarter credit full-time program that begins each January.

    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.

    Accreditation

    The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the 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).

    Drexel University's educational programs are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    Rankings

    US News & World Report (2019)

    • #102 (tie) in National Universities
    • #64 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
    • #53 (tie) in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
    • #84 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs
    • #18 (tie) in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans
    • #50 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans
    • #93 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
    • #94 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • #43 (tie) in Nursing-Anesthesia
    • #395 (tie) in Best Global Universities

    NICHE (2019)

    • Best Colleges for Nursing in America #77
    • Most Diverse Colleges in America #85
    • Colleges with the Best Professors in America #89
    • Best College Locations in America #89
    • Top Private Universities in America #128
    • Best Value Colleges in America #181
    • Best Colleges in America #202
    • Colleges with the Best Academics in America #210
    • Most Liberal Colleges in America #266
    • Colleges with the Best Student Life in America #457
    • Best Colleges for Nursing in Pennsylvania #4
    • Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania #7
    • Colleges with the Best Professors in Pennsylvania #8
    • Best College Locations in Pennsylvania #8
    • Top Private Universities in Pennsylvania #13
    • Best Colleges in Pennsylvania #16
    • Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania #16
    • Best Value Colleges in Pennsylvania #17
    • Colleges with the Best Academics in Pennsylvania #18
    • Colleges with the Best Student Life in Pennsylvania #22
    • Best Colleges in Philadelphia Area #8
    • Best Value Colleges in Philadelphia Area #8

    Forbes (2018)

    • #236 Top Colleges
    • #161 in Private Colleges
    • #121 in Research Universities
    • #100 in the Northeast

    The Princeton Review (2018)

    • The Best 384 Colleges
    • Best Northeastern
    • Green Colleges

    In the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education College Rankings, Drexel placed 74th out of 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities.

    MONEY Magazine ranked Drexel University #444 in their Best Colleges For Your Money (2018).


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