MSN "Bridge" Program

MSN for Nurses with a Non-Nursing BA or BS

About the Program

Drexel University's RN-MSN “bridge” program is available for nurses who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing and now wish to pursue an MSN degree. Applicants to this program must complete the admission process to the MSN program and seek initial advisement from the MSN program academic advisors. The bridge program is available only to students applying for the MSN Advanced Role programs. It is not available for students wishing to pursue an MSN Nurse Practitioner degree. However, to learn more about alternative pathways to becoming a nurse practitioner, contact Jillian Randall (see contact information below).

The graduate program department chair reviews the applicant’s file for program eligibility and prerequisites are established on an individual basis.

The “bridge” consists of one undergraduate course. Individuals with extensive professional experience may request to waive the bridge course. Contact Jillian Randall for more information. The required “bridge course” in the MSN Advanced Role Track is NURS 335 Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice (4.5 quarter credits). This class is available entirely online and is delivered in a 10-week quarter term session. This course is offered in every term, and includes mandatory synchronous class meetings.

After successfully completing all requirements and admission to the MSN program, students progress directly into graduate-level courses. (Note: The BSN is not awarded in this program.)

Bridge to MSN Requirements

NURS 335Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice4.5

Eligible MSN Programs

See the College's Nursing: MSN-Bridge Program web page for more details about the program, and visit the Drexel University Online MSN Bridge Program web page for information about the online delivery format. If you are interested in earning both a BSN and MSN, consider enrollment in the Accelerated RN/BSN/MSN program.

Additional Information

For more information about MSN Advanced Roles Track program, contact:

Jillian Randall
Senior Academic Advisor

Advanced Role MSN Faculty

Susan M. Burke, PhD, RN, CPNP-BC (The Catholic University of America) Track Director, Pediatric Primary Care. Associate Clinical Professor. Pediatric primary care, health disparities in children, families under stress, children with special health care needs transitioning to adulthood.
Jennifer Coates, MSN, MBA, ACNPC, ACNP-BC (The University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Critical care nurse practitioner.
Frances H. Cornelius, PhD, MSN (Drexel University; Wayne State University) Chair, MSN Department. Clinical Professor. Environmental justice, community and public health instructional technology, distance learning, mobile learning, informatics.
Brenda Douglass, DNP, CRNP-BC, CDE, CTTS. Associate Clinical Professor. Endocrine, cardiology, pulmonology, sleep disorders, and chronic health conditions
Alecia Schneider Fox, PhD (Candidate) (Widener University) Senior Director Nursing Faculty Affairs and Clinical Education. Assistant Clinical Professor. Emergency, critical care, trauma, organ transplant and advanced nursing practice. Serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Drexel Chapter of the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania.
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