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 Ms. Jillian Randall or Mr. Redian Furxhiu (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 Mr. Redian Furxhiu or Ms. 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:

Mr. Redian Furxhiu
Senior Academic Advisor


Ms. Jillian Randall
Academic Advisor

Advanced Role MSN Faculty

Rita Adeniran, DrNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. Assistant Clinical Professor. Build and integrate culturally sensitivity knowledge, principles, and solutions to advance equity, eliminate disparities, and develop leaders from traditionally underrepresented groups.
Katherine Kaby Anselmi, PhD, JD, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Clinical Professor. Health Policy, Health Law, Family Law, Women's Health, Reproductive Health, Domestic Violence/Inter-intra Personal Violence
Diane DePew, DSN, RN-BC (University of Alabama, Birmingham). Assistant Clinical Professor. Evaluation, competency, test development and item writing, continuing education, accreditation, educational design, leadership management.
Jill Derstine, EdD, RN, FAAN (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing education and rehabilitation nursing.
Kathryn Farrell, MSN, RN (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Patient safety, performance improvement, nursing education, patient experience, staff engagement, patient experience, falls reduction
Marcia Gamaly, RN-BC, MSN, MHA, CEN, CBN, PCCN (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Nursing education, bias in nursing, online teaching modalities on obesity bias
Robert LaPointe, MSN, RN, CNL, CCRN (Seton Hall University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Clinical nurse leader, critical care, quality management, implementation and complexity science, academic-practice collaborative
Marylou K. McHugh, EdD, DNE, RN (Teachers College; Columbia University) Track Coordinator, Nursing Education and Faculty Role MSN Track. Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing
Robert J. Mele, DPM (Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine). Assistant Professor. Physiology, pathophysiology.
Jackie Murphy, MSN, BSN, ASN (Drexel University) Interim Chair, MSN Advanced Role Department. Assistant Clinical Professor. Pediatric nursing, nursing education, online learning
Alice Marie Poyss, PhD, CNL, APRN-BC (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing intervention/outcome studies and nursing treatment/outcome studies; program evaluation, and effects of alternate teaching styles with student learning.
Leland Rockstraw, PhD, RN (Drexel University). Clinical Professor. Adult orthopedic/surgical, emergency care, critical care, and trauma/surgery intensive care.
Al Rundio, PhD, DNP, RN, APRN, CARN-AP, NEA-BC, FNAP, FIAAN, FAAN. Clinical Professor. Nursing and Health Care Administration, Adult Acute and Primary Care, Addictions Nursing, Infection Control/Infectious Diseases
Joanne Serembus, EdD, RN, CCRN (Alumnus), CNE (Widener University). Associate Clinical Professor. Critical care nursing, adult health nursing, nursing education, curriculum development and patient safety.
Kay Swartzwelder, PhD, MSN, CRNP-BC, CNE. Assistant Clinical Professor. How students learn with a focus on student/faculty engagement, generational learning, learning styles, and personality types.
Virginia Wilson, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, NE-BC (Widener University) Director, Innovation and Intra/Entrepreneurship MSN Program. Clinical Assistant Professor. Leadership development and succession planning in healthcare organizations for nursing executives and leaders
Janet Zimmerman, MSN, BSN (University of Colorado). Assistant Clinical Professor. Clinical trials for FDA-regulated medical products, good clinical practice, evidence-based roles for RNs in the clinical trials process.
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