Nursing

Major: Nursing
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 185.0; Accelerated Career Entry: 220.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1141

About the Program

The BS in Nursing (BSN) is a full-time, five year program. This program offers three paid, six-month cooperative education experiences. There is also a full-time, four-year option with one, 6 month co-op experience in the 3rd year of study. Students graduate with a bachelor of science in nursing and eligibility to sit for the RN licensure examination.

The BS in nursing degree is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Drexel’s nursing curriculum is built to respond to the rapidly changing health care system, as well as to student's needs. Graduates of the baccalaureate program will be prepared to:

  • Utilize the growing compendium of knowledge and information sources from nursing and other disciplines to learn, teach, heal the sick, and conserve health.

  • Contribute to the profession by sharing knowledge and skills with clients, peers, and other professionals in a variety of methods.

  • Utilize multiple technologies that access and manage information to guide professional practice.

  • Participate in culturally sensitive health promotion activities that contribute to the community’s health and wellness.

  • Participate in ongoing educational activities related to personal growth, professional practice, and community service.

  • Apply knowledge and skills appropriate to their selected areas of career clinical practice.

  • Develop personal potential for leadership in a changing health care environment.

  • Integrate ethical concepts and principles, The Code of Ethics for Nurses, and professional standards into practice within professional, academic, and community settings.

  • Utilize critical-thinking skills to improve the health outcomes of patients, families, and communities across the continuum of care.

A BSN is awarded at the completion of the program.

For more information about the BSN with Co-Op option at Drexel, visit the Nursing Co-Op Program page.

Degree Requirements 

Students should contact their Academic Advisor for any changes to their plans of study prior to registration due to ongoing curriculum updates.

General requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience2.0
English Sequence
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
Biology/Nutrition courses
BIO 226Microbiology for Health Professionals5.0
NFS 220Normal & Lifespan Nutrition4.0
NFS 315Nutrition in Chronic Disease4.0
Chemistry courses
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
CHEM 108Health Chemistry I3.0
Humanities and Social Science courses
ECON 240Economics of Health Care Systems4.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Language Requirement (Choose 1 of the following courses) *4.0
Arabic I
Chinese I
French I
German I
Modern Elementary Greek I
Introduction to Hebrew I
Italian I
Japanese I
Korean I
Introduction to Portuguese I
Russian I
Spanish I
Mathematics/Data Analysis courses
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I **4.0
STS 345Statistics for the Health Sciences4.0
Anatomy courses
ANAT 101Anatomy & Physiology I5.0
ANAT 102Anatomy & Physiology II5.0
ANAT 103Anatomy & Physiology III5.0
Nursing courses
NURS 120Contemporary Health Care3.0
NURS 121Relationship-Based Nursing Care3.0
NURS 220Foundations of Nursing Practice8.0
NURS 221Concepts of Pathophysiology in Nursing3.0
NURS 222Medication Principles3.0
NURS 223Clinical Concepts2.0
NURS 320Health and Illness Concepts I6.0
NURS 321Health and Illness Concepts II6.0
NURS 322Concepts of Mental Health Nursing6.0
NURS 323Nursing Pharmacology Concepts I3.0
NURS 326Reproductive Health Across the Lifespan6.0
NURS 327Population Health Concepts6.0
NURS 328Pediatric Health Concepts6.0
NURS 329Nursing Pharmacology Concepts II3.0
NURS 420Health and Illness Concepts III6.0
NURS 421Holistic Gerontological Nursing6.0
NURS 422Leadership Concepts in Nursing3.0
NURS 423Research Basis of Nursing Practice4.0
NURS 495Comprehensive Nursing Concepts3.0
Electives
Humanities electives3.0
Social Science electives3.0
Nursing electives9.0
Free electives6.0
Total Credits183.0
*

 Or approved language course, as determined by student's Academic Advisor

**

 Or other mathematics equivalent by placement exam.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Sample Plans of Study 

Students should contact their Academic Advisor for any changes to their plans of study prior to registration due to ongoing curriculum updates.

Term 1Credits
ANAT 101Anatomy Physiology I5.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 101*Introduction to Analysis I4.0
NURS 121Relationship-Based Nursing Care3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience2.0
 Term Credits20.0
Term 2
ANAT 102Anatomy Physiology II5.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Language Requirement4.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 3
ANAT 103Anatomy Physiology III5.0
BIO 226Microbiology for Health Professionals5.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
NURS 120Contemporary Health Care3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
NURS 220Foundations of Nursing Practice8.0
NURS 221Concepts of Pathophysiology in Nursing3.0
NURS 222Medication Principles3.0
NURS 223Clinical Concepts2.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
CHEM 108Health Chemistry I3.0
NFS 220Normal Lifespan Nutrition4.0
NURS 320Health and Illness Concepts I6.0
NURS 323Nursing Pharmacology Concepts I3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
NURS 321Health and Illness Concepts II6.0
NURS 329Nursing Pharmacology Concepts II3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 7
ECON 240Economics of Health Care Systems4.0
NFS 315Nutrition in Chronic Disease4.0
NURS 322Concepts of Mental Health Nursing6.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 8
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
NURS 326Reproductive Health Across the Lifespan6.0
STS 345Statistics for the Health Sciences4.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
NURS 327Population Health Concepts6.0
NURS 423Research Basis of Nursing Practice4.0
Humanities elective3.0
Nursing elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 10
NURS 328Pediatric Health Concepts6.0
NURS 422Leadership Concepts in Nursing3.0
Nursing elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 11
NURS 421Holistic Gerontological Nursing6.0
Nursing elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 12
NURS 420Health and Illness Concepts III6.0
NURS 495Comprehensive Nursing Concepts3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 183.0
*

 Or other mathematics equivalent by placement exam.

About the Co-op

Cooperative education was designed to provide students with real-world experience in a variety of professional settings before graduation. Co-op integrates full-time work experience in the student's field of study throughout the academic program. The College of Nursing and Health Professions co-op program is one of only two of its kind in the nation.

The nursing co-op provides students with 18 months of cooperative education in addition to the traditional clinical educational experiences.

Through co-op, students will have the opportunity to learn the role of the nurse and unlicensed assistive personnel as well as other daily professional, political, and social issues in a work environment. Both before and during co-op, students will receive instruction on career management and professional development skills, such as résumé writing, job searches, interviewing skills, maintaining a career portfolio, negotiating salary, and professional behavior in the workplace. The clinical background students gain from co-op, coupled with a knowledge of career management, makes the Drexel option a value-added model of nursing education.

Co-op Descriptions

First Experience
Co-op I: Nursing in Contemporary Health Networks
Students will have cooperative education experiences in managed care settings, pharmaceutical companies, and other non-traditional healthcare work environments where nurses and nursing can effect change. Students will either work under the direction of a professional nurse or another health care professional with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree. Students will not perform any basic nursing skills in this role.

Second Experience
Co-op II: Acute and Chronic Health and Illness
Students on the 4-year track participate in Co-Op II, an education experience in the traditional health care environment that emphasize the delivery of nursing care to adults and adolescents with acute and chronic illnesses. The majority of placements will be in general and specialty medical-surgical units. Students will function in the role as an unlicensed assistive person and their job description will be modeled similarly to unlicensed assistive personnel or nursing externs.

Third Experience
Co-op III: Specialty Nursing Concentration
Students will have cooperative education experiences in a specialty area of their choice which will build upon their previous clinical courses and work experiences. For example, students may elect to specialize in labor and delivery, critical care, or return to work for a pharmaceutical or managed care company. Selection of content area for the Co-op III site will be made by each student in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor. Students will be given a suggested reading list and texts to be used for supplemental reading and learning for the specialty co-op area. Students will function in the role as an unlicensed assistive person and their job description will be modeled similarly to the role of unlicensed assistive personnel or nursing externs.

Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) BSN

About the Program

Drexel University offers the Accelerated Career Entry Option, a one-year intensive nursing program for students who already have bachelor’s or graduate degrees. The program is ideal for working adults or college graduates who want to change careers and earn a new degree in one year. This innovative program is geared to students who will benefit from intense education in nursing science rather than the traditional program, which takes three or four years.

Like their counterparts in the traditional baccalaureate nursing program, graduates of the accelerated program emerge with a set of skills that will serve them well in their chosen profession. Our graduates:

  • Utilize the growing compendium of knowledge and information sources from nursing and other disciplines to learn, teach, heal the sick, and conserve health.
  • Contribute to the profession by sharing knowledge and skills with clients, peers, and other professionals in a variety of methods.
  • Utilize multiple technologies that access and manage information to guide professional practice.
  • Participate in culturally sensitive health promotion activities that contribute to the community’s health and wellness.
  • Participate in ongoing educational activities related to personal growth, professional practice, and community service.
  • Apply knowledge and skills appropriate to their selected areas of career clinical practice.
  • Develop personal potential for leadership in a changing health care environment.
  • Integrate ethical concepts and principles, The Code of Ethics for Nurses, and professional standards into practice within professional, academic, and community settings.
  • Utilize critical-thinking skills to improve the health outcomes of patients, families, and communities across the continuum of care.

Admission requirements/Prerequisites

Candidates for admission must be college graduates with a 3.0 overall GPA or a 3.0 GPA in their most-recent 60 semester hours of coursework completed. Admitted students must complete all prerequisites before continuing with the program.  Applicants whose native language is not English and/or were born outside of the United States are required to take both the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and the TSE (Test of Spoken English) and achieve a passing score in each.

Prerequisites

Effective for spring quarter 2013-14 (201335) and beyond, the following 8 courses, in semester terms, are prerequisites for the ACE program:

Chemistry with lab4.0
Developmental Psychology3.0
Anatomy with lab *4.0
Physiology with lab *4.0
Microbiology with lab *4.0
Human Nutrition3.0
Statistics3.0
English3.0
 
*

The anatomy, physiology, and microbiology courses must have been taken within five years of beginning the program.

Degree Requirements

Students should contact their Academic Advisor for any changes to their plans of study prior to registration due to ongoing curriculum updates.

Required Courses
INFO 204Nursing Informatics3.0
NURS 110Essentials of Relationship-Based Professional Nursing Practice4.0
NURS 112Relationship-Based Health Assessment & Promotion5.0
NURS 200Principles of Nursing Practice6.0
NURS 300Comprehensive Adult Nursing I6.0
NURS 301Pharmacology for Nursing I3.0
NURS 303Women's Health Nursing6.0
NURS 304Nursing of Children6.0
NURS 305Comprehensive Adult Nursing II6.0
NURS 306Pharmacology for Nursing II3.0
NURS 308Mental Health Nursing6.0
NURS 330 [WI] Research Basis of Nursing4.0
NURS 337 [WI] Genetics in Nursing and Health3.0
NURS 339Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 400 [WI] Leadership, Management, and Entrepreneurship in Nursing3.0
NURS 401Comprehensive Adult Nursing III6.0
NURS 403Community Public Health Nursing6.0
NURS 450Contemporary Gerontological Nursing6.0
NURS 492Senior Seminar in Nursing3.0
Total Credits88.0
 

RN/BSN Completion Program

Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN): 180.0 quarter credits (for Registered Nurses)

The RN/BSN Completion program is an option for nurses from associate degree and diploma nursing programs looking to complete the bachelor of science degree in nursing.

About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program continues the education of registered nurses to prepare them for the rapidly changing health care environment. Core courses prepare the graduate for population-based cases and the managed care environment. Support courses, electives, and study in an area of the student’s choosing build on foundational educational experiences to facilitate the examination of critical issues from a variety of perspectives.

A BSN is awarded at the completion of the program. Qualified students are encouraged to submatriculate in the MSN program (RN/BSN/MSN pathway) while enrolled in the BSN program.

For more information about this completion program at Drexel, visit the RN/BSN Completion Program page.

Admission Requirements/Prerequisites

Admission Requirements

  • RN licensure (provisional acceptance will generally be offered pending successful completion of the NCLEX-RN examination)
  • Official college transcripts
  • College grade point average of 2.0 or better
  • High school degree or equivalent

To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Science in nursing program, students must have completed 60.0 semester hours (90.0 quarter credits) of college prerequisites, as follows, with a grade of C or better. Students may transfer in up to 135.0 quarter credits. Remaining credits will be evaluated on an individual basis. To graduate, students must have completed 180.0 quarter credits.

The required 60.0 semester hours include:

English (includes one semester of composition)6.0
Humanities (studio courses not acceptable)3.0
Anatomy and Physiology8.0
Microbiology4.0
Sociology3.0
Growth and Development3.0
Psychology3.0
Nursing30.0
Total Credits60.0

Students must be graduates of nursing programs that are both regionally accredited and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education for Nursing (ACEN). Students who meet the criteria of the Pennsylvania Nursing Articulation Model will receive credit for 30.0 semester hours (45.0 quarter credits) of nursing, which may be applied toward the program entrance requirements.

Degree Requirements

The College of Nursing and Health Professions faculty uses a variety of teaching and learning methods to facilitate the achievement of a student’s personal objectives. Most courses incorporate e-mail and Internet assignments as well as a variety of innovative, active learning assignments. Courses are offered in several stimulating educational formats, including in an online format.

Students should contact their Academic Advisor for any changes to their plans of study prior to registration due to ongoing curriculum updates.

 
TIER 1 COURSES
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
Or transfer in 2 English courses (3 semester credits from a semester school) must include one semester of composition)
Humanities Electives4.5
Intro to Sociology4.5
General Psychology4.5
Developmental Psychology4.5
Nursing Electives45.0
Anatomy & Physiology I & II (w/ Labs)12.0
Microbiology w/ Lab6.0
TIER 2 COURSES
Into to Computer Science of Communication 3.0
Statistics of the Health Sciences4.0
Health Care Economics, Macro, or Micro4.0
Health Care Ethics I or Advanced Health Care Ethics3.0
Social Science Electives3.0
Science Electives5.0
Pharmacology or Advanced Physiology or Pathophysiology 5.0
Open Electives18.0
TIER 3 COURSES
NURS 324Intro to Online Learning:Tools for Success3.0
NURS 325 [WI] Critical Issues in Nursing3.0
NURS 330 [WI] Research Basis of Nursing4.0
NURS 335Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice3.0
NURS 340Transformational Leadership3.0
NURS 346Health Assessment6.0
NURS 375Nurses Building a Healthy Community6.0
NURS 380Complex Systems of Care: Technology, Patient Safety & Quality4.0
NURS 407 [WI] Issues in Aging and Longevity4.0
NURS 460Global Health & Policy Issues6.0
NURS 465Senior Capstone in Nursing3.0
Total Credits180.0
 

The plan of study posted is contingent on all students having an active, non-restricted RN license, and having completed 45.0 quarter credits from an accredited nursing program and 135.0 quarter credits in Tier I & Tier II.

Students enter the program with a variable amount of credits to complete. Students need a minimum of 90.0 quarter credits, or Tier I completed, to be accepted into the program. Students may start Tier III upon entering the RN-BSN program; however, all course work in Tier I & II must be completed prior to graduation for a total of 180.0 quarter credits.

Accelerated RN/BSN/MSN

The RN-BSN-MSN Option is a pathway for students who are currently in the Drexel RN to BSN completion program and are interested in continuing their studies to pursue the MSN.

Admission

For the following tracks, students submit an application to the MSN program in the final term of BSN study:

  • MSN in Nursing Education and Faculty Role
  • MSN in Clinical Trials
  • MSN in Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN in Leadership in Health Systems Management
  • MSN in Innovation & Intra/Entrepreneurship for Advanced Practice Nursing.

Students interested in either the Nurse Anesthesia program or Nurse Practitioner programs may opt for an accelerated option. The following Nurse Practitioner tracks are available:

For both the Nurse Anesthesia and the Nurse Practitioner programs, students submit an application when close to completing their BSN degrees. The BSN students must meet the admission requirements for the MSN program. Specific admission criteria are outlined on the Admission Requirements RN to BSN to MSN Option page.

Students may not register for graduate courses until they are accepted in the program. Additional information is available on the RN-BSN-MSN program page.

Student in any of the MSN Nurse practitioner tracks may be admitted from any state, except New York. In addition, students taking an online course with a clinical component or practicum cannot do the clinical or practicum portion of the course within the state of Maryland at this time. If a student is a licensed registered nurse in Maryland, the student may complete a clinical or practicum in Virginia and/or Delaware, which share a nurse compact licensure with Maryland. Drexel University is in the process of applying for a certificate of approval to operate in Maryland.

Clinical Affiliations

Clinical Placement Sites

The Undergraduate Nursing Programs have an extensive network of clinical placement sites, including:

Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services

Abington Memorial Hospital

Albert Einstein Medical Center

ARIA Health Torresdale

Belmont Behavioral Health

Bryn Mawr Hospital of Main Line Health

Chandler Hall Health Services

Chestnut Hill Hospital

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Cooper University Hospital

Crozer-Chester Medical Center

Delaware County Memorial Hospital

Doylestown Hospital

Einstein Medical Center Montgomery

Fairmount Behavioral Health 

Hahnemann University Hospital

Holy Redeemer Health System

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Inspira Health Network Woodbury

Kennedy Health

Kirkbride Center

Lankenau Medical Center

Mercy Philadelphia Hospital

Methodist Hospital

Nazareth Hospital

Norcom Community Center

Norris Square Civic Association

Northeast Treatment Centers

Our Brother's Place

Paoli Hospital

Paul's Run Retirement Community

Pennsylvania Hospital

Presbyterian Medical Center

School District of Philadelphia

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

St. Joseph's Manor

St. Mary Medical Center

Shriner's Hospital for Children

The Ridge at Whitemarsh

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Watermark at Logan Square

Wellington Terrace at Hershey’s Mill

Wesley Enhanced Living

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RN/BSN Online Distance-Learning students will have clinical placements at sites convenient to their locations.

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