Nursing (BSN) - Accelerated Career Entry (ACE)

Major: Nursing
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 220.0
Co-op Options: No Co-op

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

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.

Degree Requirements

Prerequisites

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

Prerequisites:

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. 

*

 Drexel University requires 180.0 quarter credits for conferral of a Bachelor’s degree. Students will transfer in 134.0 quarter credits, 96.0 quarter credits from their previous Bachelor Degree and 38.0 quarter credits from their pre-requisites totaling 134.0 quarter credits. Upon completion of the NACE and NACT programs they will receive an additional 86.0 quarter credits, bringing the total to 220.0 quarter credits.

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
Total Credits86.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Term 1Credits
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
 Term Credits22.0
Term 2
NURS 320Health and Illness Concepts I6.0
NURS 322Concepts of Mental Health Nursing6.0
NURS 323Nursing Pharmacology Concepts I3.0
NURS 423Research Basis of Nursing Practice4.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 3
NURS 321Health and Illness Concepts II6.0
NURS 326Reproductive Health Across the Lifespan6.0
NURS 328Pediatric Health Concepts6.0
NURS 329Nursing Pharmacology Concepts II3.0
 Term Credits21.0
Term 4
NURS 327Population Health Concepts6.0
NURS 420Health and Illness Concepts III6.0
NURS 421Holistic Gerontological Nursing6.0
NURS 422Leadership Concepts in Nursing3.0
NURS 495Comprehensive Nursing Concepts3.0
 Term Credits24.0
Total Credit: 86.0

Nursing Faculty

Lisa B. Aiello, RN, MSN, AOCNS, APN-C (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Adult oncology and cancer genetics.
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