Nursing: Accelerated RN/BSN/MSN

Major: Nursing
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 60
Co-op Options: No Co-op (Three years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.1601
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1141

About the Program

The RN-BSN-MSN Option is a pathway for students who have an RN and are interested in pursuing a fast-track option to complete a BSN and MSN. This program is also available to students who are currently in the Drexel RN to BSN completion program and are interested in continuing their studies to pursue the MSN.

Admission Requirements

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

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.

Attention Maryland Residents: 

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 you are a licensed Registered Nurse (RN) you may complete a clinical or practicum in Virginia and Delaware which share in a Nurse Compact for Licensure with Maryland. Students who reside in Maryland may continue to take online courses at Drexel University, but they must do the clinical portion of the course in another state. If you have already made arrangements to do clinical in Maryland, please contact your Academic Advisor or Director of Clinical Education immediately to help you find a new clinical site. Drexel University is in the process of applying for a Certificate for Approval to Operate in Maryland

Attention New York Residents: 

Drexel University accepts New York residents into this program. Clinical Rotations, however, cannot be in New York State. 

Additional Information

For more information, contact:  

Mr. Redian Furxhiu
Senior Academic Advisor
rf53@drexel.edu 
267.359.5691

or

Ms. Jillian Randall
Academic Advisor
jnr56@drexel.edu 
267.359.5692

Degree Requirements

Note: MSN Nurse Practitioner concentrations are currently not accepting students in this program.

BSN Courses
NURS 335Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice3.0
NURS 375Nurses Building a Healthy Community6.0
NURS 460Global Health & Policy Issues6.0
MSN Core Courses
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
MSN Concentration - select one from the options below30.0-41.0
Total Credits60.0-71.0

MSN Concentrations (Select one)

Clinical Nurse Leader

NURS 531Epidemiology in Action: Tracking Health & Disease3.0
NURS 532Evaluation of Health Outcomes3.0
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
NURS 564The Business of Healthcare3.0
NURS 602Foundations for Clinical Nurse Leader4.0
NURS 603Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone Immersion I5.0
NURS 604Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone Immersion II5.0
Total Credits33.0

Clinical Trials Research

NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
NURS 557Leadership and Stewardship in the Health Professions3.0
NURS 582Foundation of Good Clinical Practice in Clinical Trials Mngmt3.0
NURS 583Operational Leadership in Clinical Trials Management3.0
NURS 584Current Topics in Clinical Trials3.0
NURS 585Clinical Trials Research Practicum5.0
Elective3.0
Total Credits30.0

Nurse Educator

NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
NURS 591Foundations of Nursing Education3.0
NURS 606Curriculum Design for Higher Level Cognition3.0
NURS 613The Role and Responsibility of the Nursing Professor3.0
NURS 615Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation3.0
NURS 616Teaching Methods in Nursing Education3.0
NURS 632Nurse Educator and Faculty Role Practicum6.0
Total Credits31.0

Nursing Innovation

NURS 564The Business of Healthcare3.0
NURS 586Innovation in Advanced Nursing Practice: Theory and Application3.0
NURS 587Case Studies in Intra/Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Nursing3.0
NURS 652Innovation Capstone Project6.0
PROJ 501Introduction to Project Management3.0
Electives12.0-15.0
Total Credits30.0-33.0

Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management

NURS 547Communication and Self-Awareness for Leading and Managing in Healthcare3.0
NURS 553Data Analysis for Decision-Making in HC Management3.0
NURS 557Leadership and Stewardship in the Health Professions3.0
NURS 558Economics of Healthcare Management & Policy3.0
NURS 559Operations Management in Contemporary Healthcare Organizations3.0
NURS 562Workforce Management in Healthcare Organizations3.0
NURS 564The Business of Healthcare3.0
NURS 567Strategic Management: Power, Politics and Influence in Healthcare Systems3.0
NURS 568Practicum and Symposium in Healthcare Operations Management3.0
NURS 569Practicum and Symposium in Technology and Management of Information in Healthcare Organizations3.0
Total Credits30.0

Quality, Safety and Risk Management in Healthcare

IPS 501Legal Compliance: Structure and Implementation4.5
IPS 504Regulations in Health Care4.5
IPS 505Health Care Quality and the Legal Context4.5
IPS 506HIPAA: A Patient’s Legal Right to Privacy4.5
IPS 584Analysis of Performance Standards in Healthcare Quality 3.0
IPS 585Science of Safety, Human Factors, and System Thinking3.0
IPS 586Creating a Culture of Safety2.0
IPS 601Quality, Safety and Risk Management Capstone5.0
Total Credits31.0

Women's Health/Gender Related Nurse Practitioner

NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
NURS 680Primary Care for Women’s Health3.0
NURS 682Pharmacology for the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner3.0
NURS 690WHNP I: Mngmnt & Care of the Common Gyn and Gender Related Issues throughout the Lifespan5.0
NURS 691WHNP II: Mngmnt & Care of the Complex Gyn and Gender Related Issues of Women throughout the Lifespan5.0
NURS 692WHNP III: Management & Care of the Low Risk Obstetrical and Post Partum Needs of Women and Families5.0
NURS 693WHNP IV: Mngmnt & Care of the High Risk Obstetrical and Post Partum Needs of Women and Families5.0
Total Credits37.0

 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
NURS 641Advanced Pharmacology for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners3.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
NURS 660Adult-Gero Primary Care I: Introduction to Adult-Gero Primary Care and Care of the Young-Adult5.0
NURS 661Adult-Gerontology Primary Care II: Management and Care of Adult Patients in Primary Care5.0
NURS 662Adult-Gerontology Primary Care III: Management of the Older-Adult Patient in Primary Care5.0
NURS 663Adult-Gerontology Primary Care IV: Gerontology Management and Care5.0
Total Credits34.0

 Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner

NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
NURS 556Pharmacology for Family Nurse Practitioners3.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
NURS 534FNP I: Primary Care of the Emerging Family5.0
NURS 535FNP II: Primary and Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents5.0
NURS 536FNP III: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Across the Adult Age Spectrum I5.0
NURS 537FNP IV: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Across the Adult Age Spectrum II5.0
NURS 538FNP V: Integrative Practicum in Family Practice Across the Lifespan4.0
Total Credits38.0

 Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
NURS 642PNP I: Primary Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents5.0
NURS 643PNP II: Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents in Primary Care5.0
NURS 646Pharmacology for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner3.0
NURS 647PNP III: Management and Care of Adolescents in the Primary Care Setting5.0
NURS 648PNP IV: Primary Care of Children with Special Health Care Needs5.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
Total Credits34.0

 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
NURS 555Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan3.0
NURS 592PMHNP I: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology I5.0
NURS 593PMHNP II: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology II5.0
NURS 594PMHNP III: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology III5.0
NURS 595PMHNP IV: Adv Mental Hlth NP Management and Care of Clients in Diverse Pop Across the Lifespan5.0
Total Credits34.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Term 1Credits
NURS 335Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice3.0
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
NURS 460Global Health & Policy Issues6.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Second Year
Term 5
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
NURS 564The Business of Healthcare3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
NURS 531Epidemiology in Action: Tracking Health & Disease3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 7
NURS 375Nurses Building a Healthy Community6.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 8
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
NURS 532Evaluation of Health Outcomes3.0
 Term Credits7.0
Term 9
NURS 602Foundations for Clinical Nurse Leader4.0
 Term Credits4.0
Third Year
Term 10
NURS 603Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone Immersion I5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 11
NURS 604Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone Immersion II5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Total Credit: 63.0

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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