MSN "Bridge" Program

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 the Graduate Nursing Division (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” program consists of one undergraduate course. Individuals with extensive professional experience may request to waive the bridge course. The required “bridge course” in the MSN Advanced Role track is NURS 341 Using Genetics and Genomics to Inform Nursing Care Delivery. (4.5 quarter credits). This class is available entirely online and is delivered in a 10-week quarter-term session. 

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.)

Program Requirements

MSN pathway for nurses with a non-nursing BA or BS. RN license is required. 

NURS 341Using Genetics and Genomics to Inform Nursing Care Delivery4.5

Eligible MSN Programs

Additional Information

For more information about MSN Advanced Role track program, please contact:

Graduate Nursing Division

For more details about the program, please see the College's MSN "Bridge" program webpage and the Drexel University Online MSN "Bridge" program webpage. If you are interested in earning both a BSN and MSN, consider enrollment in the Accelerated RN/BSN/MSN program.

Admission Requirements (MSN)

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. 
  • 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or the last 60.0 credits completed. Applications from RNs with a GPA less than a 3.0 may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions are required.
  • Two professional references are required from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to the applicant’s knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study.
    • Letters of recommendation are waived for students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Personal statement (no more than two pages and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the following:
    • Why you are choosing this particular program of study.
    • Your plans upon completion of the certificate.
    • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Copy of current United States RN license required.
  • While specific experience is not required for applicants to the track, previous related work experience may make an applicant more competitive.

International applicants must possess a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) and a current United States RN license.

TOEFL Requirement

International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and United States permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor’s degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. U.S. citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status; otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you are required to have a minimum combined score for the listening, writing and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.

If you take the TOEFL, you are required to have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Graduate Nursing Faculty

Anthony Angelow, PhD, CRNP, ACNPC, AGACNP-BC, FAEN, FAANP (University of Northern Colorado) Chair, Advanced Practice Nursing. Associate Clinical Professor. Nurse Practitioner Role Transition, Acute Care, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care, Ethics/Health Law
Susan M. Burke, PhD, RN, CPNP-BC (The Catholic University of America) Track Director, Pediatric Primary Care. Associate Clinical Professor. Pediatric Primary Care Nursing
Rita Carroll, PhD, CPCRT, CBIST, CMHMP (Capella University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Complementary and Integrative Health, Cognitive Rehabilitation, Integrative Health Coaching, Mindfulness
Jennifer Coates, MSN, MBA, ACNPC, ACNP-BC (The University of Pennsylvania). Associate Clinical Professor. Adult Critical Care, Adult/Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Leadership
Frances (Fran) Cornelius, PhD, MSN (Drexel University; Wayne State University). Clinical Professor. Online Learning, Nursing Education, Public/Community Health Nursing
Jennifer Cummings, DNP, MSN, CRNP-BC (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Adult Health, Primary Care, Evidence-Based Practice.
Diane DePew, DSN, BSN, RN-BC, CNE (University of Alabama, Birmingham). Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing Leadership and Development, Nursing Education
Kathryn (Katie) Farrell, EdD, MSN, RN (Drexel University) Quality Safety and Risk Management Track Director: Graduate Nursing. Assistant Clinical Professor. Nursing Education, Quality, Safety, and Risk Management.
Alecia Schneider Fox, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC (Widener University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Critical Care Nursing
Marcia Gamaly, PhD, MSN, MHS, RN-BC, CBN (Villanova University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Online Education, Clinical Education, Emergency Nursing
Kimberly Garcia, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNT-BC, GNP-BC, NP-C (Indiana University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Transcultural/International Nursing
Maria Irerra-Newcomb, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC (Duke University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nursing
Marie McClay, DrNP, WHNP-BC, RN (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Women's Health Nursing
Cheryl Mele, DNP, PNPAC-BC, PNP PC/AC-BC, NNP-BC (Touro University). Associate Clinical Professor. Pediatric Acute Care Nursing, Pediatric Primary Care Nursing, Nursing Leadership, Healthcare Genetics
Sally K. Miller, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, PMHNP-BC (Walden University). Clinical Professor. Adult-Gerontology Acute/Primary Care Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology
Kate Morse, PhD, MSN, RN, AGACNP-RET (Villanova University). Clinical Professor. Adult Critical Care Nursing, Healthcare Simulation
Jackie Murphy, EdD, RN, CNE (Drexel University). Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing Education, Online Learning, Nursing Theory, Nursing Research, Mindfulness
Jennifer (Jenn) Myers, MSN, RN, CNE (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pediatric Nursing, Nursing Education, Online Learning
Barbara R. Osborne, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Women’s Health, Metabolic Health, Primary Care, Evidence-Based Practice, Advanced Practice Nursing
Lori Ruskin, MSN, FNO-BC (Thomas Jefferson University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Kelley Scott, DNP, APN-BC (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Emergency Nursing, Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nursing
Joanne Serembus, EdD, RN, CCRN (Alum), CCNE (Widener University). Clinical Professor. Online Learning, Nursing Education
Susan Solecki, DrPH, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC (Drexel University). Clinical Professor. Advanced Practice Nursing, Pediatrics, Adult Health, Epidemiology, Occupational Health
Erica Springer, MSN, CRNP, WHNP-BC (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Kimberly J. Twaddell, DNO, CRNP, ACNPC, CCRN (University of Northern Colorado). Assistant Clinical Professor. Advanced Practice Nursing, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care, Acute Care
Megan Walsh Ossont, PhD, MSN, CRNP (Villanova University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Nursing Research, Adult Psychiatry, Correctional Psychiatry
Virginia (Ginny) Wilson, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, NE-BC, PhD (c) (Widener University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Nursing Leadership
Patricia (Patti) Zuzelo, EdD, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, ANP-BC, ANEF, FAAN (Widener University). Clinical Professor. Advanced Practice Nursing, Leadership and Management, Nursing Education, Clinical Nurse Specialist (Adult Health), Adult Nurse Practitioner