The College of Nursing and Health Professions

About the College

Nurturing Purpose, Driving Innovation, Advancing Leadership

At the College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP), our students aren’t content to accept the world as it is. They are people of purpose who embrace the role of change agent, enlisting in the necessary work of finding innovative, evidence-based solutions to systemic problems such as health disparities. And they understand that solving the problems we face in our nation and world today require bringing together people from across different disciplines, with different experiences, expertise and perspectives. It will take a team-based, collaborative approach—one of the hallmarks of a CNHP education. Whether in the city of Philadelphia, throughout the country or around the globe, CNHP graduates are recognized as determined, confident and compassionate and ready to lead.

An Inclusive Community 

Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to all of CNHP’s endeavors, enriching our educational, research and practice experiences. We are committed to reducing inequities in our education, research, practice, policy and civic engagement initiatives—advocating for intersectional social justice, promoting greater inclusivity and eliminating health disparities. Some examples of classes that address health disparities and health inequities span disciplines, from an Art Therapy and Counseling course that explores the impacts and implications of culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and other relevant identities within the context of mental health treatment to a Health Services Administration course that looks at the meaning of health through the eyes of various distinct vulnerable populations.

Cooperative Education Program (co-op) and Experiential Learning

Drexel University’s cooperative education program, also known as co-op, is one of the most distinctive features of a Drexel education. Co-ops present the chance to gain invaluable real-world work experience in some of the nation’s best health care institutions and other industry leaders. After their first year, depending on the program they choose, CNHP students can alternate six-month periods of full-time study with full-time employment at Drexel-approved employers. Complementing co-op, there is also a rich array of on-campus experiential learning opportunities, including those in the state-of-the-art Center for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation and Practice. This comprehensive, hands-on learning model provides the optimal environment for students to develop skills, learn from mistakes and become adept and competent caregivers for patients.

Practice and Engage in Philadelphia

Opportunities to engage and practice abound in CNHP’s innovative health and wellness facilities. In addition to the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services, the Community Wellness HUB offers free health and wellness programming and disease prevention education, including screening, counseling and referral services for residents of nearby Mantua and Powelton Village. Several CNHP practices offer real-world experience including:

CNHP also works with community partners on exciting research opportunities like Eat Right Philly, a grant-funded program in the Department of Nutrition Sciences that serves thousands of students, families and staff in more than 70 schools in the School District of Philadelphia.

Drexel for Life 

Student life at CNHP and within the larger Drexel University community includes a diverse range of opportunities to engage, connect and thrive. A sense of belonging to something bigger than yourself, of a shared, common purpose that transcends disciplines and departments, extends not only through commencement, but beyond. As one of the largest colleges at Drexel, CNHP offers an inclusive alumni network that helps graduates of all ages stay connected to the College, to the University and to each other. Friendships forged at CNHP can last a lifetime. And years after commencement, meeting a fellow Dragon can spark new friendships and professional collaborations. #foreverdragons

Research, Discovery and Innovation 

Drexel University’s Office of Research and Innovation invests in the future, enabling advances, innovations and progress that sustain our reputation as a preeminent research university globally, nationally and locally. In 2019, Drexel received acknowledgment from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education of its R1 research status, noting the highest research activity — one that is held by just 39 private universities.


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