Major: Nursing
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 181.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years or three-year transfer option); No Co-op (Two-year transfer student option only)

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, four-year option with one, six-month co-op experience in the third year of study. There is also a five-year program which offers three, six-month co-op experiences. For eligible transfer students, we offer a one coop option with a three-year progression and a no co-op option which allows students to complete the nursing coursework in two full academic years. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and are eligible to sit for the RN licensure examination.

The BS in Nursing degree is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Drexel’s nursing curriculum is built to respond to the rapidly changing healthcare system, as well as to students' needs. The graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program of Drexel University is prepared to:

  • Apply concepts from liberal arts to nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership behaviors that enhance patient safety and quality care.
  • Apply research-based evidence to nursing practice.
  • Integrate technology to support clinical decision making in patient-centered care.
  • Examine healthcare policy and financial/regulatory environments that influence the delivery of healthcare.
  • Foster caring and collaborative relationships with self, patient, and the healthcare community that provide positive outcomes.
  • Practice culturally congruent care that addresses health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Assimilate ethical principles and professional standards into practice using evidence-based clinical judgment.
  • Apply age-specific knowledge to provide safe, competent care across the lifespan.
  • Pursue lifelong learning as a means to enhance practice.

A BSN is awarded at the completion of the program.

Additional Information

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
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
English Sequence
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
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 III4.5
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 **4.0
Mathematics/Data Analysis courses
HSCI 345Statistics for Health Sciences4.5
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I ***4.0
Anatomy courses
HSCI 101Anatomy and Physiology I5.0
HSCI 102Anatomy and Physiology II5.0
HSCI 103Anatomy and Physiology III5.0
Nursing courses
NURS 120Contemporary Health Care3.0
NURS 221Concepts of Pathophysiology in Nursing3.0
NURS 225Health Assessment for Nursing Practice5.0
NURS 226Fundamentals of Nursing Practice6.0
NURS 317 [WI] Genetics for Healthcare Professionals3.0
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 423 [WI] Research Basis of Nursing Practice4.0
NURS 495Comprehensive Nursing Concepts3.0
Humanities electives3.0
Social Science electives3.0
Nursing electives9.0
Free electives6.0
Total Credits181.0

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 Program. 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.

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.

4-year, 1 Co-op

First Year
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0BIO 2265.0VACATION
HSCI 1015.0HSCI 1025.0CIVC 1011.0 
MATH 1014.0PSY 1013.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
NURS 1203.0SOC 1013.0HSCI 1035.0 
UNIV NH1011.0Language Requirement4.0Humanities Elective3.0 
 16 18 17 0
Second Year
CHEM 1083.0CHEM 1034.5COOP 101*1.0NFS 2204.0
ECON 2404.0NURS 2255.0NURS 3173.0NURS 3216.0
NURS 2213.0NURS 2266.0NURS 3206.0NURS 3293.0
Social Science Elective3.0 NURS 3233.0 
  PSY 1203.0 
 13 15.5 16 13
Third Year
HSCI 3454.5NURS 3286.0  
NURS 3226.0NURS 4234.0  
Free Elective3.0Free Elective3.0  
 16.5 17 0 0
Fourth Year
NURS 3276.0NURS 3266.0NURS 4216.0 
NURS 4206.0Nursing Elective6.0NURS 4953.0 
NURS 4223.0 Nursing Elective3.0 
 15 12 12 
Total Credits 181

5-year, 3 Co-ops

First Year
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0BIO 2265.0VACATION
HSCI 1015.0HSCI 1025.0CIVC 1011.0 
MATH 1014.0PSY 1013.0COOP 101*1.0 
NURS 1203.0SOC 1013.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
UNIV NH1011.0Language Requirement4.0HSCI 1035.0 
  Humanities Elective3.0 
 16 18 18 0
Second Year
ECON 2404.0NURS 2255.0  
NURS 2213.0NURS 2266.0  
Social Science elective3.0   
 13 15.5 0 0
Third Year
NURS 3206.0NURS 3216.0  
NURS 3233.0NURS 3293.0  
PSY 1203.0   
 15 13 0 0
Fourth Year
HSCI 3454.5NURS 3286.0  
NURS 3226.0NURS 4234.0  
Free Elective3.0Free Elective3.0  
 16.5 17 0 0
Fifth Year
NURS 3276.0NURS 3266.0NURS 4216.0 
NURS 4206.0Nursing electives6.0NURS 4953.0 
NURS 4223.0 Nursing Elective3.0 
 15 12 12 
Total Credits 181

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 healthcare 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 four-year track participate in Co-op II, an education experience in the traditional healthcare environment that emphasizes 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 the role of 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.

Clinical Affiliations

Clinical Placement Sites

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

11th Street Family Health Services
Abington Memorial Hospital
Albert Einstein Medical Center
Althea Wright House
Belmont Center
Bryn Mawr Hospital
Paoli Hospital
Casa Farnese
Catholic Social Services
Center for Urban Development
Cooper University Hospital
Chandler Hall
Chestnut Hill Hospital
CHOP (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
Christiana Care (Wilmingon Hospital)
Chester County Hospital
Crozer-Chester Medical Center
Delaware County Memorial Hospital
Devereaux Children's Behavioral Health Center
Doylestown Hospital
Fairmount Behavioral Health
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Foulkeways at Gwynedd
Friends Hospital
Gladys B Jacobs
Good Shepherd Penn Partners
Gray Manor
Harrison Community Center
Holy Redeemer Hospital and Medical Center
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Inspira Medical Center
Jefferson Bucks, Jefferson Torresdale
Jefferson Stratford Hospital
Kirkbride Center
Landsdale Hospital (Abington Health)
Lankenau Hospital
Lourdes Medical Center
Masonic Homes
Mercy Hospital
Methodist Hospital
Moss Rehab - AEMC
Nazareth Hospital
Norris Suare
North East Treatment Centers
Our Brother's Place
Our Lady of Lourdes
Paul's Run
Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia School District
Presbyterian Medical Center
Rejuvenations at Fair Acres
Riddle Memorial Hospital
School District of Philadelphia
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
St. John's Hospice
St. Joseph's Manor
St. Joseph's Villa
St. Mark's
St. Mary's Medical Center
Shriners Hospital for Children
SPIN, Inc.
Spring Hospital
Sunday Breakfast
Taylor Hospital
Temple University Hospital
Temple Children's Hospital
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
United Methodist Communities
Village of Arts and Humanities
Virtua Health (Voorhees, Marlton, Memorial)
West Popular Community Center
Yorktown Manor

Nursing Faculty

Suzan Blacher, PhD, RN, CARN (Drexel University) RN-BSN Program. Assistant Clinical Professor. Care of the patient with substance use disorders; stigmatization of addictions.
Beth Chiatti, PhD, RN, CTN, CSN (Widener University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Genetics, transcultural nursing, immigrant health, human rights and global health
Danielle Devine, PhD, RN (Villanova University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Neurology, Critical Care.
Gloria Donnelly, PhD (Bryn Mawr College) Dean Emerita. Professor. Nursing education and a variety of mental health topics including assertiveness, stress and change.
Katie Duncan, MSN, AGPCNP-BC (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner.
Theresa Fay-Hillier, DrPH, MSN, PMHCNS-BC (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Child, adolescent and family mental health nursing.
Maryann Godshall, PhD, RN, CCRN, CPN, CNE (Duquesne University). Associate Clinical Professor. Pediatrics, critical care, nursing education, pediatric burn patients.
Karen Goldschmidt, PhD, RN (Wilmington University) Department Chair, RN-BSN Completion Department . Assistant Clinical Professor. Professional issues, nursing education, staff development, scholarly writing.
Maureen Gonzales, MSN, WHNP (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Women's health, high risk obstetrics.
Cynthia Hambach, MSN, RN, CCRN (Widener University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Critical care nursing.
Dana C. Kemery, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, CEN, CPEN (Drexel Universiy). Assistant Clinical Professor. Emergency nursing (adult and pediatric), nursing education.
Kayann Laughlin, MAHEd, MSN, RN (Arcadia University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Community/public health, administration.
MaryKay Maley, DNP, APN, FNP, RN-BC (University of Miami). Assistant Clinical Professor. Family health, faith community nursing, health promotion/disease prevention and mindfulness-based stress reduction.
Tasha Martin-Peters, MSN, RN (Duke University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pediatric critical care, pediatric cardiac care.
Pamela McGee, MSN, FNP-BC, CNE (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Medical/surgical nursing, gerontology, primary care, family nurse practitioner.
Kristen McLaughlin, PhD (candidate), MSN, RN, CPNP-PC (Widener University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pediatric nurse practitioner.
Nancy Murphy, PhD, RN, CNE (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth). Assistant Clinical Professor. Maternal child health, psychiatric/mental health; community, home and public health care.
Maura Nitka, MSN, RN, CPN (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pediatric nursing.
Jennifer Olszewski, EdD, MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC (Drexel University) Interim Chair of the BSN Nursing Accelerated Career Entry Program. Assistant Clinical Professor. Adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, dementia care.
Alis Kotler Panzera, DrNP, WHNP-BC, RN (Drexel University) Director of Nursing Student Success. Assistant Clinical Professor. Board certified women’s health nurse practitioner, reproductive health and female urology.
Genevieve Porrecca, MSN, RN, PCCN (Holy Family University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Critical care
Catherine Quay, MSN, RN-BC (Pace University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Board certified gerontology, medical/surgical nursing, dementia.
Leland Rockstraw, PhD, RN (Drexel University). Clinical Professor. Graduate Nursing-Advanced Roles. Adult orthopedic/surgical, emergency care, critical care, and trauma/surgery intensive care and healthcare simulation.
Al Rundio, PhD, DNP, RN, APRN, CARN-AP, NEA-BC, FNAP, FIAAN, FAAN (Chatham College). Clinical Professor. Transference of dependencies from bariatric surgical procedures, relapse prevention in chemically addicted clients.
Deanna Lynn Schaffer, PhD RN, ACNS-BC (Widener University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Recruitment and retention in higher education, nursing leadership, nursing practice environment, and nursing informatics.
Meaghan Shattuck, MSN, RN, OCN (Holy Family University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Oncology certified, medical/surgical nursing and education.
Helen Teng, PhD, RN (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Community health, immigrant health.
Ann Thiel-Barrett, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNE (Chatham University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Family health nursing.
Denise Way, DNP, MSN, RN (Wilmington University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Osteoporosis prevention throughout the lifespan.
Joyce Welliver, MSN, CRNP, CAC, RN (Drexel University) Director of Faculty Role Development and Clinical Performance. Assistant Clinical Professor. Psychiatric/mental health nursing, adult health
Mary Yost, PhD, RN (Widener Unirsity) Interim Chair of the BSN Co-Op Program. Assistant Clinical Professor. Trauma/Critical Car and Emergency Nursing.
Mary Ann Zimmer, RN, MSN, CPN (Villanova University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pediatrics, adult medical-surgical nursing, nursing education.
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