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
Minimum Required Credits: 75.0
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 RNs who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing 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.


For the following tracks, students submit an application to the MSN program upon admission:

Eligible MSN Programs

Admission Requirements

The students must meet the admission requirements for the MSN program.

Student's academic transcript and professional experience are reviewed and credit is applied to meet the degree requirements. Students are awarded both the BSN and MSN at the completion of the program. 

*Drexel University is currently unable to admit students living in Washington state to this program. 

Additional Information

For more information, contact:  

Graduate Nursing Division

Degree Requirements

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

BSN Courses
NURS 325 [WI] Critical Issues in Nursing4.5
NURS 335Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice4.5
NURS 460Population Health: Local & Global6.0
Portfolio Assessment15.0
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 Credits75.0-86.0

MSN Concentrations (Select one)

Clinical Nurse Leader

NURS 531Epidemiology in Action: Tracking Health & Disease3.0
NURS 532Evaluation of Health Outcomes3.0
NURS 574Advanced Integrative Clinical Concepts 4.5
NUPR 664The Economics and Business of Healthcare4.5
NUPR 602Foundations for Clinical Nurse Leader5.0
NURS 603Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone Immersion I5.0
NURS 604Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone Immersion II5.0
Total Credits30.0

Clinical Research

*Applications are not currently being accepted for the Nursing Innovation Concentration

NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
NURS 608Foundations of Good Clinical Practice in Clinical Research 4.0
NURS 645Concepts of Clinical Research Management I 4.5
NURS 653Concepts of Clinical Research Management II4.5
NURS 654Pre-Practicum1.0
NURS 655Writing for Publication: Introduction Capstone3.0
NURS 668Practicum, Leadership and Career Development5.0
Total Credits32.0

Nurse Educator

NURS 574Advanced Integrative Clinical Concepts 4.5
NURS 591Foundations of Healthcare Education3.0
NURS 606Curriculum Design for Higher Level Cognition3.0
NURS 613The Role and Responsibility of the Nurse Educator 3.0
NURS 615Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation3.0
NURS 616Teaching Methods in Nursing Education3.0
IPS 617Simulation in Healthcare Education4.5
NURS 632Nursing Education Practicum 6.0
Total Credits30.0

Nursing Innovation

*Applications are not currently being accepted for the Nursing Innovation Concentration

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
Total Credits30.0-33.0

Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management

PROJ 501Introduction to Project Management3.0
NUPR 663Communication and Self-Awareness for Leadership4.5
NUPR 664The Economics and Business of Healthcare4.5
NUPR 665Managing Operations and Human Resources for Quality Outcomes of Care Delivery 4.5
NURS 666Leadership in Health Systems Management Practicum 6.0
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

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.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirement

A [WI], Writing Intensive, next to a graduate course in this catalog indicates that the graduate course is a writing intensive course. The graduate course is a required course in your curriculum.

Sample Plan of Study - Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration

First Year
NURS 3254.5NURS 4606.0NURS 5003.0NURS 5023.0
NURS 3354.5Portfolio Assessment15.0NURS 5913.0NURS 6063.0
 9 21 6 6
Second Year
NURS 5443.0RSCH 5033.0RSCH 5043.0NURS 5744.5
NURS 6133.0NURS 6153.0NURS 6163.0 
 6 6 6 4.5
Third Year
IPS 6174.5NURS 6326.0  
 4.5 6  
Total Credits 75

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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