You will graduate with enhanced skills in professional communication, including professional writing and speaking, and you will expand your professional leadership skills. You will develop facility in technology-based information access and management and will have experience using personal digital assistants (PDAs) and other supports for evidence-based professional nursing practice. You also will have a unique opportunity to explore an area of clinical interest through our senior concentration or senior thesis courses. These courses allow students to add depth to their existing areas of expertise or explore options in other clinical nursing specialties.
You will receive credit for your basic R.N. courses, whether you graduated with a diploma or with an associate's degree, as long as you have grades of "C" or higher. Non-nursing courses with grades of "C" or higher can be transferred to Drexel. You may also take CLEP examinations for college credit in a variety of subjects. An individualized plan of study will be developed based on your previous college work, skills, and interests.
If you are interested in the following M.S.N. programs we encourage you to submit an application in your last term of the R.N.-B.S.N. Department:
- M.S.N. in Clinical Trials Research.
- M.S.N. in Innovation and Intra/Entrepreneurship for Advanced Practice Nursing.
- M.S.N. in Leadership in Health Systems Management.
- M.S.N. in Nursing Education and Faculty Role.
We offer an accelerated R.N.-B.S.N.-M.S.N. option if you are interested in the Nurse Anesthesia and the Nurse Practitioner Departments. We offer the following nurse practitioner areas of study:
- Adult Care Nurse Practitioner Program (online).
- Family Nurse Practitioner Program (on campus).
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program (on campus).
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program (online).
- Women's Healthcare Nurse Practitioner Program (online).
Please note: Students in the M.S.N. Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner tracks may only be admitted from the following areas: Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Students living on the borders of these regions may be admitted with the understanding that all clinical practicums must be taken in the regional states, and that they must be licensed in the respective state.
If you are interested in the Nurse Anesthesia and the Nurse Practitioner Departments, submit an application close to completing the B.S.N. degree. You work closely with the academic advisor to ensure proper progression.
You must meet the admission requirements for the M.S.N. Department. The GRE or MAT exams are waived, with the exception of the Nurse Anesthesia Department. A satisfactory GRE or MAT score is required for the Nurse Anesthesia Department.
If you are accepted to Nurse Anesthesia Department or one of the nurse practitioner tracks, you are permitted to take graduate courses to fulfill Nurs 460 Global Health or Nurs 462 Science, Technology & Health. You are permitted to take up to three graduate courses (nine credits).
You must complete the remaining non-nursing requirements and the remaining upper-division nursing courses.
Please note: You must take "Nurse 465 – Senior Thesis."
You are not permitted to take graduate courses until you have been accepted to the M.S.N. Program.
You remain an undergraduate student until you have completed the required credit hours for the B.S.N. degree.