Frequently Asked Questions

How soon would I be able to enter courses in the nursing major?

Students take two introductory nursing courses: Nursing in Society and Health Promotion during freshman year. In addition, students also take University 101, a course that explores college expectations and experiences, which is taught by a nursing faculty member. You are a nursing student and are connected with nursing faculty as soon as you begin your freshman year of college.

What innovative courses does Drexel's BSN Co-op Department offer?

Some of our unique courses include Nursing Informatics, Genetics in Nursing and Health, Synthesis of Nursing Knowledge, Senior Seminar, and a selection of Nursing Elective Courses. Take a look at the course descriptions to see these and our other BSN courses.

What is co-op education?

Co-operative education involves employment experiences in the nursing major integrated into every student's plan of study. During co-op experiences, students are employed at major healthcare agencies and have opportunities to gain healthcare and nursing experience as paid employees.

What kinds of co-op experiences do students in the Department have?

In the five-year track, students have three co-op experiences that last six months each. The first, Nursing in the Contemporary Health Network, provides students an introduction to the healthcare world and takes place during sophomore year. Students work in administrative support roles during this co-op. Next, students go to their Acute and Chronic Illness Co-op in the prejunior (third) year. Finally, during junior year, students have a Specialty Nursing Co-op experience. In the four-year track, students complete only the Acute and Chronic Illness Co-op experience.

Will I need to find my own co-op positions?

The BSN Co-Op Department partners with Drexel's Steinbright Career Development Center (SCDC) to find appropriate co-op positions for nursing students. Students work with SCDC Co-op coordinators to develop resumes, learn professional work behaviors, interview for co-op positions, and work in healthcare settings. In addition, the SCDC staff will assist students with career-management plans as they graduate and search for positions as registered nurses.

For specific questions about the co-op component of the BSN Co-op Department, you may also contact Gerrie Betka, assistant director of co-op, at 215-762-7469.

What about clinical experiences?

In addition to co-op, students have faculty-supervised clinical experiences in all nursing specialty areas including adult health, women's health, pediatrics, psychiatric and mental health, community, gerontology, and complex/critical care. Clinical experiences are integrated with academic coursework.

What technological enhancements will I have access to as a student in the BSN Co-op Department?

Drexel has a completely wireless campus and all on-line resources, including many library resources, are available this way. All nursing courses are Web enhanced. During co-op experiences, students take on-line synthesis courses and have access to a special co-op community Web site.

Students receive the latest in handheld technology. Instant access to critical information at the point of care is complemented by Drexel's cutting edge educational activities in simulation and standardized patient labs.

What is the difference between 4th and 5th year?

There are two main difference between the 4 year plan of study and the 5 year plan of study in the BSN Co-Op program. 1) # of co-ops and 2) timeline of courses and of clinical courses.

4 year

- One co-op (Acute and Chronic Illness) - resulting 6 months work experience on resume at graduation and condensed course sequencing

5 year

- Three co-ops (1. Introdution to Contemporary Healthcare Network; 2. Acute & Chronic Illness and 3. Specialty Nursing Concentration - resulting in 18 months of diverse, work-related experiences on resume at graduation and course credits spread over more gradual timeline.