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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ACE BSN Department?

The ACE BSN Department was started in 2001 at Drexel University in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. It is a full-time baccalaureate nursing study for men and women who have earned a bachelor's degree in another field and are interested in changing careers. This department confers the Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree in just 11 months of full-time study. Graduates may select positions from a variety of practice sites and specialties including critical care, maternal-child health, military services, pharmaceutical research, and many others.

How long does it take to complete the track?

The ACE BSN Department is 11 months in duration and the shortest accelerated BSN track in the country. We accept two cohorts per year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Drexel University is on the quarter system; therefore, you attend classes and clinical rotations on a full-time basis over four quarters.

What is unique about this department compared to other accelerated departments?

At Drexel University, we believe in infusing technology into all of our departments. In nursing, we utilize personal digital assistants (PDAs) in the classroom as well as in the clinical setting. Additionally, all courses are Web-enhanced and students take a Nursing Informatics course. Students have a standardized patient lab experience and utilize standardized computerized tests throughout the track. In addition to technology, students are provided with a summative review course that prepares them to take a comprehensive standardized exit exam at the program's conclusion and the licensure exam for registered nurses. Also, we pride ourselves on our experienced faculty who are specialists in their respective fields.

Is the ACE BSN Department accredited and recognized as a top nursing school?

Yes, the ACE BSN Department is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. Drexel nursing programs are highly recognized locally as well as nationally. Our mean cumulative pass rate for the R.N. licensure exam for all graduating classes since the program's inception is over 97 percent. This pass rate is one of the highest in the nation.

Do the graduates from the ACE BSN Department get jobs?

Absolutely! The nursing shortage is expected to continue to grow well into the twenty-first century. The graduates of our ACE BSN Department have a reputation as mature individuals rich with life experience and proven records of academic success. Our graduates are heavily recruited by many healthcare institutions.

What nursing options will be available to me upon completion of this track?

The ACE BSN Department will prepare you to take an entry-level position as a registered nurse in several types of settings including hospitals, out-patient clinics and offices, or insurance and pharmaceutical companies. The majority of students take positions in hospital settings in units such as medical, surgical, critical care, emergency room, obstetrics, pediatrics, oncology, psychiatric, and gerontological units.

Do graduates of your program typically go on for further education?

Many of our ACE graduates have graduated from master's of science in nursing programs and are now working in a variety of settings as nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and nurse educators. Click here for details regarding Drexel University's many graduate nursing programs.

What is the difference between the ACE BSN Department and the Co-op BSN Department?

Students who already have a bachelors degree and are interested in entering the nursing profession as a "second-degree graduate" are eligible for the ACE BSN Department. The Co-op BSN Department does not require a baccalaureate degree. The Co-op Department includes three integrated employment opportunities over the course of five years. Students who graduate from either of these tracks receive a bachelor's degree and are eligible to sit for the R.N. licensure exam.

What is included in your admission criteria?

To be admitted to the department, the candidate must have earned a prior baccalaureate degree with a 3.0 overall GPA or 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework completed. Also, students are required to take prerequisite courses before matriculating in the ACE Department. The university grants advanced credit for courses completed at regionally accredited colleges and universities. We may also grant credit for courses from colleges that are recognized candidates for accreditation (according to the Association of College and Schools/Commission on Higher Education), or if they are substantially equivalent to courses offered in the desired major at Drexel University.

ALL prerequisite courses must be completed prior to starting the ACE Department with a grade of "C" or better.

Can I enroll in the ACE BSN Department part-time?

No, it is a full-time track. In fact, due to its accelerated pace and rigorous nature, we strongly discourage students from working while they are enrolled.