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Admission Requirements

  • A master's degree with a major in nursing (MSN) from a regionally accredited program with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.
  • A copy of your current, unrestricted United States RN license or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse. License verification from your nursing license registry website are acceptable. Applicants must have a current RN license in the state of Pennsylvania.
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended. Instead of hard copy transcripts, your post-secondary institution can supply official electronic transcripts directly to Drexel University Online through a password secured link or website (use our email address, customerservice@drexel.com.) You must supply transcripts regardless of the number of credits earned or the type of school you attended. If you do not list all post-secondary institutions on your application and these are listed on transcripts received from other institutions, processing of your application will be delayed until you have submitted the remaining transcripts. Click here to use our Transcript Look-up Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions. If you attended a Diploma School of Nursing and the school was affiliated with a college/university, the official transcript must be submitted from the college for any non-nursing courses for which you received credit.
  • Current resume detailing work experience, including specific job responsibilities and departments.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation (from either a previous or immediate supervisor and/or a former nursing faculty member who can attest to the applicant's clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study). References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members. Drexel University Online now accepts electronic letters of recommendation.  Click here for instructions regarding their submission. If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter of recommendation, please remind the recommender that it must be signed and submitted in a sealed envelope signed across the flap by the recommender.
  • Personal statement (800-1,600 words) that will give the Admissions Committee a better understanding of why you are choosing this particular program of study, your plans upon completion of this degree, and how your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program.
  • Applicants seeking admission into the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate program must complete 640 clinical practicum hours in their state of residency or in the state of Pennsylvania.  Accepted students will need to be issued a Pennsylvania RN license in addition to their current state RN license if it is not from Pennsylvania.
  • International applicants: Please click here to view additional requirements.