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  • RN to BSN


    You can always spot a Drexel Nurse
    The online RN to BSN program that turns RN's into leaders

    The Drexel University Bachelor of Science in Nursing accredited online program is a different sort of online RN to BSN program. Employers know what makes a Drexel nurse stand out – it’s the action-based learning and in-depth clinical skills that allow our students to use their newly acquired knowledge immediately and improve patient outcomes to lead nursing into the future.

    A 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) study predicts that nurses with a baccalaureate degree will increase from 50 percent to 80 percent by 2020.* In the highly competitive field of nursing, a Drexel University RN-to-BSN degree can help give you an edge with minimal disruption to your hectic work schedule. By earning this bachelor’s degree online, you're able to remain employed while learning valuable skills that will result in greater career opportunities over time.

    Program Features

    • The RN to BSN program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)**
    • You can transfer all general electives, up to 135 out of the 180 required quarter credits. Credit is awarded for completed RN licensure courses.
    • Special tuition plans for ANA members, employees of health system partners and community colleges.
    • Three-year tuition lock for those who complete the RN to BSN program within 3 years
    • Employers know graduates of Drexel’s online BSN program perform better in their profession and assume roles that demand critical-thinking, decision-making, communication, and leadership skills.
    • Free to apply, plus two complimentary transcript requests
    • RNs who hold bachelor’s degrees in another field of study can prepare for an advanced degree through the RN to MSN online program.
    • Ability to work with virtual patients through our Health Assessment Simulation Lab
    • Robust practice experience woven through each aspect of the curriculum using both traditional and innovative learning technologies, such as simulation lab, problem-based web learning, direct patient interaction, and community outreach
    • Courses taught by experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel's acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions
    • Outstanding support services, including 24/7 tech support, online access to Drexel University’s award-winning W.W. Hagerty Library, Drexel’s Writing Center, and much more

    *"The Future of Nursing - Leading Change, Advancing Health," Institute of Medicine, 2010

    **The baccalaureate programs at Drexel University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

    ***This program is not currently accepting applications from students living in Iowa, Louisiana, or Wisconsin.

    ***Students living in North Carolina may be admitted to the program, however cannot complete their clinical practicum requirements in the state of North Carolina. Clinicals may be completed in a neighboring state.

    ***MARYLAND RESIDENTS: Students taking an online course with a clinical component or practicum CANNOT complete the clinical or practicum portion of the course within the state of Maryland at this time. If you are a licensed Registered Nurse (R.N.) you may complete a clinical or practicum in Virginia and Delaware which share in a Nurse Compact for Licensure with Maryland. Students who reside in Maryland may continue to take online courses at Drexel University, but they must do the clinical portion of the course in another state. If you have already made arrangements to complete your clinical in Maryland, please contact your Academic Advisor or Director of Clinical Education immediately to help you find a new clinical site.

    ***WASHINGTON RESIDENTS: Drexel University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Drexel University to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the council does not carry with it an endorsement by the council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.


    This program allows transfer of up to 135 quarter credits (equivalent to 90 semester credits) from any accredited institution of higher learning as long as the grade is a C or better. Most credits will fulfill liberal arts or general classes.

    Tier 1 Courses 
    ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
    ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
    ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
    Or transfer in 2 English courses (3 semester credits from a semester school) must include one semester of composition)
    Humanities Electives4.5
    Intro to Sociology4.5
    General Psychology4.5
    Developmental Psychology4.5
    Nursing Electives45.0
    Anatomy & Physiology I & II (w/ Labs)12.0
    Microbiology w/ Lab6.0
    Tier 2 Courses 
    Intro to Computer Science of Communication3.0
    Statistics of the Health Sciences4.0
    Health Care Economics, Macro or Micro4.0
    Health Care Ethics I or Advanced Health Care Ethics3.0
    Social Science Electives3.0
    Science Electives5.0
    Pharmacology or Advanced Physiology or Pathophysiology5.0
    Open electives18.0
    Tier 3 Courses 
    NURS 324Intro to Online Learning:Tools for Success3.0
    NURS 325 Critical Issues in Nursing3.0
    NURS 330Research Basis of Nursing4.0
    NURS 335Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice3.0
    NURS 340Transformational Leadership3.0
    NURS 346Health Assessment6.0
    NURS 375Nurses Building a Healthy Community6.0
    NURS 380Complex Systems of Care: Technology, Patient Safety & Quality4.0
    NURS 407Issues in Aging and Longesvity 4.0
    NURS 460Global Health & Policy Issues6.0
    NURS 465Senior Capstone in Nursing3.0
    Total Credits180.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • High School diploma or equivalency
    • Associates degree or diploma in Nursing
    • College GPA of 2.0 or above
    • Current, unrestricted United States RN licensure
      • Your application will be reviewed prior to taking the NCLEX exam, but in order to begin the program you must have an active license.
      • If you're preparing to sit for the NCLEX, you're welcome to apply and start the program on a provisional basis. You may take one nursing course, NURS 324, in your first term after graduation from an Associate Degree Program. Once RN licensure is obtained, you may matriculate into the RN-BSN program.
    • Official transcripts must show that 60 semester hours of the following college prerequisites were completed with a grade of C or better. It is expected that students have the majority of these requirements complete at the time of application, including at least one college-level English course.
      • Nursing - 30 hours
      • English (including one semester of composition) - 6 hours
      • Humanities (studio courses not acceptable) - 3 hours
      • Anatomy and Physiology - 8 hours
      • Microbiology - 4 hours
      • Sociology - 3 hours
      • Growth and Development - 3 hours
      • Psychology - 3 hours

    Articulation Credits

    • Graduates of National League for Nursing–accredited associate or diploma nursing programs who meet criteria of the Pennsylvania Nursing Articulation Model will receive credit for 30 semester hours of nursing, which may be applied toward the program entrance requirements.

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • A copy of your RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is also acceptable)
    • Official score reports for any CLEP or AP exams taken
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $637 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $707 per credit)

    This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.

    Additional Equipment/Lab Fees

    Community Health Experience

    NURS 375 - Nurses Building a Healthy Community focuses on the professional role of the public health/community nurse working collaboratively with aggregates, community partners, and health officials within the community as part of an interdisciplinary team in order to promote a healthier community. An introduction to conceptual frameworks that guide community-based, population-focused practice and research is included in both the classroom and the clinical portions of the course. You'll use skills in community assessment, program planning, and nursing interventions to help identified populations within community attain and maintain their optimum level of health. Selected measures for evaluating the outcomes of community health nursing programs are discussed as well as those that may be broader in scope.

    The practice component for this course involves a community assessment, a health promotion and disease prevention program, program project planning and implementation, as well as collaboration with others in the community. It is also expected that you'll have opportunities to look at community resources, talk with community partners and if possible experience community outreach.

    Ideas for Experiential Learning

    Community Nurse Roles

    • Assisted Living
    • Camp Nursing
    • Cardiac Rehab
    • Case Manager
    • Clinic

    • Diabetic Educator
    • Discharge Planning for a Rehab Agency
    • Health Department
    • Health Educator

    • Home Care
    • Hospice
    • Parish Nursing
    • Public Health Department
    • School Nursing


    Government Funded 

    City public health departments 
    County public health agencies 
    Disaster agencies 
    Federal public health agencies (Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health)
    Federally-qualified health centers 
    Nurse-managed care centers
    Poison control center 
    State public health agencies 

    Not-for-Profit Organizations & Outreach Groups

    American Cancer Association
    American Heart Association
    Diabetes organizations  
    Family planning clinics  
    Flu shot clinics
    March of Dimes
    National Lung Association
    Screening programs (Stroke screenings, HIV,
    or volunteer agencies that provide clinics)

    Community Mental Health

    Community-based mental health centers
    Mental health crisis centers
    Mental retardation centers
    Methadone clinics
    Substance abuse community centers

    School Nurses

    Charter schools
    Private schools   
    Public schools
    Religious schools
    University student health facilities

    Hospital-Based Programs

    Clinics for low-income families
    Community outreach department of local hospitals
    Diabetic educator
    Nurse-Family partnership programs/Maternal-Child programs

    Senior Citizen Support

    Adult day care services for special needs seniors Alzheimer programs 
    Assisted living homes
    Frail elder home programs  
    Senior adult activity centers
    Senior citizen buildings  

    Home Visiting

    Home hospice agencies
    Hospital based home care agencies
    Parish nurses
    Visiting Nurses Association

    Social Service Agencies

    Homeless shelters
    Immigrant welcoming programs
    Migrant health programs
    Travelers aid

    Miscellaneous Roles

    Breastfeeding support groups  
    Environmental health agencies
    Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts camps
    Homes for pregnant teens
    Special needs camps
    Summer sleep away camps
    Volunteer agencies


    Study Abroad

    In collaboration with Outreach Paraguay and Southeast Lancaster Health Services, you'll have the opportunity to complete an international service project that will meet the Practice Experience in NURS 375 Community Health or NURS 460 Global Health.

    The purpose of this project is to provide an enriching, cross-cultural experience in the field of healthcare for both professional healthcare providers and students with the hope of improving the health of a vulnerable community in Paraguay. Please contact your academic advisor for details.

    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2015     

    September 21, 2015

    December 5, 2015

    December 7, 2015

    December 12, 2015

    Winter 2016 

    January 4, 2016

    March 14, 2016

    March 15, 2016

    March 19, 2016

    Spring 2016 

    March 28, 2016

    June 6, 2016

    June 7, 2016

    June 10, 2016

    Summer 2016 

    June 20, 2016

    August 29, 2016

    August 30, 2016

    September 3, 2016

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