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  • Dual Accelerated RN-BSN-MSN

    NOTE: This program is coming soon. Please fill out the Request More Information form to learn more.

    Drexel’s Dual Accelerated RN-BSN-MSN program is uniquely designed for nurses who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. The program emphasizes the development of competencies related to the use of technology, evidence-based practice, customization of care, health team and interdisciplinary leadership, and outcome and risk assessment within the selected specialty track.

    Second degree registered nurses (RNs) who wish to pursue a BSN in an accelerated time frame may take 15 quarter credits at the BSN level and then directly matriculate into one of the MSN Advanced Role programs. To get started, complete the admission process to the MSN program of your choice and seek initial advisement from that program's academic advisor. The graduate program department chair will then review your file for program eligibility. 

    Upon graduation, you will be prepared to:

    • Take on leadership roles in a variety of healthcare settings
    • Practice within a legal and ethical framework of healthcare delivery
    • Demonstrate critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills in clinical decision-making
    • Integrate technologies and relevant theories into the organization and synthesis of health data required to develop plans of care for patients, families, and communities
    • Demonstrate leadership through involvement in the development of outcome-based standards of care and practice-based health policy issues
    • Evaluate and modify the quality and effectiveness of clinical practice based on current research findings, standards of care, and patient outcomes
    • Contribute to the advancement of nursing, healthcare, and humanity through communication, collaboration, and education

    Program Features

    • After successfully completing the 15 undergraduate bridge credits and being accepted into the MSN program, you will progress directly into graduate-level coursework
    • The BSN is awarded at the same time you complete the MSN
    • Emphasizes evidence-based approaches to the solution of clinical problems, assessment of nursing and healthcare outcomes, clinical decision-making, and the design of nursing care for clinical populations at the clinical unit or similar small system level, lateral care integration, and clinically-based leadership
    • Practicum experiences provide opportunities to deepen your skills and develop additional competencies for the advanced role

    MSN Advanced Role Concentrations

    To apply, please complete the admission process to the MSN program of your choice and seek initial advisement from the MSN program academic advisors.

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.
    The RN-BSN-MSN program at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    BSN Bridge Courses

    Required Courses  
    NURS 325 Critical Issues in Nursing 4.5
    NURS 335 Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice 4.5
    NURS 460 Population Health: Local and Global 6.0
    Total Credits 15.0

    MSN Concentration Courses (45-48 Additional Credits)

    Admissions Criteria

    You must complete the admission process to the MSN program of your choice and seek initial advisement from that program's academic advisor. The graduate program department chair then reviews your file for program eligibility.

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
    • Graduation from a nursing program that is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education for Nursing (ACEN) 
    • GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework, or 3.25 or above on the last 60 credits of the bachelor's degree
      • If your GPA is lower than a 3.0, your application will be considered on an individual basis
    • While previous clinical/work/volunteer experience is not required, it may make your application more competitive
    • A current, unrestricted United States RN license

    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
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
      • Letters must include the address, phone number, and signature of your recommender
      • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members
    • Personal statement describing your interest in the MSN degree and particular concentration  area  
    • Resume including specific details of your responsibilities and job experiences
    • A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable)
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    An admissions interview may be required.

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2018-2019 is $968 per credit. (A 10% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1075 per credit)



    The tuition rate for undergraduate courses taken during the undergraduate portion of the program is $775/credit.

    For the graduate courses taken during the graduate portion of the program, tuition rates vary by MSN Concentration:

    Academic Calendar

    2018-2019 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2018

    September 24, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    Winter 2019

    January 7, 2019

    March 16, 2019

    March 18, 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Spring 2019

    April 1, 2019

    June 8, 2019

    June 10, 2019

    June 14, 2019

    Summer 2019

    June 24, 2019

    August 31, 2019

    September 3, 2019

    September 7, 2019