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.
- The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- 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.
- 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
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State restrictions may apply to some programs.
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.
You can transfer 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.
- High School diploma or equivalency
- Associates degree or diploma in Nursing
- The nursing program must be both regionally accredited and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education for Nursing (ACEN)
- 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
- Students must be graduates of a nursing program that is both regionally accredited and accredited by either the Accreditation Commission for Education for Nursing (ACEN), or the National League for Nursing Commission on Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA). Students 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.
With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application 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 2018-2019 is $465 per credit. (A 40% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $775 per credit)
- This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
- Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
- These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
- Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
- All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
- Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
- When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.
Community Health Experience
NURS 375 - Nurses Building a Healthy Community
The course 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
City public health departments
Breastfeeding support groups
Community Mental Health
Community-based mental health centers
Not-for-Profit Organizations & Outreach Groups
American Cancer Association
Clinics for low-income families
Senior Citizen Support
Adult day care services for special needs seniors Alzheimer programs
Home hospice agencies
Social Service Agencies
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