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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.

    Learn more about current and projected salaries and trends in the nursing industry

    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 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.

    Tier 1 Courses  
    ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research 3.0
    ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing 3.0
    ENGL 103 Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres 3.0
    Or transfer in 2 English courses (3 semester credits from a semester school) must include one semester of composition
    Humanities Elective 3.0
    Intro to Sociology 3.0
    General Psychology 3.0
    Developmental Psychology 3.0
    Nursing Electives 45.0
    Anatomy & Physiology I & II (w/ Labs) 10.0
    Microbiology w/ Lab 5.0
    Science Elective 3.0
    Tier 2 Courses  
    Intro to Computer Science of Communication 3.0
    Statistics of the Health Sciences 4.0
    Health Care Economics, Macro or Micro 4.0
    Health Care Ethics I or Advanced Health Care Ethics 3.0
    Social Science Elective 3.0
    Science Electives 6.0
    Pharmacology or Advanced Physiology or Pathophysiology 5.0
    Open electives 23.0
    Tier 3 Courses  
    NURS 324 Intro to Online Learning:Tools for Success 3.0
    NURS 325 Critical Issues in Nursing 3.0
    NURS 330 Research Basis of Nursing 4.0
    NURS 335 Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice 3.0
    NURS 340 Transformational Leadership 3.0
    NURS 346 Health Assessment 6.0
    NURS 375 Nurses Building a Healthy Community 6.0
    NURS 380 Complex Systems of Care: Technology, Patient Safety & Quality 4.0
    NURS 407 Issues in Aging and Longevity  4.0
    NURS 460 Global Health & Policy Issues 6.0
    NURS 465 Senior Capstone in Nursing 3.0
    Total Credits 180.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • 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

    Articulation Credits

    • 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.

    Required Documents

    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 AlumniMilitary 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.

    Additional Equipment/Lab Fees

    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

    • 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


    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 

    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

    Community Mental Health

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

    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)

    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

    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

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