The College of Nursing and Health Professions

By anticipating and meeting the challenges presented by the nation's health care system, Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions is doing its part to guarantee a lasting legacy for current and future health professionals.

The College of Nursing and Health Professions offers a wide range of undergraduate programs. Many offer flexible scheduling, making it possible for students to continue their education through part-time, online, night, or weekend study.

About the College

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ employment projections, the health care sector accounts for nearly 40% of the net increase in employment over the next 10 years, adding 3.8 million jobs by 2024. The national movement to improve health and care delivery is rising in tandem with these numbers. 

The College of Nursing and Health Professions has more than a century-long history of educating nurses and health professionals, uniquely preparing clinicians to practice and lead in a rapidly changing healthcare system. Since 2002, the College has embraced the practical ingenuity of Drexel through the refinement and development of more than 25 undergraduate and graduate nursing and health professions programs characterized by the integration of learning and work through cooperative education, a culture of excellence, innovation and technology infusion, research and deep civic engagement. The College has grown to include more than 5,000 students, 200 full-time faculty and 104 staff.

Mission and Approach

The College of Nursing and Health Professions prepares competent and compassionate health professionals through technology-infused and evidence-based programs. The College is committed to leading the way in improving health, reducing health disparities through innovative education, interdisciplinary research, and community-based practice initiatives.

The College has established an interdisciplinary practice in primary care, physical therapy, nutrition sciences and mental health care, including couple and family therapy, behavioral health counseling and creative arts therapies, where students learn and work with faculty in honing their clinical skills. In addition, Drexel’s partnerships with employers of health professionals through its co-operative education program affords the opportunity for its undergraduate nursing and health professions students to work in the best healthcare institutions, regionally and nationally, as part of their program of study. This approach challenges the notion of “best practice” with “real practice” and helps our students to achieve the highest learning and clinical outcomes, while gaining a competitive edge in the job market.

Every program in the College has integrated into its curriculum cutting edge technology, including the use of high fidelity manikins and simulation, to build knowledge and skills in both safe and experimental learning situations before practice in actual clinical settings. All courses are web-enhanced with learning tools and information that support knowledge mastery.

The College's researchers in nutrition and rehabilitation sciences, couple and family therapy, and nursing and creative arts therapies have garnered on average $2.9 million in external funding annually. Undergraduate and graduate students work with cutting-edge researchers building knowledge in clinical disciplines with the ultimate goal of improving the quality and outcomes of care.


The College has 12 nationally accredited or approved clinical programs. Pass rates for professional licensing and board certifications are well above the national mean, with nine programs boasting a 100% pass rate and nursing first-time pass rates consistently above 95%.

  • The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (BSN) and the Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN) programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036, 202-887-6791. These programs and the post-graduate APRN certificates are also approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.
  • The Couple and Family Therapy MFT degree and Post-Master's Certificate programs are accredited by COAMFTE (Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education).
  • The Creative Arts Therapies MA degree programs in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, Music Therapy and Counseling, and Art Therapy and Counseling are approved by the ADTA (American Dance Therapy Association), the AMTA (American Music Therapy Association), and the AATA (American Art Therapy Association), respectively.
  • The Didactic Program in Nutrition is accredited by ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics).
  • The Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by COA (Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs).
  • The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) program is accredited by CAPTE (Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education).
  •  The Physician Assistant program is accredited by ARC-PA (Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant).
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