The College of Nursing and Health Professions

By anticipating and meeting the challenges presented by the nation's healthcare 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

The College of Nursing and Health Professions has more than a century-long history of educating nurses and health professionals. 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 almost 5,000 students,194 full-time and part-time faculty, and 160 staff. The College uniquely prepares clinicians to practice and lead in a rapidly changing healthcare system.

Mission and Approach

Drexel University 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 and reducing health disparities through innovative education, interdisciplinary research, and community-based practice initiatives.

Cooperative Education - The Integration of Learning and Work - The College offers four undergraduate "co-op" programs. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing integrates either three, six-month periods of full employment in the five-year program or one, six-month period in the four-year program. The Bachelor of Science degrees in Nutrition Sciences, Health Services Administration, Behavioral Health Counseling, and Health Sciences offer one, six-month period of full employment throughout the curriculum in the four-year program. Leading regional healthcare institutions employ the College's undergraduate students in co-op positions related to their fields of study and often offer employment after graduation.

Innovation and Technology Infusion - Every program in the College has integrated into their curricula 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 has offered fully online undergraduate and graduate programs since 1999.

A Culture of Excellence - Courses are taught by full-time faculty with deep experience in teaching and practice. Fourteen clinical programs eligible for national accreditation have maintained full accreditation status for the past 12 years. Board Certification and Licensing Examination pass rates are well above national means; many at 100% as in the Physician Assistant and the Nurse Anesthesia programs. Further, in 2014, 311 BS in nursing graduates took the NCLEX examination with a first time pass rate of 97.42%, 10 points higher than the national pass rate.

Research - The College's researchers in nutrition and rehabilitation sciences, couple and family therapy, and nursing and creative arts therapy 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.

Civic Engagement - Since 1996, the College has operated a nationally recognized, nurse-managed health center in North Philadelphia with an interdisciplinary practice including nurse practitioners, nutritionists, physical therapists, dentists, and mental health specialists. The Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center is reinventing healthcare for previously underserved communities through the integration of primary and behavioral healthcare and healthy living programs. The 11th Street Center is reducing health disparities through more than 32,000 visits per year through which the College's students learn to appreciate the nuances of high quality, community-based care.

Accreditation

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), the master’s degree in Nursing (MSN), and the Doctor of Nursing (DNP) are accredited by CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education). 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 Art Therapy and Counseling, Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, and Music Therapy and Counseling are approved by AATA (American Art Therapy Association),  ADTA (American Dance Therapy Association), and AMTA (American Music 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 (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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