Nursing

Major: Nursing
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 182.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Two year transfer student option only)

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1141

About the Program

The BS in Nursing (BSN) is a full-time, four year option with one, 6 month co-op experience in the third year of study. There is also a  five year program which offers three paid, six-month co-op experiences. For eligible transfer students there is a no co-op option which allows students to complete the nursing coursework in two full academic year. Students graduate with a bachelor of science in nursing and eligibility to sit for the RN licensure examination.

The BS in nursing degree is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Drexel’s nursing curriculum is built to respond to the rapidly changing health care system, as well as to student's needs. The graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program of Drexel University is prepared to:

  • Apply concepts from liberal arts to nursing practice.

  • Demonstrate leadership behaviors that enhance patient safety and quality care.

  • Apply research-based evidence to nursing practice.

  • Integrate technology to support clinical decision making in patient-centered care.

  • Examine healthcare policy and financial/regulatory environments that influence the delivery of healthcare.

  • Foster caring and collaborative relationships with self, patient, and the healthcare community that provide positive outcomes .

  • Practice culturally congruent care that addresses health promotion and disease prevention.

  • Assimilate ethical principles and professional standards into practice using evidence-based clinical judgment.

  • Apply age-specific knowledge to provide safe, competent care across the lifespan.

  • Pursue lifelong learning as a means to enhance practice.

A BSN is awarded at the completion of the program.

For more information about the BSN with Co-Op option at Drexel, visit the Nursing Co-Op Program page.

Degree Requirements 

Students should contact their Academic Advisor for any changes to their plans of study prior to registration due to ongoing curriculum updates.

General requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
English Sequence
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
Biology/Nutrition courses
BIO 226Microbiology for Health Professionals5.0
NFS 220Normal & Lifespan Nutrition4.0
NFS 315Nutrition in Chronic Disease4.0
Chemistry courses
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
CHEM 108Health Chemistry I3.0
Humanities and Social Science courses
ECON 240Economics of Health Care Systems4.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Language Requirement (Choose 1 of the following courses) *4.0
Arabic I
Chinese I
French I
German I
Introduction to Hebrew I
Italian I
Japanese I
Korean I
Introduction to Portuguese I
Russian I
Spanish I
Mathematics/Data Analysis courses
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I **4.0
STS 345Statistics for the Health Sciences4.0
Anatomy courses
ANAT 101Anatomy & Physiology I5.0
ANAT 102Anatomy & Physiology II5.0
ANAT 103Anatomy & Physiology III5.0
Nursing courses
NURS 120Contemporary Health Care3.0
NURS 121Relationship-Based Nursing Care3.0
NURS 220Foundations of Nursing Practice8.0
NURS 221Concepts of Pathophysiology in Nursing3.0
NURS 222Medication Principles3.0
NURS 223Clinical Concepts2.0
NURS 320Health and Illness Concepts I6.0
NURS 321Health and Illness Concepts II6.0
NURS 322Concepts of Mental Health Nursing6.0
NURS 323Nursing Pharmacology Concepts I3.0
NURS 326Reproductive Health Across the Lifespan6.0
NURS 327Population Health Concepts6.0
NURS 328Pediatric Health Concepts6.0
NURS 329Nursing Pharmacology Concepts II3.0
NURS 420Health and Illness Concepts III6.0
NURS 421Holistic Gerontological Nursing6.0
NURS 422Leadership Concepts in Nursing3.0
NURS 423Research Basis of Nursing Practice4.0
NURS 495Comprehensive Nursing Concepts3.0
Electives
Humanities electives3.0
Social Science electives3.0
Nursing electives9.0
Free electives6.0
Total Credits182.0
*

 Or approved language course, as determined by student's Academic Advisor

**

 Or other mathematics equivalent by placement exam.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plans of Study 

Students should contact their Academic Advisor for any changes to their plans of study prior to registration due to ongoing curriculum updates.

Term 1Credits
ANAT 101Anatomy & Physiology I5.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 101*Introduction to Analysis I4.0
NURS 121Relationship-Based Nursing Care3.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
ANAT 102Anatomy & Physiology II5.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
Language Requirement4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 3
ANAT 103Anatomy & Physiology III5.0
BIO 226Microbiology for Health Professionals5.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
NURS 120Contemporary Health Care3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
NURS 221Concepts of Pathophysiology in Nursing3.0
ECON 240Economics of Health Care Systems4.0
CHEM 108Health Chemistry I3.0
Social Science Elective3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 5
NURS 220Foundations of Nursing Practice8.0
NURS 222Medication Principles3.0
NURS 223Clinical Concepts2.0
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 6
NURS 320Health and Illness Concepts I6.0
NURS 323Nursing Pharmacology Concepts I3.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 7
NFS 220Normal & Lifespan Nutrition4.0
NURS 321Health and Illness Concepts II6.0
NURS 329Nursing Pharmacology Concepts II3.0
Humanities Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 8
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
STS 345Statistics for the Health Sciences4.0
NURS 322Concepts of Mental Health Nursing6.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
NURS 423Research Basis of Nursing Practice4.0
NURS 326Reproductive Health Across the Lifespan6.0
NFS 315Nutrition in Chronic Disease4.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 10
NURS 422Leadership Concepts in Nursing3.0
NURS 421Holistic Gerontological Nursing6.0
Nursing elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 11
NURS 327Population Health Concepts6.0
NURS 328Pediatric Health Concepts6.0
Nursing elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
NURS 420Health and Illness Concepts III6.0
NURS 495Comprehensive Nursing Concepts3.0
Nursing Elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 182.0
*

 Or other mathematics equivalent by placement exam.

About the Co-op

Cooperative education was designed to provide students with real-world experience in a variety of professional settings before graduation. Co-op integrates full-time work experience in the student's field of study throughout the academic program. The College of Nursing and Health Professions co-op program is one of only two of its kind in the nation.

The nursing co-op provides students with 18 months of cooperative education in addition to the traditional clinical educational experiences.

Through co-op, students will have the opportunity to learn the role of the nurse and unlicensed assistive personnel as well as other daily professional, political, and social issues in a work environment. Both before and during co-op, students will receive instruction on career management and professional development skills, such as résumé writing, job searches, interviewing skills, maintaining a career portfolio, negotiating salary, and professional behavior in the workplace. The clinical background students gain from co-op, coupled with a knowledge of career management, makes the Drexel option a value-added model of nursing education.

Co-op Descriptions

First Experience
Co-op I: Nursing in Contemporary Health Networks
Students will have cooperative education experiences in managed care settings, pharmaceutical companies, and other non-traditional healthcare work environments where nurses and nursing can effect change. Students will either work under the direction of a professional nurse or another health care professional with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree. Students will not perform any basic nursing skills in this role.

Second Experience
Co-op II: Acute and Chronic Health and Illness
Students on the 4-year track participate in Co-Op II, an education experience in the traditional health care environment that emphasize the delivery of nursing care to adults and adolescents with acute and chronic illnesses. The majority of placements will be in general and specialty medical-surgical units. Students will function in the role as an unlicensed assistive person and their job description will be modeled similarly to unlicensed assistive personnel or nursing externs.

Third Experience
Co-op III: Specialty Nursing Concentration
Students will have cooperative education experiences in a specialty area of their choice which will build upon their previous clinical courses and work experiences. For example, students may elect to specialize in labor and delivery, critical care, or return to work for a pharmaceutical or managed care company. Selection of content area for the Co-op III site will be made by each student in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor. Students will be given a suggested reading list and texts to be used for supplemental reading and learning for the specialty co-op area. Students will function in the role as an unlicensed assistive person and their job description will be modeled similarly to the role of unlicensed assistive personnel or nursing externs.

Clinical Affiliations

Clinical Placement Sites

The Undergraduate Nursing Programs have an extensive network of clinical placement sites, including:

11th Street Family Health Services
Abington Memorial Hospital
Albert Einstein Medical Center
Belmont Center
Bryn Mawr Hospital
Paoli Hospital
Camden County Department of Health and Human Services
Camden County Health Services Center
Cooper University Hospital
Chandler Hall
Chestnut Hill Hospital
CHOP (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
Christiana Care (Wilmingon Hospital)
Crozer-Chester Medical Center
Deer Meadows
Delaware County Memorial Hospital
Devereaux Children's Behavioral Health Center
Doylestown Hospital
Evangelical Manor
Fairmount Behavioral Health
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Frankford Health Care System
Friends Hospital
Gray Manor
Grandview Hospital
Girard Medical Center
Hahnemann University Hospital
Heritage Church
Holy Redeemer Hospital and Medical Center
Horizon House
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Temple Children's Hospital
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Kennedy Memorial Hospital
Kirkbride Center
Landsdale Hospital (Abington Health)
Lankenau Hospital
Livengrin Foundation, Inc. Lourdes Medical Center
Methodist Hospital
Moss Rehab - AEMC
Mother Bachman Maternity Center
Nazareth Hospital
NJ Monroe Township Schools
NJ Winslow Township Schools
NJ Black Horse School District
North City Congress (N. Broad Senior Center)
Northeastern Hospital
Our Brother's Place
Our Lady of Lourdes
Pennsylvania Hospital
Paul's Run
Peter Becker Community
Philadelphia School District
Presbyterian Medical Center
Riddle Memorial Hospital
Riverside Care
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
St. Francis Hospital
St. John's Hospice
St. Joseph's Manor
Shriners Hospital for Children
SPIN, Inc. Temple University Hospital
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Underwood Memorial Hospital
Veteran's Haven
Village of Arts and Humanities
Virtua health (Vorhees, Marlton, Memorial)
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Nursing Faculty

Lisa B. Aiello, RN, MSN, AOCNS, APN-C (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Adult oncology and cancer genetics.
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