Online Accelerated RN to MSN Nursing Program (RN-BSN-MSN)
Drexel’s Dual Accelerated RN-BSN-MSN program is uniquely designed for nurses who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. The program emphasizes the development of competencies related to the use of technology, evidence-based practice, customization of care, health team and interdisciplinary leadership, and outcome and risk assessment within the selected specialty track.
Second degree registered nurses (RNs) who wish to pursue a BSN in an accelerated time frame may take 15 quarter credits at the BSN level and then directly matriculate into one of the MSN Advanced Role programs. To get started, complete the admission process to the MSN program of your choice and seek initial advisement from that program's academic advisor.
RN-BSN-MSN Program at a Glance
- Consistently ranked among the best online Master's in Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report
- After successfully completing the 15 undergraduate bridge credits, a mandatory portfolio, and being accepted into the MSN program, you will progress directly into graduate-level coursework
- The BSN is awarded at the same time you complete the MSN
- Emphasizes evidence-based approaches to the solution of clinical problems, assessment of nursing and healthcare outcomes, clinical decision-making, and the design of nursing care for clinical populations at the clinical unit or similar small system level, lateral care integration, and clinically based leadership
- Practicum experiences provide opportunities to deepen your skills and develop additional competencies for the advanced role
Upon graduation, you will be prepared to:
- Take on leadership roles in a variety of healthcare settings
- Practice within a legal and ethical framework of healthcare delivery
- Demonstrate critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills in clinical decision-making
- Integrate technologies and relevant theories into the organization and synthesis of health data required to develop plans of care for patients, families, and communities
- Demonstrate leadership through involvement in the development of outcome-based standards of care and practice-based health policy issues
- Evaluate and modify the quality and effectiveness of clinical practice based on current research findings, standards of care, and patient outcomes
- Contribute to the advancement of nursing, healthcare, and humanity through communication, collaboration, and education
MSN Advanced Role Concentrations
To apply, please complete the admission process to the MSN program of your choice and seek initial advisement from the MSN program academic advisors.
- Nursing Education (46 credits)
- Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management (45 credits)
- Public Health Nursing (45 credits)
- Quality, Safety, and Risk Management (46 credits)
- MSN: Leadership in Health Systems Management
- MSN: Nursing Education
- MSN: Public Health Nursing
- MSN: Quality, Safety, and Risk Management
- MSN: Undeclared
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College of Nursing and Health Professions Program Team
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.
BSN Bridge Courses
|NURS 325||Critical Issues in Nursing||4.5|
|NURS 335||Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice||4.5|
|NURS 460||Population Health: Local and Global||6.0|
MSN Concentration Courses (45-46 Additional Credits)
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0
- If your GPA is lower, you're still encouraged to apply, but should ensure that relevant professional experience is included on your resume. You must also provide two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study.
- While specific clinical work and/or volunteer experience is not required, it may make your application more competitive.
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
- Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
- Two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
- If you have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, this requirement can be waived
- Personal statement describing your interest in the program and particular specialty
- Copy of your United States RN license
- Additional requirements for International Students
An admissions interview may be required.
The tuition rate for the academic year 2023-2024 is $1101 per credit. (A 10% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1223 per credit)
The tuition rate for courses taken during the undergraduate portion of the program is $888/credit for the 2023-24 academic year.
For the graduate courses taken during the graduate portion of the program, tuition rates vary by MSN Concentration:
2023-2024 Academic Year
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