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  • RN to MSN Online Nursing Bridge Program

    Drexel's online MSN bridge program is designed for RNs who want to pursue an MSN but have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing, or a BSN equivalent degree. The required "bridge course" is NURS 335: Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice (4.5 quarter credits). As a 100% online course, it is convenient and accessible for at-work nurses, and is offered in all of our 10-week, quarter term sessions.

    Once you complete all the application requirements and are offered admission to the MSN program, you will begin graduate-level nursing courses. The BSN degree is not awarded in this program. Learn more about earning your BSN and MSN in a combined program.

    RN to MSN Bridge Program at a Glance

    • Online lectures feature a highly interactive synchronous e-learning method which challenges and engages you
    • Drexel’s master's degree in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • You will learn from an experienced and board-certified faculty from Drexel’s acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions

    Questions? We're here to help!

    College of Nursing and Health Professions Program Team

    Can You Earn an MSN without a BSN?

    Yes, you can earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree without first obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Current nurses with their RN licensure but a bachelor’s degree in an alternative field may be eligible to bridge into one of Drexel’s online MSN Advanced Role tracks.

    How Long is the RN to MSN Bridge Program?

    Drexel’s MSN bridge program consists of one course, which can be completed in one 10-week term. Upon completion of the bridge course, you will begin your graduate-level MSN classes in the MSN Advanced Role track of your choice. While the timeframes can vary depending upon the track chosen, the average completion time is 2-3 years.

    Eligible MSN Degrees for Nursing Bridge Programs

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.
    The RN-to-MSN Bridge program at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


    NURS 335  Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice 4.5
    Total Credits 4.5


    This course focuses on current issues in genetics, genomics, and pharmacogenomics and healthcare. Genetic and genomic influences across the healthcare continuum (health prevention, health promotion, disease management, and personalized medicine) are addressed.

    Admissions Process

    To apply, please complete the admission process to the MSN program of your choice:

    Once admitted, you'll be required to take a required “bridge course”, NURS 335: Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice. After successful completion of the bridge course, you'll progress directly into graduate-level courses. The BSN is not awarded in this program.

    Admissions Requirements

    • 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.

    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
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
    • Personal statement describing your interest in the program and particular specialty
    • Resume
    • 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 2020-2021 is $1026 per credit. (A 10% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1140 per credit)



    Academic Calendar

    2020-2021 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2020

    September 21, 2020

    December 5, 2020

    December 7, 2020

    December 12, 2020

    Winter 2021

    January 11, 2021

    March 13, 2021

    March 15, 2021

    March 20, 2021

    Spring 2021

    March 29, 2021

    June 5, 2021

    June 7, 2021

    June 12, 2021

    Summer 2021

    June 21, 2021

    August 28, 2021

    August 30, 2021

    September 4, 2021

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