Drexel University is a private university located in Philadelphia, PA and offers a 100% online RN to BSN completion program, as well as, a RN to BSN hybrid program. The hybrid option offers the same coursework as the online BSN program, but has an on-campus component of 2-4 sessions each quarter. Of note, the online BSN program does require up to four live chats during each term. For either the online or hybrid programs, there is a total of 180 credits needed for graduation with a possibility to transfer 133 credits. This leaves a minimum of 47 credits that need to be taken through Drexel University.
Additionally, if you hold a bachelor’s degree in another field, there is a RN to MSN degree program offered.
*If you are considering Drexel University, but live in Maryland see the special considerations note below.
Cost: For the online BSN program, each credit is $591 ,or $493 if you qualify for a tuition discount from a qualifying employer. With a minimum of 47 credits, this brings the total tuition cost to $27,777 or $23,171. There is also a one-time equipment fee of $175. If you are accepted into the program prior to Spring 2014, these tuition rates do not change, but will be locked throughout your completion of the program.
Total Cost: $27,952 or $23,346. This does not include books
Time to Completion: Approximately 6 terms, but this is dependent on how many credits you are able to transfer and how many classes you take per term. Both the online and hybrid BSN programs are part-time and students do not follow along with a set cohort, but can take classes on a PRN, or as needed basis.
Start Date(s): Four start dates throughout the year. Not all classes are offered each quarter.
Clinical Requirement: NURS 375 is a 40 hour community health requirement that cannot be completed in a hospital. There are also two other options for completing a second clinical practicum in a hospital setting, but the are not required for degree completion.
Accredited: NLN-AC & CCNE
* Note from Drexel.com:
Students taking an online course with a clinical component or practicum CANNOT do the clinical or practicum portion of the course within the state of Maryland at this time. If you are a licensed Registered Nurse (R.N.) you may complete a clinical or practicum in Virginia and Delaware which share in a Nurse Compact for Licensure with Maryland. Students who reside in Maryland may continue to take online courses at Drexel University, but they must do the clinical portion of the course in another state. If you have already made arrangements to do clinical in Maryland, please contact your Academic Advisor or Director of Clinical Education immediately to help you find a new clinical site. Drexel University is in the process of applying for a Certificate for Approval to Operate in Maryland.
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