Mar 22, 2023  
2021-2022 College of Liberal Arts 
2021-2022 College of Liberal Arts

Nursing - Drexel University

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BA or BS/BSN (4+1)

This program is for students who want a liberal arts education and a bachelor of science in nursing degree.  Students in this program will earn, in five years, a bachelor’s degree from Drew, and a B.S.N. from Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions.  Students attend Drew for four years, and then earn their B.S.N. at Drexel through the Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) program in nursing.

Drexel’s 11-month Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) is an intensive nursing program for students who already have completed a bachelor’s degree.  The ACE program is geared toward students who will benefit from intense education in using science rather than the traditional program, which takes three or four years.  ACE provides intensive immersion in nursing science, as well as facilitated entrance into nursing practice.  Graduates from the ACE program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN° to become registered nurses (RN).  The nurse with a baccalaureate degree is prepared to practice in all health care settings–critical care, outpatient, public health, and mental health.

Eligibility and Application Criteria

Students should consult with Drew’s combined degree nursing adviser (Dr. Joanna Miller) to plan their course of study.  Students must submit their applications to Drexel’s ACE program by October 15 (for entry the following fall) or April 15 (for entry the following spring).  Applicants receive guaranteed reserved admission to the program provided that they meet the following requirements and complete the prerequisites:

  • Candidates for admission must have completed a bachelor’s degree from Drew with a 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Students must complete all prerequisite courses for the ACE program at least two months before matriculation; both Anatomy and Physiology courses plus one more science prerequisite must be completed PRIOR to applying to the program. 
  • Students must be in good academic standing at Drew, and all other prior institutions attended.
  • A student must be in good social standing, including but not limited to confirmation that the student is free of any disciplinary/student conduct record with no unresolved or pending disciplinary/student conduct issues at Drew and all prior institutions attended.
  • A candidate will be required to answer the criminal history disclosure question on the Drexel application and may be subject to further review; this is require ed of all admitted or re-admitted students to Drexel.
  • English Language Proficiency: International student applicants to the ACE program who did not complete all four years of high school or university in an English-speaking country are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.  Entry to the ACE program requires an overall TOEFL score of 79 or higher, and a minimum of 26 in the speaking section or an overall IELTS score of 6.5, and a minimum of 7.5 in the speaking section.  Students who met these language requirements when admitted to Drew are not required to retake the test.

In the Drew University-Drexel University 4+1 nursing program, students may choose any undergraduate major offered at Drew.  to be eligible for guaranteed reserved admission into Drexel’s ACE Program in Nursing, students must also complete the following prerequisite courses at least two months before matriculation:

Prerequisites for the ACE Nursing Program
Course Name DREW COURSE Equivalent Prerequisites for Drew equivalents
*Chemistry with laboratory (4 credits)¹

CHEM 150  or CHEM 151   


**Microbiology with laboratory (4 credits)¹

BIOL 252    BIOL 160  BIOL 250  and CHEM 160  or CHEM 161  
**Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory (8 credits)¹ BIOL 256  

BIOL 258   
BIOL 160  and CHEM 160  or CHEM 161 ​ 
BIOL 160   BIOL 250  and CHEM 160  or CHEM 161  
Developmental Psychology (4 credits) PSYC 231   PSYC 101  
Statistics (3 credits) STAT 207    
English Composition (3 credits) DSEM 100    
Human Nutrition (4 credits) BIOL 220   BIOL 120   or BIOL 160    or permission of instructor

¹A student may have a grade of C or below for no more than two of these designated courses.
*Chemistry must be taken within ten years of starting the ACE program.
**Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology must be taken within five years of starting the ACE program.

It takes careful planning to successfully complete all prerequisites, in addition to Drew’s general education and major requirements.  All students intending to participate in this program should contact the Nursing Program Adviser, Dr. Joanne Miller, during their first semester at Drew for an advising appointment.  First year students are advised to enroll in CHEM 150  or CHEM 151 .

Drew students will be responsible for all tuition’s and fees for the ACE program.  Drexel University does not provide institutional aid to the ACE program.


For more information about the Drew-Drexel 4+1 nursing program, please contact Dr. Joanna Miller and/or visit

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