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Drexel University Online and Drexel’s College of Nursing Offer New Online Scholarship Program

August 28, 2012

Drexel University Online, a premiere provider of Internet-based higher education, and Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) are collaborating to award 30 nurses a Gateway to Online Learning Scholarship to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, beginning this fall.
“Compelling evidence is clearly showing a highly educated nurse workforce is a key factor affecting patient outcomes, retaining top talent, and achieving ANCC Magnet® designation,” said Dr. Gloria Donnelly, RN, FAAN and dean of Drexel University’s CNHP. “Since our first venture into online learning, I’ve been passionate about our ability to empower nurses around the globe through Internet-based education, and our Gateway to Online Learning Scholarship is another great stride supporting our endeavors.”
The scholarship aims to give registered nurses a head start toward completing their BSN degree through Drexel’s CNHP and allows for participating students to earn three credits for free, after completion of the Introduction to Online Learning course. This required course for all online RN-BSN candidates introduces students to the fundamentals of learning in a web-based atmosphere. The course is specifically catered to veteran nurses who are not recent graduates and have yet to participate in an online education environment.
“Drexel University Online has offered an innovative approach to assist nurses transitioning back to the academic setting,” said Elizabeth Wykpisz, MBA, MSN and chief nursing officer at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. “This scholarship will support re-enforcement of essential writing skills and other dimensions of academic preparation so that nurses will be able to bridge to the next step of completing a BSN degree.”
Nurses receiving the Gateway to Online Learning Scholarship will be chosen from Drexel University Online’s partner healthcare organizations, including Abington Memorial Hospital, St. Francis Hospital (Wilmington, DE), Nemours, AI Dupont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, DE), Saint Peters University Hospital (New Brunswick, NJ), and Inova Health System.
“Drexel University is committed to doing all that is possible to ease the way for nurses to achieve the BSN,” said Donnelly. “This pilot program is designed to give nurses the tools and confidence to learn online and to achieve their educational goals.”
In addition to these scholarships, Drexel University Online offers tuition discounts to employees and members of more than 250 diverse partner organizations. Other benefits include special programming to help companies maintain employee retention and a highly-educated workforce, while additionally helping individuals remain at the top of their professions.