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Press Release: Rosemont, Drexel Partnership Leads Way to New Nursing Program

Drexel to Reserve Seats in Nationally-Recognized ACE Program for Rosemont Students

Philadelphia, PA — Rosemont College and Drexel University are joining forces to offer a new five-year, double-degree program for students interested in nursing.

The new 4+1 Biology and Nursing program will launch during the Spring 2018 semester, providing students an opportunity to complete a bachelor of science in biology at Rosemont before moving on to the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) program to earn a degree in nursing.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Drexel University’s highly-acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions as part of our commitment to our students who wish to further their education in the field of nursing,” said Dr. Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, president of Rosemont College. “This new 4+1 program places Rosemont in a position of continued growth and demonstrated academic leadership within our geographic region.”

Drexel’s ACE program boasts a National Council Licensure Exam pass rate of 97%, expansive clinical affiliations, and an innovative curriculum that allows students to fast-track their nursing career in four consecutive 10-week terms and graduate in less than a year. 

Moving forward, five percent of the seats in Drexel's ACE program will be designated for Rosemont students.

“Drexel’s ACE students are sought after by the region’s best healthcare systems because of our reputation for developing knowledgeable, compassionate, and leadership-driven nurses,” said Dr. Donna Ruelens-Trinkaus, department chair at the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions. “We are excited about this partnership with Rosemont. The reputation of their science department for a thorough and advanced education assures us that their students will be ready for the rigors of the ACE program.”

A small, private college with a 10:1 student-teacher ratio, Rosemont offers individualized attention and research opportunities for every student. The college’s hands-on approach to mentoring students, paired with the focused coursework in its biology program, ensures that all graduates are prepared for medical school or a career in the healthcare industry.

With the addition of this 4+1 program, Rosemont will create yet another avenue for biology students who wish to further their education and career beyond graduation, building on the success of its existing partnerships with the Temple University Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“A degree in biology will provide an excellent foundation for any student looking to pursue a career in the healthcare industry,” said Dr. Aikaterini Skokotas, associate professor and chair of the Rosemont College Biology Department.

“Although Drexel’s accelerated nursing program is rigorous and intellectually challenging,” Dr. Skokotas added, “Rosemont students will adapt well to the curriculum because they’ll already have research experience and a thorough understanding of cell biology, chemistry, anatomy, and physiology.”

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About Rosemont College

Rosemont College is a private, coeducational Catholic institution founded in 1921 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus. Rosemont offers a comprehensive education through small group and experiential learning experiences while providing campus-wide academic, spiritual, and professional support. We respect and embrace diversity and individuality and promote students’ lifelong success. For more information, visit www.rosemont.edu.