Nursing – Albright College


Earn two degrees within 5 years, start with a Bachelor of Science from Albright, and end with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Drexel University.

Cross intellectual and cultural boundaries while tailoring a unique path towards a career in one of the fastest growing occupations in the nation.

“This is an opportunity for Albright students to pursue nursing as a profession and to be the catalyst for positive change of the health care delivery system.” — Kymberlee Montgomery, DNP

Candidates must maintain a 3.0 GPA while earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Albright College and completing prerequisites (see below) for Drexel’s Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) BSN program. A maximum of 20 Albright students can enter each fall and spring ACE cohort.

Upon successful completion of 4 years of study at Albright, ACE students enter a full-time 11-month program at Drexel University, which offers an intensive training in nursing science and designed for students ready to fast-track their careers. The Drexel program is comprised of four consecutive 10-week terms. At the conclusion of the program, a student earns a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Questions or other correspondence about the ACE program should be directed to Dr. Andrew Samuelsen, Associate Professor of Biology.

Application deadlines for the Drexel program are April 15th (for fall admission) and Oct. 15th (for spring admission). Applications can be found on the Drexel ACE BSN website.

Students should contact Dr. Samuelsen upon submission of their application so staff at Drexel can be alerted that an Albright student has applied to their program. Currently, the 11-month program is housed at the Philadelphia campus of Drexel University.

Prerequisites for the Drexel ACE program:

Students may complete a Bachelor’s degree in any major at Albright College. Two commonly chosen majors, Biology and Psychobiology Molecular Track, are shown below. In addition to the requirements for the chosen major, the following prerequisite courses must be completed with a C (2.0) as the minimum final grade in each course:

  • English Composition (ENG 102)
  • Developmental Psychology (PSY 230 or 240; note: PSY 100 is a prerequisite for both)
  • Statistics (PSY 200, MAT 110, or BIO 200)
  • General Chemistry I (CHE 105) [must be taken within 10 years prior to enrollment]
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (BIO 234 & 235) [must be taken within 5 years prior to enrollment]
  • Microbiology (BIO 321) [must be taken within 5 years prior to enrollment]
  • Human Nutrition (BIO 398)


For Biology majors:

BIO 151, 152, and 203
BIO 200 (or MAT 110)
BIO 234 & 235 or BIO 331 & 337
BIO 321
BIO 398
Group I BIO course
One additional upper-level BIO elective
BIO 400-level seminar
CHE 105, 106, 207, and 208

For Psychobiology majors on the Molecular Track:

Psychology core courses: PSY 100, PSY 200, PSY 201, PSY 205, and PSY 397
Biology and Chemistry core courses: BIO 151, BIO 203, CHE 105, CHE 106
Group I courses (Biological, Cognitive, and Evolutionary Psychology): choose two
Group II courses (Molecular Biological Sciences): BIO 321 and one additional course
Group III course (Organismal Biological Sciences): BIO152, 234, or 235 satisfy this
One Psychology or Biology elective not previously taken (BIO 398 or PSY 230/240 satisfy this)
One 400-level seminar in either Biology or Psychology (PSY 405 or 406)

General Education requirements:

  • First Year Seminar (FYS)
  • ENG 101 and 102
  • Language courses (2 total)
  • Foundations courses:
    • Humanities
    • Fine Arts
    • Social Science (PSY 100 above counts for this area)
    • Nature Science (BIO 151 and 152 above count for this area)
    • Quantitative Reasoning (all three statistics courses above count for this area)
  • Connections courses (2 total)
  • Synthesis course