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What makes a Penn nurse?

A Penn nurse exercises good judgment in clinical decisions and patient and family interactions. A Penn nurse translates curiosity into academic inquiry. A Penn nurse has a strong voice in leadership and policy arenas as well as at the bedside. A Penn nurse has deep engagement in practice, research, and health around the world. A Penn nurse is like no other.

Preparing the next generation of nurse leaders

Penn Nursing, a world-recognized leader in advancing nursing education, prepares students for trends in nursing and interdisciplinary care by offering a number of excellent resources and experiences not found at most other schools including: a state-of-the-art simulation center featuring high-fidelity mannequins, student research opportunities across all levels of scholarship, one of the first PACE – Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly – practices established by a School of Nursing, classrooms with the latest hospital-based electronic medical records (EMR) technology, and rigorous clinical experiences with prestigious hospital partners, including The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, two of the nation's top-ranked facilities.

Penn Nursing scientists advance healthcare

Penn Nursing's faculty include some of the top researchers in the world who collectively rank near the top of all schools of nursing receiving federal funding. Research produced here at the School of Nursing is nationally and internationally recognized, helps to inform public health policy, and is consistently published in a wide range of high-impact, interdisciplinary journals.

Legacy of innovation in nursing education

The University of Pennsylvania was the first Ivy League school to offer baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in nursing and currently is the only Ivy League school to offer a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Baccalaureate nursing education was added to the programs of study offered at the University in 1935, with the establishment of a Department of Nursing Education in the School of Education. In 1937, a program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Nursing Education was established in the School of Education. In 1944, the Trustees authorized the establishment of the basic collegiate School of Nursing within the Division of Medical Affairs. The independent School of Nursing (SON) of the University of Pennsylvania was established in 1961, the Doctor of Nursing Science program was authorized in 1977, and the Doctor of Philosophy program was implemented in 1984. In recognition of a commitment to international nursing and global health, the School has been redesignated as a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership (2010-2014). In keeping with that commitment, students have multiple opportunities for study abroad or for participation in international research initiatives.


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