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Organizations

There are so many ways to make the most of your time here at Penn and involvement with a student organization or national professional association is an excellent place to start. Broaden your skill set and have fun while you collaborate with others to build your professional network.

Student Organizations

Alpha Iota Gamma: The first and only professional healthcare fraternity at the University of Pennsylvania, ΑIΓ serves as a professional, academic, and social foundation for students interested in healthcare.

Asian Pacific American Nursing Student Association (APANSA): APANSA seeks to resolve the unique challenges, obstacles, and responsibilities specific to Asian Pacific American nursing students, nurses, and the communities they came from.

Community Champions: Promoting healthy lifestyles in the Philadelphia community through initiatives that are culturally relevant and fun but also impact the community.

Doctoral Student Organization (DSO): DSO supports doctoral students through professional and social activities which enhance educational experiences while promoting integrity of character, leadership, and organizational skills.

Graduate Student Organization (GSO): GSO fosters a sense of community among the Master’s students at the School and provides opportunities for social, academic, and professional development, and networking. 

Minorities in Nursing Organization (MNO): Changing the face of nursing by promoting cultural awareness in the healthcare community through community service and providing social and academic support to our members—open to all nursing students.

Nursing Student Leadership Council: Fostering communication and collaboration among the Penn Nursing student organizations.

Nursing Students For Choice: The Penn chapter of Nursing Students for Choice—a collaborative, nationwide organization—works to promote women’s health and reproductive rights through advocacy, activism, and provider education and training.

Nursing Students for Global Health: Raising awareness about global health concerns as well as the impact of health disparities on all sectors of our global society through scholarship, leadership, and education with a variety of activities such as campus guest speakers, film series, and study abroad opportunities.

Organization of Student Nursing Research (OSNR): OSNR supports both undergraduate and graduate research, promotes greater awareness of nursing research, encourages student participation in research, and provides a forum for students to voice their views on current nursing-related topics.

Nurses at Penn Understanding Sexuality in Healthcare (PUSH): PUSH promotes quality LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) patient care among nursing students and faculty to actively challenge our own backgrounds and perceptions and evolve into better providers for all patients regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, age, or social or economic background.

Student Nurses at Penn (SNAP): As the main undergraduate student organization, SNAP provides studying tips, career advice, and information on study abroad, pursuing a ​minor or dual degree track, securing an externship, submatriculation, and more.

Student Healthcare Alliance at Penn: Serving as a catalyst for nursing students and medical students to interact with one another in both professional and casual settings, in an effort to foster an environment of collegiality, camaraderie, and interdisciplinary understanding among students of both schools that will prove beneficial in the future, when we will be working together to care for patients.

United Community Clinic: This free health clinic is coordinated by University of Pennsylvania students from the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work and provides health checks, physicals, dental care, optometry, social work consults, insurance sign ups, and other services.

Student Journals

Journal of Nursing Doctoral Students Scholarship (JNDSS)
Journal of Student Nursing Research (JOSNR)

University Organizations

Undergraduate Students - Visit the Office of Student Affairs
Graduate/Doctoral Students - Visit the Graduate Student Center

Professional Nursing Organizations

American Nurses Association (ANA)
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
National Student Nurses Association
Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society