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Accelerated Programs

Fast-track into the nursing profession

Penn Nursing's Accelerated Program is designed for students who have earned a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and are drawn to the nursing profession. Students enrolled in the program are ambitious, inquisitive, and diverse. They come to us from around the corner and around the globe; they have worked in corporate America, traveled to the most remote parts of the world, and have served as Peace Corps volunteers. They bring a wealth of experience to their advanced studies and enrich our community with fresh ideas and enthusiasm for learning.

Students in the accelerated program can choose from a multitude of options to focus their study. Penn Nursing offers 15 master's specialties, flexible degree options, and unique joint degrees with other University of Pennsylvania schools, such as the MSN/MPH and the MSN/MBE. No matter their background, Penn Nursing accelerated students are equipped with the expertise that leads them to exciting career opportunities both at home and abroad.

Penn Nursing students learn from and work with some of the finest nursing leaders and researchers in the nation. Our Accelerated program options include the BSN Second Degree program, the Direct Entry BSN/MSN program, or the Hillman Scholars BSN-to-PhD program.

Program options

The BSN Second Degree Program is for you if you are exclusively interested in getting your Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, but are not sure of or interested in a Master’s specialty at this time.

The Direct Entry BSN/MSN Program is for you if you know what Master’s in Nursing specialty you would like to pursue.

The Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation is for you if you would like to complete your BSN and go on to complete your PhD in Nursing.


Accelerated BSN - Sample Plan of Study and Summer Schedule​


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