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Nursing & Health Care Management Coordinated Dual Degree

The Nursing and Health Care Management Program (NHCM) gives students the opportunity to combine two of Penn’s greatest assets: Penn Nursing Science and The Wharton School. 

Nursing and Health Care Management students study simultaneously in both schools and graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Economics. This program combines both excellent clinical skills as well as the critical knowledge necessary to understand and administrate in the health care field.

The health sciences are one of the true growth areas of the 21st century economy, and their management and delivery are critical to the care of millions worldwide. Health care providers operate at the edge of profitability, and the managerial skills necessary to remain successful have become vital to the survival of any medical organization.

The Coordinated Dual-Degree Program in Nursing and Health Care Management produces leaders in health care and business environments. Graduates are prepared for clinical practice and patient care management in hospitals, community settings, and group practice sites, as well as for positions as business and policy analysts and managers in pharmaceuticals, consulting, insurance, health care systems, nonprofits, and government. 

Admissions Requirements

To initiate an application students must complete Penn’s Application for Undergraduate Admissions.  Students can apply to the NHCM program when they submit their application for freshman admissions by selecting NHCM in the Penn Academics section “Primary School/Program to Which You Are Applying.”  In addition to the Penn Writing Supplement the NHCM Supplemental Essay is required.  The 2016-2017 NHCM essay requires applications to “Discuss your interest in nursing and health care management.  How might Penn’s coordinated dual degree program in nursing and business help you meet your goals.”

All NHCM applications are reviewed by the respective admissions officer for a specific region as well as the Nursing and Wharton liaisons.  The admissions committee will be looking for a good fit between the applicant and the program.  The supplemental essay gives applicants the opportunity to discuss the nature and extent of their specific interest in the program.  Because of the highly selective nature of these programs, students not selected to the NHCM program can be considered for admission to either the School of Nursing or the Wharton School as a single degree candidate.