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Predoctoral Training

The Predoctoral Fellowship Program provides advanced training in outcomes research to nurses enrolled in a qualifying doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania​.

Training Highlights Prequisites/Requirements Helpful Links

 

 Admission Prerequisites 

  • Predoctoral Fellows at a recent CHOPR SeminarPredoctoral Fellows at a recent CHOPR SeminarFellows are selected from among those admitted to the Penn Nursing PhD Program through its centralized application process. 
  • Our funding for fellows is from the National Institutes of Nursing Research and thus only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible. Funding includes support of tuition and fees, limited research and travel expenses, and health insurance.
  • Our program requires full time, on site study, and completion of the PhD in three years whether from the starting point of the BSN or MSN. We encourage applications from BSNs who will proceed seamlessly through PhD.

Admission Requirements 

Recent CHOPR Grad Aparna Kumar, CRNP, PhD, with Andrew Dierkes, CHOPR Predoctoral Fellow and Hillman ScholarRecent CHOPR Grad Aparna Kumar, CRNP, PhD, with Andrew Dierkes, CHOPR Predoctoral Fellow and Hillman ScholarCandidates will be competitively evaluated based on the criteria outlined on this page.​

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited nursing program with an average at the Master’s level of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 
  • Competitive applicants are expected to score in the 50th percentile on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE and 4.0 on the analytical writing section.
  • Recommendations from at least three individuals who have known the applicant in a professional capacity that address the applicant’s research potential
  • An essay written by the applicant discussing her/his motivation for doctoral study. The essay should also address the applicant’s career goals, research interests, strengths, and views concerning major issues in contemporary health care. It should reflect an understanding of professional issues and insights related to their resolution.

Helpful Links Postdoc Fellow, Luk Bruyneel, from KU Leuven meets with CHOPR Fellows to discuss "Missed Care Patient Experiences"Postdoc Fellow, Luk Bruyneel, from KU Leuven meets with CHOPR Fellows to discuss "Missed Care Patient Experiences"

The graduate program of study in health outcomes research encourages students to take advanced courses in quantitative methods and to take electives from as many of the University of Pennsylvania’s prominent scholars in health and social policy as possible.