About Penn Nursing

Innovative programs

Penn Nursing has the number one undergraduate nursing program in the country and multiple top-rated master’s and DNP programs here in the U.S. Our curriculum merges the scientific basis for healthcare with clinical experience, offering a side-by-side incorporation of theoretical and applied knowledge, a rarity in nursing education.

Whether you enter directly from high school, are new to nursing as a career changer, come to us ready to specialize your nursing practice, or are beginning the research-intensive journey toward a PhD, you’ll find an academic program with the flexibility to meet your educational goals.

Renowned faculty

Our faculty include some of the world’s most expert clinicians, teachers, and researchers. Scholarship produced here is nationally and internationally recognized and is consistently published in a wide range of high-impact, interdisciplinary journals.

Advancing healthcare at home and around the world

From the neighborhoods in West Philadelphia to communities around the world, our work outside Fagin Hall is as much about pushing our own knowledge and expertise forward as it is about improving the health of those with whom we interact.

As nurse researchers and clinicians, we see the challenges people face and have the opportunity to find ways to address those challenges, eventually bringing solutions back to our communities in a very tangible way.

The next generation of leaders

We prepare students to anticipate trends in nursing by offering a number of experiences not found at most other schools such as a state-of-the-art simulation center, student research opportunities across all levels of scholarship, classrooms with the latest technology, and rigorous clinical experiences with a prestigious health system and community partners.

We foster deep engagements in practice, research, and health around the world, making a Penn nurse one like no other.


Ranked #1

Top nursing school in the world by QS World University, 2016 - 2024

Highest percentage of Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing and members of the National Academy of Medicine, more than any other peer institution

Our scientists consistently receive more research funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other private nursing school


of Penn Nursing BSN graduates go on to pursue their MSN

Our People

From our faculty and staff to our students and alumni, excellence and innovation are the through-line that drive the Penn Nursing spirit of doing more. Health equity and social justice are the goal—and Penn Nursing people are the force that fuel the possibilities.


Upcoming Events


    June 6 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

    Dissertation Defense- Anessa Foxwell


    June 14 | 12:00pm EDT

    Spring 2024 Graduate Programs Info Session


    June 26 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT

    Penn Nursing Alumni - AANP Happy Hour (Nashville)


Educating Nurses Through a Mass Casualty Emergency Simulation

Penn Nursing at Work

Patricia D’Antonio, PhD, Transitions from Standing Faculty

Patricia D’Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Carol E. Ware Professor in Mental Health Nursing, Professor of Nursing, and an internationally recognized historian of nursing and leader in nursing education, will transition from her faculty role on June 30th, 2024.

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Penn Nursing Commencement 2024

Hooray for the 2024 Graduating Class!

It’s a wrap for the graduates of Penn Nursing’s class of 2024 and it all culminated in a beautiful commencement ceremony at the Kimmel Center on May 20. It is an honor to welcome them among the ranks of the Penn Nursing Alumni.

Read MoreHooray for the 2024 Graduating Class!