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Leaders in the science and practice of nursing since 1886.

An Ivy League nursing education

For the third year running, Penn Nursing has been named the number one nursing school in the world, and has the most number one rated master’s programs in the country. Join the ranks of Penn Nursing experts and leaders who have been advancing science and delivering solutions, shaping policy and practice, and engaging communities to promote health for over a century. These will be your collaborators, your mentors, your friends, leading to a healthier future.

Innovative programs

Whether you enter directly from high school, are returning for a second bachelor’s, 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.

And 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. 

Renowned faculty

Our faculty include some of the top researchers in the world. Work 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 we interact with.

As nurses, we see the challenges people face, and, as nurse researchers, we 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 train 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 medical records technology, and rigorous clinical experiences  with prestigious hospital partners, including the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Really, it’s very simple: we teach exceptional students to be exceptional nurses. Our graduates exercise good judgment in clinical decisions and are adept at compassionate patient interactions. Our nurses translate curiosity into academic inquiry, and aren’t afraid to lead. We foster deep engagements in practice, research, and health around the world, making a Penn nurse one like no other.


  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">Engaging Community</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> “Our partnership with Sayre High School has opened the door to a strong relationship with <strong>residents of the community around Penn</strong>, allowing us to work with individuals, schools, and community groups to fight diabetes together.”</h4><p> - <a href="/live/profiles/44-terri-lipman">Terri Lipman</a>, Assistant Dean for <a href="/community-engagement/">Community Engagement</a></p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">Reflective Practice</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> “<strong>The students see the big picture.</strong> They deconstruct their decision-making, and work with faculty and peers to determine what they might do differently in the future.”</h4><p> - <a href="/live/profiles/54-deborah-becker">Deborah Becker</a>, Practice Professor of Nursing.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">The Nurse Scientist</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> “The pivotal change in nursing education coincided with the cultivation of the nurse scientist. There are so many phenomena that nurses are involved with. <strong>If nurses don’t work with these phenomena — who will?</strong> I knew the only way for Penn Nursing to survive was to be a top-tier research school.”</h4><p> - <a href="/live/profiles/68-claire-m-fagin">Dr. Claire M. Fagin</a></p></div>

  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/921-the-future-of-pain"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/272,0,772,500/ignore_cropper/1/6696_future_of_pain_alt_2.rev.1507655571.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/101/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/272,0,772,500/ignore_cropper/1/6696_future_of_pain_alt_2.rev.1507655571.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/921-the-future-of-pain">The Future of Pain</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 450;">How do clinicians mitigate the opioid crisis while still providing relief? Penn Nursing is leading the way with answers, which you can read about in the inaugural issue of our school’s redesigned magazine, <em><a href="/magazine/">Penn Nursing</a></em>.</span></p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1237-staging-the-plague"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/220,0,1552,1333/ignore_cropper/1/8351_penndemic.rev.1541010621.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/220,0,1552,1333/ignore_cropper/1/8351_penndemic.rev.1541010621.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/220,0,1552,1333/ignore_cropper/1/8351_penndemic.rev.1541010621.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2000" data-max-h="1333"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1237-staging-the-plague">Staging the Plague</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Students training in a variety of health professions worked in interdisciplinary teams to come up with comprehensive solutions to protect public health through a simulated outbreak scenario, held in Fagin Hall and dubbed <a href="http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/penn-vet-events-calendar/penndemic-2018">PennDemic</a>.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/993-dean-villarruels-january-greeting"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/349,0,2678,2329/ignore_cropper/1/2894_dean_jan2016_landscape.rev.1472651648.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/349,0,2678,2329/ignore_cropper/1/2894_dean_jan2016_landscape.rev.1472651648.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/349,0,2678,2329/ignore_cropper/1/2894_dean_jan2016_landscape.rev.1472651648.png 3x" data-max-w="3010" data-max-h="2329"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/993-dean-villarruels-january-greeting">Dean Villarruel’s January Greeting</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The start of a new year is a tremendous time to take stock of the many positive things in one’s life. In my case, I feel especially grateful and proud to be part of the Penn Nursing community – a global network of students, alumni, faculty, staff, partners, and friends that continues to grow stronger, more diverse, and more accomplished with every year that passes. It is my pleasure to wish everyone who is part of this supportive and impactful community all the best for a happy and healthy 2018.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/529-penn-nursing-hosts-the-15th-annual-summer-research"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/72,0,365,293/ignore_cropper/1/1466_sri-2016-web.rev.1467995041.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="414" data-max-h="293"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/529-penn-nursing-hosts-the-15th-annual-summer-research">Penn Nursing Hosts the 15th Annual Summer Research Institute</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">The school’s yearly research-intensive summit accepted twelve fellows from around the world.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/545-pa-lt-gov-picks-brown-for-board-of-pardons"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,11,137,149/ignore_cropper/1/1863_brown_k..rev.1469479125.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="137" data-max-h="206"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/545-pa-lt-gov-picks-brown-for-board-of-pardons">PA Lt. Gov Picks Brown for Board of Pardons</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Kathleen Brown, CRNP, PhD, FAAN, Practice Associate Professor of Nursing at Penn Nursing, has been appointed to the Advisory Council to the Board of Pardons for Pennsylvania, which is chaired by the state’s Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/467-innovation-in-a-war-torn-land"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/213,0,812,599/ignore_cropper/1/375_global_health_story_1.rev.1466001475.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/213,0,812,599/ignore_cropper/1/375_global_health_story_1.rev.1466001475.png 2x" data-max-w="996" data-max-h="673"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/467-innovation-in-a-war-torn-land">Innovation In a War-Torn Land</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><strong></strong><strong>Capt. Demere Kasper, </strong>a 2010 graduate of the second-degree BSN program, has been serving as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army since 2004. This role has taken her to Iraq, Qatar, and currently to Afghanistan, where she is teaching local people the basics of healthcare.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/753-george-yang-wins-ldi-undergrad-health-services"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/87,0,467,380/ignore_cropper/1/4144_george_yang_560x380.rev.1487166570.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="560" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/753-george-yang-wins-ldi-undergrad-health-services">George Yang Wins LDI Undergrad Health Services Research Prize</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">George Z. Yang, a freshman in the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/nhcm/">dual degree Nursing and Health Care Management program</a> at the University of Pennsylvania, has won the <a href="http://ldi.upenn.edu/" target="_blank">Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI)</a> 2017 Undergraduate Health Services Research Prize.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/434-brawner-study-on-biological-factors-that-may"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,600,600/ignore_cropper/1/244_12079585_1051911661540309_8067173998142355458_n.rev.1461090547.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="600" data-max-h="600"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/434-brawner-study-on-biological-factors-that-may">Brawner Study on Biological Factors That May Increase Women’s HIV Risk Highlighted as ‘Editor’s Pick’</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">A new study by Bridgette M. Brawner explores unique biological risks for HIV among heterosexual women.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1162-educational-program-successful-at-reducing-forced"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,11,278,290/ignore_cropper/1/7975_teitelman_emmott.rev.1534880476.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="560" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1162-educational-program-successful-at-reducing-forced">Educational Program Successful at Reducing Forced Sex in South African Adolescents</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> A six-session, school-based program for 6th graders on sexual risk behaviors significantly reduced the chances over four years that the students would force sex on someone.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/460-dean-villarruel-grant-pa-nurse-practitioners-full"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3010,2329/ignore_cropper/1/2894_dean_jan2016_landscape.rev.1472651648.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3010,2329/ignore_cropper/1/2894_dean_jan2016_landscape.rev.1472651648.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3010,2329/ignore_cropper/1/2894_dean_jan2016_landscape.rev.1472651648.png 3x" data-max-w="3010" data-max-h="2329"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/460-dean-villarruel-grant-pa-nurse-practitioners-full">Dean Villarruel: Grant PA nurse practitioners full authority</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">In this Op-ed, Dean Antonia Villarruel and nursing Deans from Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh advocate for policy change to improve health by granting nurse practitioners full practice authority.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/735-what-does-good-medicine-look-like-ask-a-nurse"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,480,479/ignore_cropper/1/4084_saronowitz_head_shot.rev.1485791601.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="480" data-max-h="720"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/735-what-does-good-medicine-look-like-ask-a-nurse">What Does Good Medicine Look Like? Ask a Nurse.</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Penn Nursing PhD student, Shoshana Violette Aronowitz writes a blog entry in <a href="https://tonic.vice.com/en_us/article/what-does-good-medicine-look-like-ask-a-nurse" target="_blank">Vice.com</a>’s “Tonic” section.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1127-four-skills-key-in-establishing-nurse-led"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/313,54,2582,2322/ignore_cropper/1/2894_dean_jan2016_landscape.rev.1472651648.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/313,54,2582,2322/ignore_cropper/1/2894_dean_jan2016_landscape.rev.1472651648.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/313,54,2582,2322/ignore_cropper/1/2894_dean_jan2016_landscape.rev.1472651648.png 3x" data-max-w="3010" data-max-h="2329"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1127-four-skills-key-in-establishing-nurse-led">Four Skills Key in Establishing Nurse-led Cross-sector Collaborations That Improve Community Health and Well-being</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> About 70 percent of all variations in health care outcomes are explained by individuals’ social conditions including housing, neighborhood conditions, and income, data show. In order to establish community cultures of health where people are empowered to live healthier lives, health care providers and community sector leaders in transportation, government, schools, and businesses must collaborate to address the social conditions that affect population health.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/640-first-year-nursing-student-wins-national-hispanic"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/77,0,456,380/ignore_cropper/1/3336_lauren_valdes.rev.1476901202.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="560" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/640-first-year-nursing-student-wins-national-hispanic">First Year Nursing Student Wins National Hispanic Nurses Scholarship</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Lauren Valdes, a first year nursing student at Penn Nursing, was awarded the <a href="http://www.nahnphiladelphia.org/-------Scholarship.html" target="_blank">National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) scholarship</a>, which recognizes academic excellence and community service.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/469-new-peace-corps-and-penn-nursing-partnership"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,249,249/ignore_cropper/1/3082_peace_corps_logo.rev.1474911338.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="350" data-max-h="250"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/469-new-peace-corps-and-penn-nursing-partnership">New Peace Corps and Penn Nursing Partnership</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">The Peace Corps and University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) announced the launch of a new <a href="https://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/university-programs/coverdell-fellows/" target="_blank">Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program</a> that will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1230-study-examines-medical-exemptions-following"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/98,0,478,380/ignore_cropper/1/8335_salinimohanty.rev.1540822853.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="560" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1230-study-examines-medical-exemptions-following">Study Examines Medical Exemptions Following California Vaccine Bill</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The proportion of California kindergarten students who received all required vaccines at the start of school increased a year after the state eliminated nonmedical vaccine exemptions for school entry - but not without problems reported by health officers, according to a study published in the November 2018 issue of <em>Pediatrics</em>. </p></div></article>

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