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Academics

At Penn Nursing, students at every level are afforded an exceptional Ivy League education, and are taught by the top nurse researchers in the country.

Undergraduate 

Our undergraduate BSN program is focused on hands-on clinical practice and nursing research, and offers students the chance to study abroad, to practice in high-fidelity simulations, and to pursue dual-degrees and graduate-level coursework while still an undergraduate. We also offer a Nutrition major in partnership with Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences. The minors we offer reflect the changing face of healthcare today and speak to the areas most in need of skilled nurse clinicians and researchers.

Undergraduate Programs


Master’s

Our highly-ranked MSN programs focus on the science and practice of nursing in a wide range of specialty areas. Interested students also have the opportunity to supplement their MSN program with one of our graduate certificate programs. Additionally, we also offer Post-Graduate APRN Certificate programs for nurse practitioners who have previously earned their MSN or DNP, as well as Certificate Programs for Master’s-prepared nurses. 

Our online Master of Science in Nutrition Science program, built upon years of research and a stellar reputation for high-quality education in Nutrition Science, is designed to meet the educational needs of multiple licensed health care professionals, trainees, and students seeking a rigorous graduate education in advanced nutrition science.

Master of Science in Nursing Programs

Master of Science in Nutrition Science


Doctoral

Our doctoral programs are committed to producing leaders in the field of nursing science, both in scholarship and research (PhD) and clinical scholarship and practice (DNP).

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Departments

All of our academic programs fall under two departments: Family and Community Health and Biobehavioral Health Sciences.


Penn Nursing News

  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1997-sigma-honors-for-two-from-penn-nursing"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/81,0,461,380/ignore_cropper/1/11913_MicrosoftTeams-image_12.rev.1629379181.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="380" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1997-sigma-honors-for-two-from-penn-nursing">Sigma Honors for Two from Penn Nursing</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Penn Nursing’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/details/profiles.php?id=52">Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN</a>, and Heather Kelley-Thompson will both be honored by the <a href="https://www.sigmanursing.org/connect-engage/meetings-events/convention">Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing</a> (Sigma). The 2021 International Awards for Nursing Excellence, Board Awards, and Honorary Membership will be presented during Sigma’s <a href="https://www.sigmanursing.org/connect-engage/meetings-events/convention">46th Biennial Convention</a>, November 6-10, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1910-underwood-to-be-2021-penn-nursing-commencement"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/56,0,504,448/ignore_cropper/1/11661_Official_Portrait-landscape.rev.1617803221.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="448" data-max-h="448"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1910-underwood-to-be-2021-penn-nursing-commencement">Underwood to be 2021 Penn Nursing Commencement Speaker</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://underwood.house.gov/">US Congresswoman Lauren Underwood</a>, who serves Illinois’ 14th Congressional District, will be the 2021 Penn Nursing <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/commencement">commencement</a> speaker. The ceremony, which will be virtual due to the continuing pandemic, will take place on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 3:00 PM EST. Underwood is the first woman, the first person of color, and the first millennial to represent her community in Congress. She is also the youngest African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1833-makenna-casto"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/11445_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500_5.rev.1612280637.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/11445_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500_5.rev.1612280637.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/11445_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500_5.rev.1612280637.png 3x" data-max-w="1500" data-max-h="750"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1833-makenna-casto">Makenna Casto</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“The spring semester of my junior year was remarkably one of the most notable experiences of my life- spent quite literally across the globe in Brisbane, Australia, with three of my classmates (and quickly friends).</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2068-illinois-nurse-staffing-legislation-predicted-to"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/97,0,477,380/ignore_cropper/1/11047_nurse_staffing_560x380.rev.1597696012.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="380" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2068-illinois-nurse-staffing-legislation-predicted-to">Illinois Nurse Staffing Legislation Predicted to Reduce Hospital Deaths and Improve Care</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> According to a new <a href="https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/11/12/e052899.full">study</a> published in the scientific journal <em>BMJ Open,</em> proposed state legislation in Illinois—HB 2604 Safe Staffing Limits Act– would significantly improve nurse staffing in hospitals and likely save thousands of lives. The cost of improving nurse staffing could be offset by cost savings achieved by the impact of better nurse staffing on shorter length of hospital stays.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2101-increasing-access-to-breastfeeding-services-for"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/89,0,469,380/ignore_cropper/1/12286_MicrosoftTeams-image_24.rev.1646845345.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="380" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2101-increasing-access-to-breastfeeding-services-for">Increasing Access to Breastfeeding Services for Incarcerated Women</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Of the more than 200,000 women in U.S. federal and state prisons and jails, it is estimated that up to 10% are pregnant and will give birth while incarcerated. Clinical practice guidelines to support breastfeeding and increase infants’ access to human milk are well established. However, little data assess the extent to which they are modifiable or applicable for incarcerated mothers.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1778-leah-geoghegan-hnp-agnp-c-nu14-gnu18"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,840,570/ignore_cropper/1/11280_560x380_4.rev.1605023764.png" alt="Leah Geoghegan, HNP, AGNP-C, Nu’14, GNu’18" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,840,570/ignore_cropper/1/11280_560x380_4.rev.1605023764.png 2x" data-max-w="840" data-max-h="570"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1778-leah-geoghegan-hnp-agnp-c-nu14-gnu18">Leah Geoghegan, HNP, AGNP-C, Nu’14, GNu’18</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">After graduating from Penn Nursing in 2014, I moved to NYC and started my career as a staff nurse at NYU Langone Health in Manhattan.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1953-gun-violence-and-its-impact-on-healthcare"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/736,228,1896,1389/ignore_cropper/1/11259_Terry-Richmond-P-100737-Master-V1-004X.rev.1603895394.jpg" alt="Dr. Therese Richmond" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/736,228,1896,1389/ignore_cropper/1/11259_Terry-Richmond-P-100737-Master-V1-004X.rev.1603895394.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/736,228,1896,1389/ignore_cropper/1/11259_Terry-Richmond-P-100737-Master-V1-004X.rev.1603895394.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1160" data-max-h="1161"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1953-gun-violence-and-its-impact-on-healthcare">Gun Violence and it’s Impact on Healthcare</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> “Gun Violence and its Impact on Healthcare,” a panel discussion featuring Dr. Therese Richmond and other experts from the University of Pennsylvania, examines the devastating effect of gun violence in America and its enduring impact on health and healthcare. The discussion was hosted by <a href="https://www.curetalks.com/gun-violence-and-impact-on-healthcare/">Curetalks.com.</a></p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1720-tackling-the-bioethics-challenges-raised-by"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/7117_ulrich_560x380.rev.1518712552.png" alt="Connie Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN" 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/1720-tackling-the-bioethics-challenges-raised-by">Tackling the Bioethics Challenges Raised by COVID-19</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The diverse situations experienced by health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic often present serious ethical challenges. From the allocation of resources and triage protocols to health-care worker and patient rights and the management of clinical trials, new ethical questions have come to the forefront of today’s global public health emergency.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1738-helping-teens-with-type-1-diabetes-improve"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/665,44,2233,1614/ignore_cropper/1/8554_Terri_Lipman_2016.rev.1547822449.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/665,44,2233,1614/ignore_cropper/1/8554_Terri_Lipman_2016.rev.1547822449.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/665,44,2233,1614/ignore_cropper/1/8554_Terri_Lipman_2016.rev.1547822449.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1568" data-max-h="1570"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1738-helping-teens-with-type-1-diabetes-improve">Helping Teens with Type 1 Diabetes Improve Diabetes Control with MyDiaText</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Adolescence is a difficult period of development, made more complex for those with Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). The challenges of managing multiple doses of daily insulin administration, blood glucose monitoring, dietary and exercise requirements, can make self-care difficult and complicate outcomes. Adolescents with T1DM often have poorer diabetes outcomes than others, indicating that glucose control is difficult for them to maintain.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1760-matthew-d-mchugh-elected-for-membership-to-the-"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/146,0,526,380/ignore_cropper/1/11219_Matt_McHugh_560x380.rev.1603117742.jpg" alt="Matthew D. McHugh" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="380" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1760-matthew-d-mchugh-elected-for-membership-to-the-">Matthew D. McHugh Elected for Membership to the National Academy of Medicine</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/92-matthew-d-mchugh">Matthew D. McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, FAAN</a>, has been elected to the <a href="https://nam.edu/">National Academy of Medicine (NAM)</a>. Dr. McHugh is the Independence Chair for Nursing Education and Professor of Nursing at the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing</a>, Associate Director of the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/chopr/">Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research</a>, and Senior Fellow of the <a href="https://ldi.upenn.edu/">Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics</a>.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2020-addressing-systemic-inequities-linked-to"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/113,0,492,380/ignore_cropper/1/3386_margo-brooks0carthon-560x380.rev.1478203970.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="379" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2020-addressing-systemic-inequities-linked-to">Addressing Systemic Inequities Linked to Readmission Disparities for Minority Stroke Patients</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Racial minorities are disproportionately affected by stroke, with Black patients experiencing worse post-stroke outcomes than White patients. Racial disparities in stroke outcomes have been linked to suboptimal control of risk factors such as hypertension, lack of access to health care, and decreased utilization of neurologic services. However, it was previously unknown if outcomes for Black ischemic stroke patients were affected by care settings with insufficient nursing resources.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1790-new-senior-leadership-role-for-lewis"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/908,102,2438,1633/ignore_cropper/1/8527_Lisa_Lewis_2016.rev.1547499455.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/908,102,2438,1633/ignore_cropper/1/8527_Lisa_Lewis_2016.rev.1547499455.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/908,102,2438,1633/ignore_cropper/1/8527_Lisa_Lewis_2016.rev.1547499455.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1530" data-max-h="1531"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1790-new-senior-leadership-role-for-lewis">New Senior Leadership Role for Lewis</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/8-lisa-m-lewis">Lisa Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN</a>, has been appointed the Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion. Her commitment to social justice is deeply rooted in her lived experience, teaching, and program of research.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1843-children-the-pandemic-and-long-term-mental-health"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/316,0,1116,800/ignore_cropper/1/11490_coronavirus-henderson-irving-kids-mental-health-teaser.rev.1613400407.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/316,0,1116,800/ignore_cropper/1/11490_coronavirus-henderson-irving-kids-mental-health-teaser.rev.1613400407.jpg 2x" data-max-w="800" data-max-h="800"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1843-children-the-pandemic-and-long-term-mental-health">Children, the Pandemic, and Long-term Mental Health Consequences</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> New work from Penn Nursing and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia describes the importance of recognizing COVID-19’s psychological effects on young people and the pivotal role pediatric nurses in all settings can play.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2089-the-effects-of-pediatric-critical-illness-on"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/30,0,409,380/ignore_cropper/1/12235_MicrosoftTeams-image_10.rev.1643310268.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="379" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2089-the-effects-of-pediatric-critical-illness-on">The Effects of Pediatric Critical Illness on Absenteeism</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Children who survive critical illness and their parents commonly experience physical, emotional, and cognitive conditions as a result of the critical illness. These effects can also include prolonged absences from school and/or work. What has not been fully understood is the rate and duration of school absences among these children and work absences among their caregivers.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2102-congratulations-to-the-2022-penn-nursing-faculty"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2133/ignore_cropper/1/9216_gb_181024_5428.rev.1560187361.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2133/ignore_cropper/1/9216_gb_181024_5428.rev.1560187361.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2133/ignore_cropper/1/9216_gb_181024_5428.rev.1560187361.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2133"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2102-congratulations-to-the-2022-penn-nursing-faculty">Congratulations to the 2022 Penn Nursing Faculty Award Recipients</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #000000;">All the honorees will be recognized at the <a href="/calendar/view/event/date/20220513/event_id/3930">Student, Alumni, and Faculty Awards</a> event</span> <span style="background-color: transparent; color: #000000;">on Thursday, May 13, 2022 4-5:30 PM EST.</span><strong><br/></strong></div></article>