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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. 

Master’s Programs


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/1491-june-treston-msn-crnp-gnu92"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1080/ignore_cropper/1/9798_Copy_of_Untitled_9.rev.1570548959.png" alt="June Treston MSN, CRNP, GNu'92" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1080/ignore_cropper/1/9798_Copy_of_Untitled_9.rev.1570548959.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1080/ignore_cropper/1/9798_Copy_of_Untitled_9.rev.1570548959.png 3x" data-max-w="1080" data-max-h="1080"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1491-june-treston-msn-crnp-gnu92">June Treston, MSN, CRNP, GNu’92</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“While I was in college in my senior year of nursing school, I was involved in a very emotionally and physically violent relationship. I don’t mean a threat or a slap. I mean having my head repeatedly bashed into a sliding glass door until it broke, and then being pushed out of a car going 60 miles per hour into the middle of a busy highway in Florida. Wow, that sounds awful. Just writing it is hard. But it was an important, transformative event in my life.”</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1540-dalmacio-dennis-flores-phd-acrn"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/10019_1000500.rev.1575651190.png" alt="Dalmacio Dennis Flores, PhD, ACRN, Assistant Professor of Nursing" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/10019_1000500.rev.1575651190.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1540-dalmacio-dennis-flores-phd-acrn">Dalmacio Dennis Flores, PhD, ACRN</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“It was 2012 and my second time to be invited to the United Methodist Church’s annual Lighten The Burden conference. It was the Q&A portion and I thought my presentation was well received.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1516-rebecca-cross-bodan-phd-fnp-nu97"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/9884_Untitled_design_31.rev.1572354168.png" alt="Rebecca Cross Bodan, PhD, FNP, Nu'97 with her family" 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/1516-rebecca-cross-bodan-phd-fnp-nu97">Rebecca Cross Bodan, PhD, FNP, Nu’97</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“Years ago, when I was applying to college as an undecided major—unsure of the direction I would take my life—for reasons I’ll never know, I was recruited from a beach town in California to attend Penn Nursing. I was immediately sold on the career as a perfect marriage of science and humanity, and off I went to Philadelphia.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1690-shoshana-aronowitz-phd-crnp-gr19"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/10887_Soshana_3.rev.1592326134.png" alt="Shoshana Aronowitz, GR’19, PhD, CRNP" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/10887_Soshana_3.rev.1592326134.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1690-shoshana-aronowitz-phd-crnp-gr19">Shoshana Aronowitz, PhD, CRNP, GR’19,</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“I am a family nurse practitioner and PhD in nursing. I completed my clinical training at the University of Vermont, where I was trained to be a rural health nurse practitioner. Although I am now living in Philadelphia, the skills I learned about practicing in low-resourced settings are relevant to my current passion: the provision of care outside of traditional healthcare spaces like hospitals and clinics.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1458-philadelphia-inquirer-honors-three-from-penn"><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="University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing" 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/1458-philadelphia-inquirer-honors-three-from-penn">Philadelphia Inquirer Honors Three from Penn Nursing</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/40-diane-l-spatz">Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN</a>, Professor of Perinatal Nursing & the Helen M. Shearer Professor of Nutrition; <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/15683-marion-leary">Marion Leary, RN, MSN, MPH, FAHA</a>, Director of Innovation; and Tarik S. Khan, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CRNP, Predoctoral Fellow, NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health, have been named 2019 Influencers of Healthcare by the <em>Philadelphia Inquirer</em>. This awards program honors Philadelphia’s leading healthcare professionals.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1730-moving-social-justice-forward-at-penn-nursing"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/606,0,1966,1360/ignore_cropper/1/3023_429_085.rev.1474305023.jpg" alt="Fagin Hall" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/606,0,1966,1360/ignore_cropper/1/3023_429_085.rev.1474305023.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/606,0,1966,1360/ignore_cropper/1/3023_429_085.rev.1474305023.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1360" data-max-h="1360"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1730-moving-social-justice-forward-at-penn-nursing">Moving Social Justice Forward at Penn Nursing</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Dear School of Nursing Community:</p><p> I am writing to share the Nursing School’s continued efforts to advance social justice, especially considering current events. The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 and law enforcement brutality on Black and other communities of color are symptoms of the same disease – structural racism. Structural racism is nothing new; sadly, it is a significant and enduring theme in the American story. No institution in this country is immune to its grip – not the nursing profession, the University of Pennsylvania, nor our very own School of Nursing. The events of this summer bring a renewed and urgent call to action. </p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1628-billy-rosa-phd-gr20"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,840,570/ignore_cropper/1/10674_Untitled_design-4.rev.1586881895.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,840,570/ignore_cropper/1/10674_Untitled_design-4.rev.1586881895.png 2x" data-max-w="840" data-max-h="570"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1628-billy-rosa-phd-gr20">Billy Rosa, PhD, GR’20</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“Why waste your time doing blogs? You should be taking a statistics course or working on a research article or writing a grant.” As this senior and established leader in the field took a “should” all over me, I remember thinking to myself… if they are not interested in why I wrote these blogs, then they clearly don’t know me at all. And if they are not invested in knowing who I am and why I am using my voice in this way, then how reliable is this advice?</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1588-gift-to-barbara-bates-center-underscores-rich"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2532/ignore_cropper/1/10499_Mercy_Douglass_School_of_Nursing_Capping_and_Candlelighting_Ceremony_1959.rev.1582318350.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2532/ignore_cropper/1/10499_Mercy_Douglass_School_of_Nursing_Capping_and_Candlelighting_Ceremony_1959.rev.1582318350.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2532/ignore_cropper/1/10499_Mercy_Douglass_School_of_Nursing_Capping_and_Candlelighting_Ceremony_1959.rev.1582318350.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2532"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1588-gift-to-barbara-bates-center-underscores-rich">Gift to Barbara Bates Center Underscores Rich Chapter of Civil Rights and Nursing History</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">This month, an important chapter in black history is getting some well-deserved attention—as well as a generous donation. The archives of West Philadelphia’s Mercy Douglass Hospital School of Nursing have been housed for decades at Penn Nursing’s Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1471-american-academy-of-nursing-announces-new-fellows"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/256,67,758,569/ignore_cropper/1/9751_penn_nursing_1091.rev.1568745924.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="502" data-max-h="502"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1471-american-academy-of-nursing-announces-new-fellows">American Academy of Nursing Announces New Fellows</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Eight nursing professionals with ties to Penn Nursing will be inducted as 2019 Fellows of the <a href="https://www.aannet.org/home">American Academy of Nursing</a> (AAN). Two are current Penn employees and alumnae; one being a current faculty member; and the other being a program director at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. The additional six are Penn Nursing alumni.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1741-dismantling-structural-racism-in-nursing"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/89,0,469,380/ignore_cropper/1/11104_Dean_Villarruel_Headshot_2020_560x380.rev.1599658599.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/1741-dismantling-structural-racism-in-nursing">Dismantling Structural Racism in Nursing</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Confronting the uncomfortable reality of systemic racism – the system that creates and maintains racial inequality in every facet of life for people of color – is having a national heyday. But calling out this injustice and doing something about it are two different things.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1723-allison-gelfarb-bsn-nu20"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/10982_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500_1.rev.1596732240.png" alt="Allison Gelfarb, Nu’20, BSN" 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/1/10982_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500_1.rev.1596732240.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/10982_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500_1.rev.1596732240.png 3x" data-max-w="1500" data-max-h="750"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1723-allison-gelfarb-bsn-nu20">Allison Gelfarb, BSN, Nu’20,</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“This past semester I completed an independent study on Nurse Leadership in the time of a Pandemic, and the Effect of the Coronavirus on Mental Health of Nurses.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1529-mary-b-chase-hall-rn-nu65"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/9950_Copy_of_Untitled_34.rev.1574172276.png" alt="Mary B.Hall, RN, Nu'65" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/9950_Copy_of_Untitled_34.rev.1574172276.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1529-mary-b-chase-hall-rn-nu65">Mary B. (Chase) Hall, RN, Nu’65</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“Shortly after graduation in 1965, I married and worked as a visiting nurse in a low economic section of Providence, RI for a year—a job I treasured.”</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1682-statement-on-the-killing-of-george-floyd"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/262,0,2393,2134/ignore_cropper/1/9215_gb_181024_5454.rev.1560187323.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/262,0,2393,2134/ignore_cropper/1/9215_gb_181024_5454.rev.1560187323.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/262,0,2393,2134/ignore_cropper/1/9215_gb_181024_5454.rev.1560187323.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2134"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1682-statement-on-the-killing-of-george-floyd">Statement on the Killing of George Floyd</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The events of this past week and the killing of George Floyd have unleashed a myriad of emotions – anger, rage, frustration, sadness, loss, fear, and desperation. At the School of Nursing, I know we stand in solidarity with the family and community of George Floyd. We are outraged and saddened about his tragic death and the deaths of countless other people who suffer similar injustices.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1477-moral-distress-and-moral-strength-among-clinicians"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/708,484,1404,1180/ignore_cropper/1/8767_P-100605-Master-V1-005X.rev.1552499406.jpg" alt="University Communications" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="696" data-max-h="696"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1477-moral-distress-and-moral-strength-among-clinicians">Moral Distress and Moral Strength Among Clinicians in Health Care Systems: A Call for Research</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Nurse burnout impacts both nurses and patients, and significantly influences the retention of nurses in the healthcare setting, research shows. But could burnout be a symptom of something larger?</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1751-15-year-trend-persists-in-disparate-insulin-pump"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/11156_diabetes_insulin_pump_social_disparities_560x380.rev.1601576013.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/1751-15-year-trend-persists-in-disparate-insulin-pump">15-Year Trend Persists in Disparate Insulin Pump Use in Children</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Insulin pumps are widely used in the management of type 1 diabetes (T1D) and reviews have shown insulin pump therapy to be associated with improved glycemic control, fewer severe hypoglycemia events, and improved quality of life. Yet, non-Hispanic white children (NHW) are more than twice as likely as non-Hispanic Black children (NHB) to use this technology.</p></div></article>

IN RESEARCH

  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1621-big-data-helps-shape-patient-care"><img src="/live/image/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/96,0,443,347/ignore_cropper/1/10654_faginhall.rev.1585749685.jpg" alt="Fagin Hall" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="347" data-max-h="347"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1621-big-data-helps-shape-patient-care">Big Data Helps Shape Patient Care: Nursing scientists use large-scale research for outsize results</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has rallied behind healthcare workers—to both protect and support this critical community that continues to save lives in the face of personal danger. Now more than ever, it’s essential to understand how this workforce of nurses, doctors, and other indispensable personnel can be more effective through scientific research.</p></div></article>

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