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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/1710-palliative-nursings-role-during-covid-19-and"><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="UPenn 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/1710-palliative-nursings-role-during-covid-19-and">Palliative Nursing’s Role During COVID-19 and Beyond</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> As a rapid influx of patients overwhelmed health systems during the coronavirus pandemic, palliative nurses played dual roles supporting patients, patient families, and colleagues. Two researchers at the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing</a> (Penn Nursing) are among those detailing the important role palliative care has in responding during the COVID-19 pandemic and in future public health crises.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1549-student-nurses-at-penn-host-free-narcan-training"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/483,0,1847,1365/ignore_cropper/1/9978_SNAP_Narcan_Training-40.rev.1574701153.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/483,0,1847,1365/ignore_cropper/1/9978_SNAP_Narcan_Training-40.rev.1574701153.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/483,0,1847,1365/ignore_cropper/1/9978_SNAP_Narcan_Training-40.rev.1574701153.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1364" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1549-student-nurses-at-penn-host-free-narcan-training">Student Nurses at Penn Host Free Narcan Training</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Student Nurses at Penn (SNAP) hosted a free Narcan training for nearly 100 members of the Penn community on Tuesday, November 19 in Fagin Hall.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1646-health-care-education-in-a-virtual-world"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2668,2136/ignore_cropper/1/10678_AdobeStock_282182281.rev.1586965784.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2668,2136/ignore_cropper/1/10678_AdobeStock_282182281.rev.1586965784.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2668,2136/ignore_cropper/1/10678_AdobeStock_282182281.rev.1586965784.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2137" data-max-h="2136"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1646-health-care-education-in-a-virtual-world">Health Care Education in a Virtual World</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> For future health care providers, moving education online has proved especially challenging. With ingenuity and creativity, faculty are helping them continue gaining the skills they’ll need.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1602-firearm-violence-solutions-from-a-public-health"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/595,0,2598,2000/ignore_cropper/1/10557_bulletholeinglassisolatedonblack.rev.1583525466.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/595,0,2598,2000/ignore_cropper/1/10557_bulletholeinglassisolatedonblack.rev.1583525466.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/595,0,2598,2000/ignore_cropper/1/10557_bulletholeinglassisolatedonblack.rev.1583525466.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2003" data-max-h="2000"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1602-firearm-violence-solutions-from-a-public-health">Firearm Violence Solutions from a Public Health Perspective</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> While firearm violence is a major public health challenge in the United States, it has often been considered a law enforcement issue with only law enforcement solutions. An article by two University of Pennsylvania researchers advises that treating firearm violence as a disease and taking a public health approach to prevention and treatment can help reduce its harms.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1469-jim-hettinger-nu21"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,787,788/ignore_cropper/1/9728_Jim_Hettinger.rev.1568307337.jpg" alt="Jim Hettinger, Nu'21" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,787,788/ignore_cropper/1/9728_Jim_Hettinger.rev.1568307337.jpg 2x" data-max-w="787" data-max-h="788"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1469-jim-hettinger-nu21">Jim Hettinger, Nu’21</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“I spent a summer as an extern in a hospital’s progressive care unit and had a patient who was a four-year-old girl on the autism spectrum. She also had a problem with her airway that made her nonverbal. I cared for her for three days straight and on the morning of the third day I came in to find her crying. We keep patients like her in “bubble-top” cribs to prevent th<span class="text_exposed_show">em from climbing out and injuring themselves, so I came in and opened up the top. I was trying to figure out why she was crying. No signs of being in pain, and her diaper wasn’t wet. I offered her favorite toy but she kept crying. So the question became, what did she want?</span></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1718-penn-nursings-alison-buttenheim-phd-mba-appointed"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1024,70,2502,1550/ignore_cropper/1/10328_Alison_Buttenheim_2016.rev.1581361077.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1024,70,2502,1550/ignore_cropper/1/10328_Alison_Buttenheim_2016.rev.1581361077.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1024,70,2502,1550/ignore_cropper/1/10328_Alison_Buttenheim_2016.rev.1581361077.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1478" data-max-h="1480"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1718-penn-nursings-alison-buttenheim-phd-mba-appointed">Penn Nursing’s Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, Appointed to NAM COVID Vaccine Committee</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The goal of the <a href="https://www.nationalacademies.org/our-work/a-framework-for-equitable-allocation-of-vaccine-for-the-novel-coronavirus">ad hoc committee</a> on Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus is to develop an overarching framework for vaccine allocation to assist policymakers in the domestic and global health communities in planning for equitable allocation of vaccines against COVID-19.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1526-improving-trauma-pain-outcomes"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,139,1600,1740/ignore_cropper/1/9940_8882_veterans_3_colour_v1_sml.rev.1573501777.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,139,1600,1740/ignore_cropper/1/9940_8882_veterans_3_colour_v1_sml.rev.1573501777.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,139,1600,1740/ignore_cropper/1/9940_8882_veterans_3_colour_v1_sml.rev.1573501777.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1600" data-max-h="1601"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1526-improving-trauma-pain-outcomes">Improving Trauma Pain Outcomes</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Improving acute pain management after traumatic injury remains a priority for policymakers and clinicians as rates of injury and subsequent pain-related disability rise nationally. Yet, innovations in trauma pain management remain understudied.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1739-state-laws-key-to-hiv-prevention-efforts"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1440,0,2784,1342/ignore_cropper/1/8883_AdobeStock_116627064.rev.1554996963.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1440,0,2784,1342/ignore_cropper/1/8883_AdobeStock_116627064.rev.1554996963.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1440,0,2784,1342/ignore_cropper/1/8883_AdobeStock_116627064.rev.1554996963.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1344" data-max-h="1342"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1739-state-laws-key-to-hiv-prevention-efforts">State Laws Key to HIV Prevention Efforts</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">HIV prevention remains a public health priority in the United States. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a drug regimen recommended for individuals who have engaged in behaviors that place them at elevated risk for HIV. When used consistently, daily oral PrEP has been shown to reduce HIV transmission by 99 percent. However, despite increases in PrEP awareness and uptake over the past several years, data show that four of five people who could benefit from PrEP did not access the medication in 2018.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1571-riegel-invited-to-present-at-2020-ninr-directors"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/838,51,2464,1675/ignore_cropper/1/10308_Barbara_Riegel_2018.rev.1580481595.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/838,51,2464,1675/ignore_cropper/1/10308_Barbara_Riegel_2018.rev.1580481595.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/838,51,2464,1675/ignore_cropper/1/10308_Barbara_Riegel_2018.rev.1580481595.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1626" data-max-h="1624"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1571-riegel-invited-to-present-at-2020-ninr-directors">Riegel Invited to Present at 2020 NINR Director’s Lecture Series</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The series allows the nation’s top nurse scientists to share their work and interests with a transdisciplinary audience. <em>This year, the lecture will be presented virtually via the National Institutes of Health’s <a href="https://videocast.nih.gov/">videocast</a> on April 29, 2020 from 1PM until 2 PM.</em></p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1474-how-to-successfully-recruit-minority-adolescents"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/148,17,464,334/ignore_cropper/1/3277_brawner_560x380.rev.1506614560.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="316" data-max-h="317"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1474-how-to-successfully-recruit-minority-adolescents">How to Successfully Recruit Minority Adolescents for STI/HIV Prevention Research</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Disparities in rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV between Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino adolescents and their white counterparts are well documented. Culturally and developmentally appropriate efforts targeted to help these youth establish healthy practices to lower their risk of sexually transmitted infections are warranted. However, such interventions present unique challenges in recruiting and retaining research participants.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1685-responding-to-challenges-of-older-adults-with"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/52,0,432,380/ignore_cropper/1/10871_older_couple_560x380.rev.1591797922.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/1685-responding-to-challenges-of-older-adults-with">Responding to Challenges of Older Adults with COVID-19</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Older adults with COVID-19 who survive hospitalizations and return to their homes confront substantial health challenges and an unpredictable future. Early evidence suggests that complex and long-term physical, functional, cognitive, and emotional negative health consequences will be the norm for them. However, the trajectories of health care needs of older adults with COVID-19 in the weeks and months following hospital discharge have yet to be identified.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1518-novel-research-aims-to-identify-new-medications-"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/60,0,560,500/ignore_cropper/1/9915_Opioids_topstory_1000x500.rev.1572966826.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="500" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1518-novel-research-aims-to-identify-new-medications-">Novel Research Aims to Identify New Medications for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Opioid use disorder and overdose deaths are a major public health crisis in the United States. While medication-assisted treatments for opioid use disorder exist, these treatments remain inadequate for many patients, resulting in a high rate of relapse following detoxification. </p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1704-isabel-li-bsn-rn-nu19"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/10940_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500-2.rev.1594214605.png" alt="Isabel Li, BSN, RN, Nu'19" 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/1/10940_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500-2.rev.1594214605.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/10940_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500-2.rev.1594214605.png 3x" data-max-w="1500" data-max-h="750"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1704-isabel-li-bsn-rn-nu19">Isabel Li, BSN, RN, Nu’19</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Six months after moving to Manhattan and beginning my career as an inpatient nurse, the city that I had just begun to call home became an epicenter for the COVID-19 pandemic. In under 48 hours, my acute surgical unit transformed into a full, 34-bed COVID ICU.</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/1677-nurses-go-beyond-the-caregiving"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/246,0,1503,1256/ignore_cropper/1/10809_coronavirus-nurses-Katie-Lord-HUP_0_-_Copy.rev.1589392057.jpg" alt="Katie Lord, a registered nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, drew this carto..." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/246,0,1503,1256/ignore_cropper/1/10809_coronavirus-nurses-Katie-Lord-HUP_0_-_Copy.rev.1589392057.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/246,0,1503,1256/ignore_cropper/1/10809_coronavirus-nurses-Katie-Lord-HUP_0_-_Copy.rev.1589392057.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1257" data-max-h="1256"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1677-nurses-go-beyond-the-caregiving">Nurses Go Beyond the Caregiving</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> In the face of a disease that requires physical separation from other human beings, these care providers have extended their role, taking on tasks usually relegated to others and sitting in as family and friends to the ill. And the Penn Nursing community is doing all it can to support their colleagues on the frontlines.</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>

ON VIDEO

Teen Injury Prevention: Dr. Catherine C. McDonald

IN PHOTOS