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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/1492-fellow-named-2019-2020-jonas-policy-scholar"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/101,0,481,380/ignore_cropper/1/9820_Darina.rev.1570630882.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/1492-fellow-named-2019-2020-jonas-policy-scholar">Fellow Named 2019-2020 Jonas Policy Scholar</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The American Academy of Nursing recently announced that six individuals – including <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">Penn Nursing</a> Postdoctoral Fellow <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/14627-darina-petrovsky">Darina Petrovsky, PhD, RN</a> – were selected to participate in the newly re-envisioned Academy Jonas Policy Scholars Program.  Petrovsky is a Fellow in the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/ncth/">NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health</a>.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1920-2021-presidents-innovation-prize-for-penn-nursing"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1331,1331/ignore_cropper/1/11695_P-100990-Master-V1-041X-square.rev.1618850692.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1331,1331/ignore_cropper/1/11695_P-100990-Master-V1-041X-square.rev.1618850692.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1331,1331/ignore_cropper/1/11695_P-100990-Master-V1-041X-square.rev.1618850692.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1331" data-max-h="1331"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1920-2021-presidents-innovation-prize-for-penn-nursing">2021 President’s Innovation Prize for Penn Nursing Senior</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Anthony Scarpone-Lambert, who is graduating in a few weeks, is the first nursing student to win this award. The President’s Innovation Prize was created by <a href="https://president.upenn.edu/meet-president">University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann</a> to strengthen the University’s commitment to innovation under the Penn Compact 2020.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1804-2020-alumna-nia-akins-receives-ncaas-todays-top-10"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/524,0,1648,1125/ignore_cropper/1/11356_Nia_Akins.rev.1610403063.jpg" alt="Nia Akins" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/524,0,1648,1125/ignore_cropper/1/11356_Nia_Akins.rev.1610403063.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/524,0,1648,1125/ignore_cropper/1/11356_Nia_Akins.rev.1610403063.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1124" data-max-h="1125"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1804-2020-alumna-nia-akins-receives-ncaas-todays-top-10">2020 Alumna Nia Akins Receives NCAA’s Today’s Top 10 Award</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><a href="https://pennathletics.com/sports/womens-track-and-field/roster/nia-akins/15790">Nia Akins</a>, a 2020 Penn Nursing graduate who enjoyed a standout career with the Quakers’ <a href="https://pennathletics.com/sports/womens-cross-country">women’s cross country</a> and <a href="https://pennathletics.com/sports/womens-track-and-field">track & field programs</a>, continues to make history several months after her graduation. On Jan. 6, she was announced as one of 10 recipients for the NCAA’s prestigious <a href="http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/events/awards/todays-top-10">Today’s Top 10 Award</a>.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1558-welcome-back-spring-2020-a-message-from-dean"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/ignore_cropper/1/9920_AntoniaVillarruel.jpg.rev.1573073838.jpg" alt="Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/ignore_cropper/1/9920_AntoniaVillarruel.jpg.rev.1573073838.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/ignore_cropper/1/9920_AntoniaVillarruel.jpg.rev.1573073838.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1558-welcome-back-spring-2020-a-message-from-dean">Welcome Back Spring 2020: A Message from Dean Villarruel</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"/></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1701-bridgette-m-brawner-phd-mdiv-aprn"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1000/ignore_cropper/1/10932_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500.rev.1593526788.png" alt="Bridgette M. Brawner, PhD, MDiv, APRN" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1000/ignore_cropper/1/10932_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500.rev.1593526788.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1000/ignore_cropper/1/10932_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500.rev.1593526788.png 3x" data-max-w="2000" data-max-h="1000"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1701-bridgette-m-brawner-phd-mdiv-aprn">Bridgette M. Brawner, PhD, MDiv, APRN</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“I wrestled with what to write for this. A lofty, detached, academic-leaning piece, or, something that gives insight into the totality of who I am as a person. I decided on sharing part of my truth that makes me more human.<br/><br/>These days I awaken to somewhat of a Twilight Zone experience.”</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1897-congratulations-to-the-2021-penn-nursing-faculty"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/157,0,537,380/ignore_cropper/1/3275_heed_building_shot.rev.1476218836.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/1897-congratulations-to-the-2021-penn-nursing-faculty">Congratulations to the 2021 Penn Nursing Faculty Award Recipients</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">All the honorees will be recognized during our virtual, end of the year event on Thursday, May 27, 2021 3-5 PM EST.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1641-nursing-research-informs-response-to-covid-19"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/89,0,469,380/ignore_cropper/1/10737_red_covid_560x380.rev.1588002561.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/1641-nursing-research-informs-response-to-covid-19">Nursing Research Informs Response to COVID-19 Pandemic</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Nursing research has an important influence on evidence-based health care practice, care delivery, and policy. Two editorials in the journal <em>Research in Nursing & Health,</em> by researchers at the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing</a> (Penn Nursing), explore how nursing research has been paramount in dealing with the emerging coronavirus pandemic.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1854-humans-of-penn-nursing-ashley-paine-fuchs-bsn-nu00"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/11514_560x380-6.rev.1614099515.png" alt="Ashley Paine Fuchs, BSN, Nu’00" 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/1854-humans-of-penn-nursing-ashley-paine-fuchs-bsn-nu00">Humans of Penn Nursing: Ashley Paine Fuchs, BSN, Nu’00</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“I wasn’t the student who made it through four years of Penn with the typical ups and downs. My downs were rough and frequent, and it wasn’t just four years. I almost didn’t make it, until I did.</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/1903-aspen-fellowship-for-penn-nursing-professor"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/446,0,1278,832/ignore_cropper/1/8789_Sharon_Irving_2018.rev.1553784119.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/446,0,1278,832/ignore_cropper/1/8789_Sharon_Irving_2018.rev.1553784119.jpg 2x" data-max-w="832" data-max-h="832"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1903-aspen-fellowship-for-penn-nursing-professor">ASPEN Fellowship for Penn Nursing Professor</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/46-sharon-y-irving">Sharon Y. Irving, PhD, CRNP, FCCM, FAAN</a>, Associate Professor of Pediatric Nursing and Vice-Chair of <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">Penn Nursing</a>’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/academics/fch/">Department of Family and Community Health</a>, has been named a 2021 Fellow of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). She is one of 29 selected for the Class of 2021, which was announced March 20 during <a href="https://www.nutritioncare.org/conference/">ASPEN’s 2021 Virtual Nutrition Science & Practice Conference</a>.</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/1732-penn-engineering-and-nursing-partner-with-medical"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,625,625/ignore_cropper/1/11070_0_Jl6yTiOkXIIf2Ye4_-_Copy.rev.1598298030.jpg" alt="Hillrom makes high-tech medical equipment, such as “smart beds” that are designed to cont..." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="625" data-max-h="625"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1732-penn-engineering-and-nursing-partner-with-medical">Penn Engineering and Nursing Partner with Medical Device Provider Hillrom on Internet-of-Things Technology</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The School of Engineering and Applied Science’s <a href="https://precise.seas.upenn.edu/">PRECISE Center</a> and the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">School of Nursing</a> at the University of Pennsylvania have formed a partnership with medical device leader <a href="https://www.hillrom.com/">Hillrom</a> to develop technical solutions for health care challenges in multiple domains, including critical care, diabetes, mental health, and cardiology.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1795-behavioral-strategies-to-promote-a-national"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/10737_red_covid_560x380.rev.1588002561.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/1795-behavioral-strategies-to-promote-a-national">Behavioral Strategies to Promote a National COVID-19 Vaccine Program</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> National efforts to develop a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine at “warp speed” will likely yield a safe and effective vaccine by early 2021. However, this important milestone is only the first step in an equally important challenge: getting a majority of the U.S. public vaccinated.</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/1546-lauren-leonard-nu19"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/572,75,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/10033_1000500_2.rev.1575987721.png" alt="Lauren Leonard, Nu'19" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="428" data-max-h="425"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1546-lauren-leonard-nu19">Lauren Leonard, Nu’19</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“After graduating from college, I moved to Boston to work as a research assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital, hopeful that this experience would help guide my career goals.</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

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IN PHOTOS