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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/1742-american-academy-of-nursing-announces-new-fellows"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,509,509/ignore_cropper/1/11122_Academy-Logo-Green-300ppi.rev.1599847180.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="509" data-max-h="509"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1742-american-academy-of-nursing-announces-new-fellows">American Academy of Nursing Announces New Fellows</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Eighteen nursing professionals, including Penn Nursing alumni, will be inducted as 2020 Fellows of the <a href="https://www.aannet.org/home">American Academy of Nursing</a> (AAN). All of the inductees will be honored at the <a href="https://www.aannet.org/events/event-description?CalendarEventKey=355e7ad6-e784-4f08-bf96-832e8c2182ae&Home=%2fevents">Academy’s Transforming Health, Driving Policy</a> conference to be held virtually October 29-31, 2020. </p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1521-kathryn-di-vitantonio-nu19"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/9913_Copy_of_Untitled_26.rev.1572961510.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/9913_Copy_of_Untitled_26.rev.1572961510.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1521-kathryn-di-vitantonio-nu19">Kathryn Di Vitantonio, Nu’19</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“When I was 13, I started volunteering at my local hospital—Newton Medical Center, located in the northwestern corner of New Jersey—because I wanted something to keep me busy and I also wanted to help people.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1624-curbing-the-rising-toll-of-adults-with-complex"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/457,18,1260,821/ignore_cropper/1/8779_Mary_Naylor.rev.1553180064.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/457,18,1260,821/ignore_cropper/1/8779_Mary_Naylor.rev.1553180064.jpg 2x" data-max-w="803" data-max-h="803"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1624-curbing-the-rising-toll-of-adults-with-complex">Curbing the Rising Toll of Adults with Complex Care Needs</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Data show that the number of people with clinically complex health and social needs is growing. Programs designed to support these adults have fallen short and the healthcare system is becoming overtaxed by these “super-utilizers”.</p></div></article>
  • <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/1570-for-the-third-consecutive-year-penn-nursing-is-1"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/581,0,1941,1360/ignore_cropper/1/3023_429_085.rev.1474305023.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/581,0,1941,1360/ignore_cropper/1/3023_429_085.rev.1474305023.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/581,0,1941,1360/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/1570-for-the-third-consecutive-year-penn-nursing-is-1">For the Third Consecutive Year, Penn Nursing is # 1 in NIH Funding</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing)</a> retains its top spot for research funding for the 2019 fiscal year, among other schools of nursing, with $11.3 million in awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1729-alaina-hall-bsn-nu18"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/11058_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500_2.rev.1597775976.png" alt="Alaina Hall, Nu’18, 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/1/11058_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500_2.rev.1597775976.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/11058_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500_2.rev.1597775976.png 3x" data-max-w="1500" data-max-h="750"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1729-alaina-hall-bsn-nu18">Alaina Hall, BSN, Nu’18,</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">In just the first two years, my nursing career has taken me on a journey I could have never imagined. After graduating from Penn in 2018, I spent a year in Mexico with the President’s Engagement Prize, working to prevent infectious diseases in children.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1836-penn-nursing-is-proud-to-support-historic"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/79,0,753,675/ignore_cropper/1/11465_Black_Maternal_Health_Momnibus62160.rev.1612810181.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="674" data-max-h="675"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1836-penn-nursing-is-proud-to-support-historic">Penn Nursing Is Proud to Support Historic Legislative Package to Address America’s Maternal Health Crisis</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing</a> (Penn Nursing) is proud to endorse the <a href="https://blackmaternalhealthcaucus-underwood.house.gov/Momnibus">Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021</a>, a historic legislative package unveiled today by Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Alma Adams (NC-12), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1837-humans-of-penn-nursing-anessa-foxwell-msn-crnp"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/11467_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500_5.rev.1612899124.png" alt="Anessa Foxwell, MSN, CRNP, ACHPN, GNu’12" 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/1/11467_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500_5.rev.1612899124.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1837-humans-of-penn-nursing-anessa-foxwell-msn-crnp">Humans of Penn Nursing: Anessa Foxwell, MSN, CRNP, ACHPN, GNu’12</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“On December 28th, , I received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and it was…anticlimactic. There were no fireworks. No tears of joy. The biggest thrill was seeing a few co-workers that I had not seen in a while.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1662-nurses-week-a-time-for-celebration-and-advocacy"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/89,0,469,380/ignore_cropper/1/10794_Dean_Villarruel_Headshot_2020_560x380.rev.1588692169.jpg" alt="Dean Antonia M. Villarruel" 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/1662-nurses-week-a-time-for-celebration-and-advocacy">Nurses Week a Time for Celebration and Advocacy</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">To every nurse, Happy National Nurses Week! While this week is a good reminder to let the nurses in our lives know how much we appreciate them, the ultimate goal is to raise awareness about the value of nursing, and to help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting health care needs.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1520-fighting-the-hiv-epidemic"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/812,185,2572,1947/ignore_cropper/1/9912_Anne_Teitelman_2016.rev.1572896600.jpg" alt="Penn Nursing's Anne M. Teitelman, PhD, FNP, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing, and one of the ..." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/812,185,2572,1947/ignore_cropper/1/9912_Anne_Teitelman_2016.rev.1572896600.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/812,185,2572,1947/ignore_cropper/1/9912_Anne_Teitelman_2016.rev.1572896600.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1760" data-max-h="1762"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1520-fighting-the-hiv-epidemic">Fighting the HIV Epidemic</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Addressing perceived stigma about taking HIV preventive medication key to helping women at risk.</p></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/1544-alumna-and-advisor-receives-2019-alumni-award-of"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/255,178,931,854/ignore_cropper/1/10027_laporteawardspeaking.rev.1575571864.jpg" alt="Andie Laporte, Nu’69, accepting the 2019 Alumni Award of Merit." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="676" data-max-h="676"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1544-alumna-and-advisor-receives-2019-alumni-award-of">Alumna and Advisor Receives 2019 Alumni Award of Merit</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Penn Nursing alumna and Board of Advisors Chair Andrea Berry Laporte has been recognized with one of the University of Pennsylvania’s highest alumni awards as a 2019 recipient of the Alumni Award of Merit. Each year, Penn Alumni presents the award to distinguished alumni volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the University. Laporte was one of five Alumni Award of Merit recipients this year, honored at a gala held November 8 at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1702-lgbtq-data-added-to-the-pennsylvanias-covid-19"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/426,0,1057,630/ignore_cropper/1/10935_lgbtq-covid-social.rev.1593610008.jpg" alt="Mask with rainbow color isolated on white background" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="631" data-max-h="630"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1702-lgbtq-data-added-to-the-pennsylvanias-covid-19">LGBTQ Data Added to the Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Testing</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Governor Tom Wolf announced on March 13 that the state will include LGBTQ-specific information as part of its COVID-19 data collection. Pennsylvania Department of Health began collecting race and ethnicity data after racial disparities were revealed during the pandemic. It has expanded the effort to include sexual orientation and gender identity.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1740-sophia-busacca-bsn-rn-cnrn-nu18"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/11105_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500.rev.1599663425.png" alt="Sophia Busacca, Nu`18, BSN, RN, CNRN" 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/1/11105_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500.rev.1599663425.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/11105_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500.rev.1599663425.png 3x" data-max-w="1500" data-max-h="750"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1740-sophia-busacca-bsn-rn-cnrn-nu18">Sophia Busacca, BSN, RN, CNRN, Nu’18</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Hello to my friends, professors, alumni, and mentors. As our University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing community continues to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, it is cathartic and great to share my thoughts with a group who groomed me. Lately, to find solace and light in these times, I have developed a list of little “nuggets of joy” that keep me focused on fighting for love in the world.</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>

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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