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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/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/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/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/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/1676-in-their-own-words"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/696,71,1373,747/ignore_cropper/1/10808_Story_Slam_Title_Image.rev.1589306809.png" alt="Story Slam 2020" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="677" data-max-h="676"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1676-in-their-own-words">In Their Own Words</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Penn Nursing’s second annual Story Slam event was held on February 12th, 2020, and the videos of the evening, along with backstage interviews with each of the storytellers, are available now. The stories highlight the incredible role nurses play in our lives, as well as the endless possibilities for those entering the nursing profession.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1568-a-brain-link-to-stihiv-sexual-risk-young-women"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/876,204,2604,1934/ignore_cropper/1/9912_Anne_Teitelman_2016.rev.1572896600.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/876,204,2604,1934/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/876,204,2604,1934/ignore_cropper/1/9912_Anne_Teitelman_2016.rev.1572896600.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1728" data-max-h="1730"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1568-a-brain-link-to-stihiv-sexual-risk-young-women">A Brain Link to STI/HIV Sexual Risk: Young women with Low Condom Use During Sex Find Visual Sexual Cues Less Pleasant and Less Evocative</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Data show that young adult women in the United States have high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that increase their risk of HIV. Though epidemiologic and behavioral factors for risk have been studied, we know very little about brain factors that may be linked to STI/ HIV sexual risk.</p></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/1517-testing-hiv-testers"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2133/ignore_cropper/1/9886_AdobeStock_292312052.rev.1572357156.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/1/9886_AdobeStock_292312052.rev.1572357156.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2133/ignore_cropper/1/9886_AdobeStock_292312052.rev.1572357156.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2133"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1517-testing-hiv-testers">Testing HIV Testers</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> A team led by Penn Nursing’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/111-jose-a-bauermeister">José A. Bauermeister, PhD, MPH</a>, Presidential Professor of Nursing, developed an innovative study that employs a mystery shopper methodology to assess HIV testing services for young men who have sex with men.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1721-moving-the-needle-on-faculty-diversity"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/478,34,896,452/ignore_cropper/1/10978_equity-and-inclusion-effective-practices_1000x500_alt.rev.1596643825.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="418" data-max-h="418"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1721-moving-the-needle-on-faculty-diversity">Moving the Needle on Faculty Diversity</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> In the wake of major social changes, public and private sector entities across the nation have taken steps to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion. Yet while college student bodies have become more racially and ethnically diverse, there is still a dearth of underrepresented minority (URM) faculty in higher education.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1454-mandela-fellow-to-share-experience-at-penn-nursing"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/234,0,918,683/ignore_cropper/1/9685_Sainabou--1140x684.rev.1565275940.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="684" data-max-h="683"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1454-mandela-fellow-to-share-experience-at-penn-nursing">Mandela Fellow to Share Experience at Penn Nursing</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Sainabou Barra Cham, a 2019 recipient of the <a href="https://yali.state.gov/mwf/">Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders</a>, joined Penn Nursing’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/cgwh/">Center for Global Women’s Health</a> (CGWH) for a one-month training opportunity. On Thursday, August 29th, she will share her experience as a Fellow, and what her time here was like. She will also detail her work as a nurse and midwife in The Gambia. For details about the special presentation and to RSVP, please click <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/calendar/#!view/event/date/20190829/event_id/2991">here</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/1620-researchers-schools-answer-the-call-for-personal"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/162,0,542,380/ignore_cropper/1/10652_560x380.rev.1585681675.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/1620-researchers-schools-answer-the-call-for-personal">Researchers, Schools Answer the Call for Personal Protective Equipment and Critical Supplies</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Penn Nursing doing its part by donating face masks, boxes of gloves, N95 masks, isolation gowns, surgical gowns, eye shields, caps, anesthesia machines, and a ventilator to the University of Pennsylvania Health System.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/podcast"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/93,121,1068,1098/ignore_cropper/1/10326_AmplifyNursing_560x380-01.rev.1580914261.png" alt="Amplify Nursing podcast" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/93,121,1068,1098/ignore_cropper/1/10326_AmplifyNursing_560x380-01.rev.1580914261.png 2x" data-max-w="975" data-max-h="977"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/podcast">Penn Nursing Launches New Podcast</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Amplify Nursing, the new podcast created and hosted by Marion Leary and Angelarosa DiDonato, features nurses who are leading the way in nursing science, policy, and innovation. Made possible by the Krista and Rich Pinola Fund for Innovation in Nursing, new episodes will be available every other Wednesday through iTunes, Spotify, GooglePlay, and more.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1548-marshall-scholarship-for-penn-nursing-alumna"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/89,0,469,380/ignore_cropper/1/10035_erin_1.rev.1576084952.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/1548-marshall-scholarship-for-penn-nursing-alumna">Marshall Scholarship for Penn Nursing Alumna</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Erin Hartman, Nu’18, has been named a <a href="https://www.marshallscholarship.org/">Marshall Scholar</a>. Established by the British government, the Marshall Scholarship funds up to three years of study for a graduate degree in any field at an institution in the United Kingdom.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1554-opioid-self-management-practices-and-potential"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,379,380/ignore_cropper/1/10049_Meghani_study_560x380.rev.1576772602.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/1554-opioid-self-management-practices-and-potential">Opioid Self-management Practices and Potential Safety Risks Among Patients with Cancer</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Despite a national opioid crisis, prescribed opioid analgesics remain a viable option for pain management for patients with cancer.  In effect, patients with cancer represent one of the few groups excluded from most state legislation and policy initiatives on prescribing opioids as well as from opioid stewardship programs of many health systems. However, little is understood about oncology patients’ opioid self-management practices and potential safety risk that may stem from these practices.</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

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IN PHOTOS