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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. 

Our online Master of Science in Nutrition Science program, built upon years of research and a stellar reputation for high-quality education in Nutrition Science, is designed to meet the educational needs of multiple licensed health care professionals, trainees, and students seeking a rigorous graduate education in advanced nutrition science.

Master of Science in Nursing Programs

Master of Science in Nutrition Science


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.


Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity is fundamental to every course and all programs of study. The International Center for Academic Integrity states that ‘Academic integrity is a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage. From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals into action.’ Adherence to the University of Pennsylvania Code of Academic Integrity is required of every student in all coursework and all course interactions. Please refer to Penn Nursing guidance on University of Pennsylvania Student Policies.

Penn Nursing News

  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2148-incarceration-associated-with-negative-mental"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/368,0,1664,1295/ignore_cropper/1/13199_addison-helena-jacoby-sara-incarcernation-mental-health-teaser.rev.1655391139.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/368,0,1664,1295/ignore_cropper/1/13199_addison-helena-jacoby-sara-incarcernation-mental-health-teaser.rev.1655391139.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/368,0,1664,1295/ignore_cropper/1/13199_addison-helena-jacoby-sara-incarcernation-mental-health-teaser.rev.1655391139.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1296" data-max-h="1295"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2148-incarceration-associated-with-negative-mental">Incarceration Associated with Negative Mental Health Risks for Black Men</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> A review of literature from the past decade found that for this group in the U.S. such a detention was linked to higher levels of psychological distress, more severe symptoms of PTSD and depression, and more.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2070-humans-of-penn-nursing-marissa-kesse-nu23"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/12132_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500.rev.1639068703.png" alt="Marissa Kesse, Nu’23" 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/1/12132_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500.rev.1639068703.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2070-humans-of-penn-nursing-marissa-kesse-nu23">Humans of Penn Nursing: Marissa Kesse, Nu’23</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">I was so excited to have been placed on the trauma unit: emergent gunshot wounds, groups of nurses on top of a patient performing CPR, code reds, blues, and greens. To me, trauma held the glitz and glam of nursing.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2160-largest-international-effort-to-improve-mental"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/15,0,395,380/ignore_cropper/1/10634_nurse_practitioners.rev.1584629569.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/2160-largest-international-effort-to-improve-mental">Largest International Effort to Improve Mental Health and Wellbeing of Health Professionals and Patient Safety</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Magnet4Europe, a 4 million Euro project funded by the European Commission, is the largest international implementation science project ever attempted to fundamentally change hospital work environments to improve clinician and patient wellbeing. Today the <em>BMJ Open</em> scientific journal published the scientific protocol for Magnet4Europe establishing its scientific and clinical significance.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2180-penn-nursing-columbia-school-of-social-work"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/89,0,469,380/ignore_cropper/1/13340_Psychedelic_Image_for_Columbia_Collab_Release.rev.1662563998.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/2180-penn-nursing-columbia-school-of-social-work">Penn Nursing & Columbia School of Social Work Team Up to Educate Social Workers & Nurses about Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Thanks to a $1 million grant from the Joe & Sandy Samberg Foundation and the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing)</a> and the <a href="https://socialwork.columbia.edu/">Columbia University School of Social Work</a> (CSSW) are developing a collaborative initiative to educate social workers and nurses about psychedelic-assisted therapy in anticipation of FDA approval of this type of treatment. This effort will help improve access to affordable, safe treatment facilitated by a large workforce of highly qualified practitioners.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2151-red-flags-and-red-tape-hinder-access-to-treatment"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/39,0,501,463/ignore_cropper/1/13243_SHOSHANA_ARONOWITZ.rev.1657547782.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="462" data-max-h="463"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2151-red-flags-and-red-tape-hinder-access-to-treatment">Red Flags and Red Tape Hinder Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Overdose deaths have increased sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic—surpassing 100,000 per year in 2021. Efforts to prevent these deaths include allowing providers, for the first time, to prescribe buprenorphine through telehealth. This allowance, enabled by a pandemic-driven exemption to the 2008 Ryan Haight Act, was an important step to addressing the ongoing opioid epidemic, but was it enough to overcome barriers to treatment?</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2250-penn-nursings-center-for-global-womens-health"><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="" 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/2250-penn-nursings-center-for-global-womens-health">Penn Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health Awarded State Grant</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/cgwh/">Center for Global Women’s Health</a> (CGWH) has been awarded another $30,000 grant through <a href="https://www.education.pa.gov/Postsecondary-Adult/ItsOnUs/Pages/default.aspx">It’s On Us PA</a>, a statewide campaign that aims to end sexual assault by bringing together college and university presidents, superintendents, administrators, teachers, students, families, and community members to reframe the conversation around sexual violence and pledge to be part of the solution.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2159-penn-nursing-re-designated-a-who-collaborating"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/837,0,2995,2160/ignore_cropper/1/13266_World-Health-Organization-WHO-Symbol.rev.1659018397.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/837,0,2995,2160/ignore_cropper/1/13266_World-Health-Organization-WHO-Symbol.rev.1659018397.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/837,0,2995,2160/ignore_cropper/1/13266_World-Health-Organization-WHO-Symbol.rev.1659018397.png 3x" data-max-w="2158" data-max-h="2160"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2159-penn-nursing-re-designated-a-who-collaborating">Penn Nursing Re-designated a WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing</a> (Penn Nursing) has been re-designated as a <a href="http://www.who.int/">World Health Organization</a> (WHO) <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/global-health/global-partnerships/world-health-organization/#:~:text=In%201988%2C%20Penn%20Nursing%20earned,supporting%20WHO%20global%20health%20priorities.">Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership</a> for an additional four-year term. As a Collaborating Center, Penn Nursing commits to advancing the workplan of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) related to human resource development and the sustainable development goals (SDG’s) during each four-year cycle of work.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2183-rethinking-criminalizing-language-in-firearm"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2000/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/0,0,3200,2000/ignore_cropper/1/10557_bulletholeinglassisolatedonblack.rev.1583525466.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2000/ignore_cropper/1/10557_bulletholeinglassisolatedonblack.rev.1583525466.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2000"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2183-rethinking-criminalizing-language-in-firearm">Rethinking Criminalizing Language in Firearm Research and Intervention</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Injuries associated with firearm violence pose a persistent public health threat in the United States. The term “recidivism” is often used when referring to those who experience repeat firearm injuries. A commentary in the journal <em>Preventive Medicine</em> cautions against its use in clinical and public health discourse and as an evaluation descriptor for violence prevention and intervention programs.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2146-study-finds-nicotine-sired-male-offspring-at-risk"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1024,83,2624,1684/ignore_cropper/1/11134_Heath_Schmidt_2016.rev.1600349000.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1024,83,2624,1684/ignore_cropper/1/11134_Heath_Schmidt_2016.rev.1600349000.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1024,83,2624,1684/ignore_cropper/1/11134_Heath_Schmidt_2016.rev.1600349000.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1600" data-max-h="1601"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2146-study-finds-nicotine-sired-male-offspring-at-risk">Study Finds Nicotine-Sired Male Offspring at Risk of Addiction Behavior and Memory Impairments</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Parental smoking is a significant risk factor for developing smoking behavior and nicotine dependence in offspring. These findings suggest that parental nicotine exposure may promote addiction-like behaviors in subsequent generations. Given the significance of cigarette smoking for public health, preventing nicotine use among adolescents is critical to ending tobacco use disorder and decreasing e-cigarette use.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2205-the-magliacano-digital-communications-center-is"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/185,0,2316,2133/ignore_cropper/1/13569_MDCCUnveiling-56.rev.1666722071.jpg" alt="Maria Coutretsis Magliacano, Nu’98" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/185,0,2316,2133/ignore_cropper/1/13569_MDCCUnveiling-56.rev.1666722071.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/185,0,2316,2133/ignore_cropper/1/13569_MDCCUnveiling-56.rev.1666722071.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2133"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2205-the-magliacano-digital-communications-center-is">The Magliacano Digital Communications Center is now LIVE!</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Penn Nursing’s legacy of leadership and focus on innovation demands cutting edge technology in all of its spaces—including the Carol Elizabeth Ware Lobby in Claire M. Fagin Hall. Thanks to a generous gift from Maria Coutretsis Magliacano, Nu’98 and Marc Magliacano, W’96, the look and feel of the lobby—not to mention the School’s technology assets—have been transformed by a strategically designed digital communications center.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2067-university-professorship-for-penn-nursing"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,166,665,831/ignore_cropper/1/12130_George-Demiris-expert-2021-e1626973050389.rev.1638978269.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="665" data-max-h="665"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2067-university-professorship-for-penn-nursing">University Professorship for Penn Nursing Professor</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/15259-george-demiris">George Demiris, PhD, FACMI</a>, a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor (PIK), with joint faculty appointments in <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu">Penn Nursing</a>’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/academics/bhs/">Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences</a> and in <a href="https://www.med.upenn.edu/">Perelman School of Medicine</a>’s <a href="https://www.dbei.med.upenn.edu/">Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics</a>, will become the Mary Alice Bennett University Professor. University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann made the appointment.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2149-novel-sleep-education-learning-modules-developed"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/864,0,2227,1364/ignore_cropper/1/10726_AMY_SAWYER.rev.1587654179.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/864,0,2227,1364/ignore_cropper/1/10726_AMY_SAWYER.rev.1587654179.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/864,0,2227,1364/ignore_cropper/1/10726_AMY_SAWYER.rev.1587654179.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1363" data-max-h="1364"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2149-novel-sleep-education-learning-modules-developed">Novel Sleep Education Learning Modules Developed for Nurse Practitioners</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Sleep health is increasingly recognized as important to overall health, and sleep disturbances and disorders are clinical problems that require diagnosis and management. But when patients present with symptoms and concerns about their sleep disturbances, they often do so to healthcare providers who are not sleep specialists.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2239-understanding-how-the-perception-of-risks-and"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/332,0,1664,1333/ignore_cropper/1/8767_P-100605-Master-V1-005X.rev.1552499406.jpg" alt="Connie M. Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Lillian S. Brunner Chair in Medical and Surgical Nursing, Pr..." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/332,0,1664,1333/ignore_cropper/1/8767_P-100605-Master-V1-005X.rev.1552499406.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/332,0,1664,1333/ignore_cropper/1/8767_P-100605-Master-V1-005X.rev.1552499406.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1332" data-max-h="1333"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2239-understanding-how-the-perception-of-risks-and">Understanding How the Perception of Risks and Benefits Influence Cancer Clinical Trial Withdrawal Outcomes</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">While people with cancer have options to participate in cancer clinical trials (CCTs), it can be challenging when they encounter difficulties enrolling and remaining in the trial. Trial withdrawal, although every participant’s right, can thwart study goals and hamper advancing novel treatments.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2253-science-advisory-advocating-for-developmental-care"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,433/ignore_cropper/1/13915_11922_Lisanti_head_shot_2.rev.1674750109.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="560" data-max-h="433"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2253-science-advisory-advocating-for-developmental-care">Science Advisory: Advocating for Developmental Care for Infants With Complex Congenital Heart Disease</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Developmental disorders, disabilities, and delays are common outcomes for infants with complex congenital heart disease. Targeting early factors influencing these conditions after birth and during neonatal hospitalization for cardiac surgery remains a critical need. However, significant gaps remain in understanding the best practices to improve neurodevelopmental and psychosocial outcomes for these infants.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2201-penn-nursing-professor-emerita-named-a-2022"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/438,0,2447,2009/ignore_cropper/1/8671_pennnursing_nov18_0416_cropped.rev.1550071866.jpg" alt="Neville E. Strumpf, PhD, Professor of Nursing and Dean Emerita." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/438,0,2447,2009/ignore_cropper/1/8671_pennnursing_nov18_0416_cropped.rev.1550071866.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/438,0,2447,2009/ignore_cropper/1/8671_pennnursing_nov18_0416_cropped.rev.1550071866.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2009" data-max-h="2009"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2201-penn-nursing-professor-emerita-named-a-2022">Penn Nursing Professor Emerita Named a 2022 Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf recently recognized 11 women as Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania, highlighting their extraordinary achievements and contributions to the commonwealth at an event at the Governor’s Residence. One of them was <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/details/profiles.php?id=70">Neville Strumpf, PhD, RN FANN</a>, Professor Emerita of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing).</p></div></article>

IN RESEARCH

  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2170-investing-in-patient-care-and-savings"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/ignore_cropper/1/13336_Male_patient_home_visit_iStock-1218253146.rev.1662042968.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/26/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/ignore_cropper/1/13336_Male_patient_home_visit_iStock-1218253146.rev.1662042968.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/26/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/ignore_cropper/1/13336_Male_patient_home_visit_iStock-1218253146.rev.1662042968.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2134"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2170-investing-in-patient-care-and-savings">Investing In Patient Care and Savings</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Successful investment bankers have a nose for profitable innovation. In the case of Penn Nursing Board of Advisors member and Wharton alum John J. Rydzewski, he knew as soon as he heard Mary D. Naylor, PhD RN FAAN present early research findings for the Transitional Care Model (TCM) that it was potentially transformational. That led him to recently make a generous gift to Dr. Naylor’s work at Penn Nursing’s NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health.</p></div></article>