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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/1613-enrs-names-chao-a-rising-star"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/140,0,519,380/ignore_cropper/1/8136_ariana_chao_560x380.rev.1538748047.png" 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/1613-enrs-names-chao-a-rising-star">ENRS Names Chao a ‘Rising Star’</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">Penn Nursing</a>’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/15184-ariana-m-chao">Ariana Chao, PhD, CRNP</a>, Assistant Professor in the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/academics/bhs/">Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences</a>, will be awarded with the 2020 Rising Star Research Award from the <a href="http://communities.enrs-go.org/home">Eastern Nursing Research Society</a> (ERNS), during its <a href="http://communities.enrs-go.org/conference/scientific-sessions/sessions-201827726">32nd Annual Scientific Sessions</a> (virtual this year) in Boston, Massachusetts, March 26-27, 2020.  This award recognizes a Junior Investigator that has shown promise in establishing a program of health and/or nursing research.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1746-susan-krause-flavin-phd-rn-nu18"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1000/ignore_cropper/1/11136_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500_1.rev.1600371603.png" alt="Susan Krause Flavin, PhD, RN" 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/1/11136_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500_1.rev.1600371603.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1000/ignore_cropper/1/11136_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500_1.rev.1600371603.png 3x" data-max-w="2000" data-max-h="1000"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1746-susan-krause-flavin-phd-rn-nu18">Susan Krause Flavin, PhD, RN, Nu’18,</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">I was a relatively new nurse, perhaps two years out <span class="markjr92h5lik" data-markjs="true" data-ogac="" data-ogab="" data-ogsc="" data-ogsb="">of</span> my hospital-based RN diploma program. I was working in a very fast-paced cardiothoracic ICU in Philadelphia.</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/1694-new-penn-nursing-covid-19-scholarship-protects-the"><img src="/live/image/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1920,1080/ignore_cropper/1/10931_45948767-Nursing-DS.rev.1593460969.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1920,1080/ignore_cropper/1/10931_45948767-Nursing-DS.rev.1593460969.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1920,1080/ignore_cropper/1/10931_45948767-Nursing-DS.rev.1593460969.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1920" data-max-h="1080"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1694-new-penn-nursing-covid-19-scholarship-protects-the">New Penn Nursing COVID-19 Scholarship Protects the Future of Health Care</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">With the staggering unemployment numbers released each week due to the global pandemic, it was clear to the leadership at Penn Nursing that it could result in a catastrophic future nursing shortage.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1680-michelle-nigro-nu20"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1120,760/ignore_cropper/1/10822_Copy_of_1000500.rev.1590517499.png" alt="Michelle Nigro, Nu’20" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1120,760/ignore_cropper/1/10822_Copy_of_1000500.rev.1590517499.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1120,760/ignore_cropper/1/10822_Copy_of_1000500.rev.1590517499.png 3x" data-max-w="1120" data-max-h="760"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1680-michelle-nigro-nu20">Michelle Nigro, Nu’20</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“My journey as a nurse began November of my freshman year at Penn. The first couple of months, I was feeling lost. Should I be studying something else? How do I know that this is right for me? Despite some hesitations about my major, I knew I wanted to be involved with Student Nurses at Penn (SNAP).</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/1763-amy-gutmann-and-michael-doyle-create-gutmann"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/401,79,1056,733/ignore_cropper/1/11224_President_Gutmann_and_her_husband.rev.1603224403.jpg" alt="University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and her husband Michael Doyle." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="655" data-max-h="654"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1763-amy-gutmann-and-michael-doyle-create-gutmann">Amy Gutmann and Michael Doyle Create Gutmann Leadership Scholars Program at Penn Nursing with $2M Gift</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and her husband, Michael Doyle, have a made a $2 million gift to the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing</a>’s <a href="http://link.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com/ls/click?upn=Wsedx-2FIFVV0Gv9ybB6YOZevLbumrXnwnLSc0Yj0Bd31zbyiVOj0g2jVsR-2B-2BIvRR0IPlJpSoHNzxUhdJC-2F8yj-2BQ-3D-3DCv_7_jKbQO8oQiyJLcXg-2FaTauf5MB-2FsUbOwx592YuKK2dthmYqa8XGvuf9qfitqMtOGjTZxX1z2YRJn0QpNaL-2BamJZ4Myx3nEP0n10nVxhulonyvrwWmwy4LEgljuJLMVGKQphiitht6IiIzQ4YxdwNipZqrx3DkTHQuVYQlMcrbFuLQ-2BY9aK7Ou0jUsDLEbSkBPC4HZOIsn70fA1HG7dDnDi95Svg2K36Zddk8k505tCXiWXrVBdAQ2Z-2FILymVlaaRAmrHvfXdEiGNCsdU-2FSfh26i6gavb9-2FOj5ENqHdVrZsR00uAX7BpSdg46hSRAy3F7658-2BecNTdFovzJKWj-2B8mLF-2FsZjeyxtEPdWdK-2BSZheJW3WvZ23YQWUOl2htlK-2B5kzyzs-2B3ONBAOv6hjG8Stea5wcQ-3D-3D"><em>Innovating for Life and Living</em> Campaign</a>, as part of the University’s <a href="https://powerofpenn.upenn.edu/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Power of Penn</em> Campaign</a>. The gift, which brings the couple’s total giving to Penn to $4.5 million, will create the <em>Gutmann Leadership Scholars Program at Penn Nursing</em>.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1736-new-director-of-penn-nursings-center-for-global"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/870,0,3104,2235/ignore_cropper/1/11094_Holly_Harner_Professional__Pic_2.rev.1599053495.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/870,0,3104,2235/ignore_cropper/1/11094_Holly_Harner_Professional__Pic_2.rev.1599053495.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/870,0,3104,2235/ignore_cropper/1/11094_Holly_Harner_Professional__Pic_2.rev.1599053495.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2234" data-max-h="2235"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1736-new-director-of-penn-nursings-center-for-global">New Director of Penn Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/16530-holly-harner">Holly Harner, PhD</a>, has been appointed the Afaf I. Meleis Director of the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/cgwh/">Center for Global Women’s Health (</a>CGWH). She recently joined Penn Nursing as a Practice Professor of Women’s Health in the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/academics/fch/">Department of Family and Community Health</a>. Harner has a national reputation as a leading clinician, educator, and champion of women’s health, with a long-standing commitment to improving the health status of vulnerable women.</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/1612-charlotte-cecarelli-nu22"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/10640_1000500_1_2.rev.1585058466.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/10640_1000500_1_2.rev.1585058466.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/10640_1000500_1_2.rev.1585058466.png 3x" data-max-w="1500" data-max-h="750"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1612-charlotte-cecarelli-nu22">Charlotte Cecarelli, Nu’22</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“One of the aspects of Penn that I am most grateful for is the opportunity to explore nursing through many different experiences. These experiences I have had are what sparked my interest in neonatal nursing beginning in my freshman year. My developed passion has pushed me past boundaries of exploration and has inspired me to become the best nurse possible.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1753-missouri-foundation-for-health-joins-national"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/486,0,1252,767/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/486,0,1252,767/ignore_cropper/1/8779_Mary_Naylor.rev.1553180064.jpg 2x" data-max-w="766" data-max-h="767"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1753-missouri-foundation-for-health-joins-national">Missouri Foundation for Health Joins National Study on Replication of Penn Nursing’s Transitional Care Model</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">The Missouri Foundation for Health is co-funding the replication and rigorous examination of the outcomes of the Transitional Care Model at the VA St. Louis Health Care System that is part of the national <em>MIRROR-TCM</em> study. Earlier this year, Arnold Ventures awarded a $6 million grant in support of the study at four large health systems, including the Veterans Health Administration.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1798-project-quaker-testing-program-key-to-a-safe"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1333/ignore_cropper/1/11329_P-100945-Master-V1-036X_-_Copy.rev.1608566795.jpg" alt="A large-scale COVID-19 screening program known as “Project Quaker” is being rolled out across..." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1333/ignore_cropper/1/11329_P-100945-Master-V1-036X_-_Copy.rev.1608566795.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1333/ignore_cropper/1/11329_P-100945-Master-V1-036X_-_Copy.rev.1608566795.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2000" data-max-h="1333"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1798-project-quaker-testing-program-key-to-a-safe">Project Quaker Testing Program Key to a Safe Campus Reopening</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> A coordinated campus testing plan for COVID-19 that relies on saliva-based tests had its <a href="https://coronavirus.upenn.edu/announcement/message-penn-community">soft launch in early December</a>. The large-scale COVID-19 screening program known as Project Quaker will allow COVID-19 to be tracked and mitigated at Penn and is an essential component for plans to bring students back to campus safely for the <a href="https://coronavirus.upenn.edu/announcement/planning-penn%E2%80%99s-spring-2021-semester">spring semester</a>.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1514-ben-katz-nu02-w02-wg02"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/9880_Untitled_design_26.rev.1571754373.png" alt="Ben Katz, Nu'02, W’02, WG’02" 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/1514-ben-katz-nu02-w02-wg02">Ben Katz, Nu’02, W’02, WG’02</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“While I began my professional path in the Penn Nursing program, I took a wildly different course after college. Rather than continuing to become a practicing nurse, I found my way into finance and started an online bank called CARD.com.”</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1551-leslie-carr-rn-nu79"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,800,800/ignore_cropper/1/10063_Untitled_design_61.rev.1578419368.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,800,800/ignore_cropper/1/10063_Untitled_design_61.rev.1578419368.png 2x" data-max-w="800" data-max-h="800"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1551-leslie-carr-rn-nu79">Leslie Carr, RN, Nu’79</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“I had been working with the Nurse-Family Partnership for a couple of years in a rural Pennsylvania county. The work involved doing nurse home-visiting with low-income first-time mothers, starting in pregnancy and continuing until the unborn child is two years old.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1661-national-scholarships-for-penn-nursing-students"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/806,0,1746,940/ignore_cropper/1/2885_penn_nursing_fagin_hall-1.rev.1472495040.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/806,0,1746,940/ignore_cropper/1/2885_penn_nursing_fagin_hall-1.rev.1472495040.jpg 2x" data-max-w="940" data-max-h="940"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1661-national-scholarships-for-penn-nursing-students">National Scholarships for Penn Nursing Students</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Five <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">Penn Nursing</a> students have been awarded scholarships from the <a href="https://www.nsna.org/foundation-of-the-nsna.html">Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association</a> (FNSNA) for the 2020-21 academic year. The Scholarship Selection Committee, composed of faculty and students, met at FNSNA headquarters earlier in the year to review scholarship applications submitted by hundreds of applicants.</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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