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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/2007-american-academy-of-nursing-announces-new-fellows"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/88,0,625,537/ignore_cropper/1/11974_aan-hi-logo-716x537.rev.1631204412.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="537" data-max-h="537"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2007-american-academy-of-nursing-announces-new-fellows">American Academy of Nursing Announces New Fellows</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Nine nursing professionals with ties to Penn Nursing will be inducted as 2021 Fellows of the <a href="https://www.aannet.org/home">American Academy of Nursing</a> (AAN). One is a current Penn faculty member and alumna; the additional eight are Penn Nursing alumni.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1915-penn-nursing-supports-black-maternal-health-week"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/215,61,343,190/ignore_cropper/1/11675_BMHW.rev.1618326367.jpg" alt="Black Maternal Health Week" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="128" data-max-h="129"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1915-penn-nursing-supports-black-maternal-health-week">Penn Nursing Supports Black Maternal Health Week</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> To mark Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) in the United States, faculty from Penn Nursing, including Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing <a href="/live/profiles/67-antonia-m-villarruel" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN</a>, issued a statement recognizing the initiative as an important step in efforts to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality among Black women. The statement points to the “devastating effects of racism on maternal health.”</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1777-how-the-pandemic-disrupts-breastfeeding"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/89,0,469,380/ignore_cropper/1/6741_breastfeeding_560x380_adobe_stock_2.rev.1508343078.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/1777-how-the-pandemic-disrupts-breastfeeding">How the Pandemic Disrupts Breastfeeding Experiences</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The COVID-19 pandemic and the implications of physical distancing have disrupted new mothers’ birth and breastfeeding experiences even if they are not COVID-19 positive or a person awaiting results. In a new case series report from the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing</a> (Penn Nursing), researchers share common concerns and experiences as reported by three first-time, healthy mothers regarding the disruption of their birth plans and breastfeeding experiences.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1784-home-health-care-improves-covid-19-outcomes"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/678,0,2412,1735/ignore_cropper/1/9661_Kathryn_Bowles_2016.rev.1564682514.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/678,0,2412,1735/ignore_cropper/1/9661_Kathryn_Bowles_2016.rev.1564682514.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/678,0,2412,1735/ignore_cropper/1/9661_Kathryn_Bowles_2016.rev.1564682514.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1734" data-max-h="1735"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1784-home-health-care-improves-covid-19-outcomes">Home Health Care Improves COVID-19 Outcomes</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Survivors of COVID-19 are a vulnerable population who often have health ramifications from their illness and hospital stay. Upon returning home from acute care, large proportions of survivors experience functional dependencies, pain, dyspnea, and exhaustion. Until now, no data has been available on the outcomes of COVID-19 patients discharged home after hospitalization and their recovery needs.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1774-penn-nursings-innovation-ecosystem"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,1499/ignore_cropper/1/11256_Smartsocks-2.rev.1603895331.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,1499/ignore_cropper/1/11256_Smartsocks-2.rev.1603895331.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,1499/ignore_cropper/1/11256_Smartsocks-2.rev.1603895331.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1500" data-max-h="1499"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1774-penn-nursings-innovation-ecosystem">Penn Nursing’s Innovation Ecosystem</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> In the past five years, the School has been intentional about creating an environment that rewards risk-taking and supports failures. It’s led to story slams and accelerators and a shift to an innovation-centric mindset.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1969-dolores-albarracin-appointed-penn-integrates"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/460,134,2560,2234/ignore_cropper/1/11824_Albarracin.rev.1624371959.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/460,134,2560,2234/ignore_cropper/1/11824_Albarracin.rev.1624371959.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/460,134,2560,2234/ignore_cropper/1/11824_Albarracin.rev.1624371959.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2100" data-max-h="2100"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1969-dolores-albarracin-appointed-penn-integrates">Dolores Albarracín Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett today announced the appointment of Dolores Albarracín as the University of Pennsylvania’s twenty-eighth Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor, beginning July 1, 2021. Albarracín, a world-renowned social psychologist, will be the Alexandra Heyman Nash University Professor, with joint appointments in the Annenberg School for Communication and the Department of Family and Community Health in the School of Nursing.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1806-new-director-for-center-for-health-outcomes-and"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/11219_Matt_McHugh_560x380.rev.1603117742.jpg" alt="Matthew D. McHugh" 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/1806-new-director-for-center-for-health-outcomes-and">New Director for Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/92-matthew-d-mchugh">Matthew McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, FAAN</a>, the Independence Chair for Nursing Education and Professor of Nursing, has been appointed the Director for the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing</a>’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/chopr/">Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research</a> (CHOPR). The appointment was effective as of January 1, 2021. CHOPR was established in 1989 by Dr. Linda Aiken as one of the first centers to scale up rigorous research on the impact of nursing on patient outcomes. It uses evidence to inform policy and produces the next generation of nurse scientists.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1789-increasing-hpv-vaccine-uptake-in-adolescents"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/857,0,2700,1844/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/857,0,2700,1844/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/857,0,2700,1844/ignore_cropper/1/9912_Anne_Teitelman_2016.rev.1572896600.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1843" data-max-h="1844"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1789-increasing-hpv-vaccine-uptake-in-adolescents">Increasing HPV Vaccine Uptake in Adolescents</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> More than 90 percent of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers could be prevented by widespread uptake of the HPV vaccine. Yet, vaccine use in the United States falls short of public health goals.</p></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/1720-tackling-the-bioethics-challenges-raised-by"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/7117_ulrich_560x380.rev.1518712552.png" alt="Connie Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN" 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/1720-tackling-the-bioethics-challenges-raised-by">Tackling the Bioethics Challenges Raised by COVID-19</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The diverse situations experienced by health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic often present serious ethical challenges. From the allocation of resources and triage protocols to health-care worker and patient rights and the management of clinical trials, new ethical questions have come to the forefront of today’s global public health emergency.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1854-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-ashley-paine-fuchs-bsn-nu00">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/2001-humans-of-penn-nursing-sheyenne-gillis-nu22"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/11932_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500_10.rev.1629923657.png" alt="Sheyenne Gillis, NU’22" 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/1/11932_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500_10.rev.1629923657.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2001-humans-of-penn-nursing-sheyenne-gillis-nu22">Humans of Penn Nursing: Sheyenne Gillis, Nu’22</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">I had the pleasure of being accepted into the CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP).</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1952-exploring-an-epidemics-meaning-from-the"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/89,0,469,380/ignore_cropper/1/11804_Fairman_560x380.rev.1623074481.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/1952-exploring-an-epidemics-meaning-from-the">Exploring an Epidemic’s Meaning from the Perspective of Nursing</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> An article written almost 30 years ago helps frame social constructs around the COVID-19 pandemic. By reviewing the essay, an historian of nursing at the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing</a> (Penn Nursing) extends that construct to include nurses and patients, delivering a local and personal meaning to the epidemic experience.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1924-an-urgent-need"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/56,0,4770,4710/ignore_cropper/1/11710_MicrosoftTeams-image_1.rev.1619462631.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/56,0,4770,4710/ignore_cropper/1/11710_MicrosoftTeams-image_1.rev.1619462631.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/56,0,4770,4710/ignore_cropper/1/11710_MicrosoftTeams-image_1.rev.1619462631.png 3x" data-max-w="4714" data-max-h="4710"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1924-an-urgent-need">An Urgent Need</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/67-antonia-m-villarruel">Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel</a> serves as a member of the ASPEN Health Strategy Group (AHSG), which just released a new report calling for a prompt response to address the U.S. maternal mortality crisis, which disproportionately impacts Black women and other women of color. “Reversing the U.S. Maternal Mortality Crisis” is the result of convening of 23 nationally recognized leaders and experts across sectors, with input from the general public.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="https://ldi.upenn.edu/sites/default/files/pdf/PennLDI-PennNursing-PA-Scope-of-Practice-Policy-Brief.pdf"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/359,22,556,219/ignore_cropper/1/11441_SOP_policy_brief_560x380.rev.1611853889.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="197" data-max-h="197"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="https://ldi.upenn.edu/sites/default/files/pdf/PennLDI-PennNursing-PA-Scope-of-Practice-Policy-Brief.pdf">Pennsylvania Scope of Practice Policy Brief</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Pennsylvania is one of 28 states that has not expanded the scope of practice in its licensure laws for certified registered nurse practitioners (NPs), who must maintain formal collaborative agreements with physicians to practice. The University of Pennsylvania held a <a href="https://ldi.upenn.edu/improving-health-across-pa-through-nursing-sop-reform">virtual workshop</a> on November 20, 2020, bringing together researchers, health professionals, and consumers to chart a new path forward. This <a href="https://ldi.upenn.edu/sites/default/files/pdf/PennLDI-PennNursing-PA-Scope-of-Practice-Policy-Brief.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">policy brief</a> summarizes their recommendations to update scope of practice regulation to better meet the primary care needs of Pennsylvanians.</div></article>

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