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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.


Penn Nursing News

  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1724-emily-layne-nu20"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1000/ignore_cropper/1/10995_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500-2.rev.1597156672.png" alt="Emily Layne, Nu'20" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1000/ignore_cropper/1/10995_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500-2.rev.1597156672.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1000/ignore_cropper/1/10995_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500-2.rev.1597156672.png 3x" data-max-w="2000" data-max-h="1000"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1724-emily-layne-nu20">Emily Layne, Nu’20</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">After completing 900+ clinical hours, I believed I had developed a thorough understanding of the challenges patients face. As a graduate of Penn Nursing’s traditional BSN program, I dedicated four years of my life to learning the art and science of holistically caring for patients. But after undergoing knee surgery, I discovered that nothing could have prepared me for my own recovery process.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1790-new-senior-leadership-role-for-lewis"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/908,102,2438,1633/ignore_cropper/1/8527_Lisa_Lewis_2016.rev.1547499455.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/908,102,2438,1633/ignore_cropper/1/8527_Lisa_Lewis_2016.rev.1547499455.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/908,102,2438,1633/ignore_cropper/1/8527_Lisa_Lewis_2016.rev.1547499455.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1530" data-max-h="1531"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1790-new-senior-leadership-role-for-lewis">New Senior Leadership Role for Lewis</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/8-lisa-m-lewis">Lisa Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN</a>, has been appointed the Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion. Her commitment to social justice is deeply rooted in her lived experience, teaching, and program of research.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1826-sydney-eavey"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,840,570/ignore_cropper/1/11426_560x380-5.rev.1611602547.png" alt="Sydney Eavey" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,840,570/ignore_cropper/1/11426_560x380-5.rev.1611602547.png 2x" data-max-w="840" data-max-h="570"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1826-sydney-eavey">Sydney Eavey</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“I was in my first medical-surgical rotation on a neurology floor and experienced several challenging patient interactions.</div></article>
  • <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/2115-for-seven-years-running-penn-nursing-is-1-in-the"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/274,41,533,300/ignore_cropper/1/12332_QS_2022_560x380.rev.1649255071.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="259" data-max-h="259"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2115-for-seven-years-running-penn-nursing-is-1-in-the">For Seven Years Running, Penn Nursing is # 1 in the World</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) is again ranked in the top spot for 2022 according to a recent ranking by <a href="https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2022/nursing">QS World University</a>. The rankings highlight the world’s top universities in 51 different subject areas based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and research impact. Since 2016, Penn Nursing has been ranked first.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1990-scaling-the-model-of-care-for-patients-with-opioid"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/2,0,502,500/ignore_cropper/1/9915_Opioids_topstory_1000x500.rev.1572966826.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="500" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1990-scaling-the-model-of-care-for-patients-with-opioid">Scaling the Model of Care for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Data show that concurrent with the opioid overdose crisis, there has been an increase in hospitalizations of people with opioid use disorder (OUD). One in ten of these hospitalized medical or surgical patients have comorbid opioid-related diagnoses.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1953-gun-violence-and-its-impact-on-healthcare"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/736,228,1896,1389/ignore_cropper/1/11259_Terry-Richmond-P-100737-Master-V1-004X.rev.1603895394.jpg" alt="Dr. Therese Richmond" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/736,228,1896,1389/ignore_cropper/1/11259_Terry-Richmond-P-100737-Master-V1-004X.rev.1603895394.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/736,228,1896,1389/ignore_cropper/1/11259_Terry-Richmond-P-100737-Master-V1-004X.rev.1603895394.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1160" data-max-h="1161"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1953-gun-violence-and-its-impact-on-healthcare">Gun Violence and it’s Impact on Healthcare</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> “Gun Violence and its Impact on Healthcare,” a panel discussion featuring Dr. Therese Richmond and other experts from the University of Pennsylvania, examines the devastating effect of gun violence in America and its enduring impact on health and healthcare. The discussion was hosted by <a href="https://www.curetalks.com/gun-violence-and-impact-on-healthcare/">Curetalks.com.</a></p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2109-penn-nursing-researchers-co-edit-special-journal"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/598,0,1957,1360/ignore_cropper/1/468_429_085.rev.1466174729.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/598,0,1957,1360/ignore_cropper/1/468_429_085.rev.1466174729.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/598,0,1957,1360/ignore_cropper/1/468_429_085.rev.1466174729.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1359" data-max-h="1360"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2109-penn-nursing-researchers-co-edit-special-journal">Penn Nursing Researchers Co-Edit Special Journal Issue About Social Determinants of Health</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="about:blank">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing</a> (Penn Nursing) faculty J. Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Adriana Perez, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, are guest editors of the April 2022 special edition of the journal <em>Research in Nursing & Health.</em> The Issue <em>“</em><a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/1098240x/2022/45/2">Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health</a>” is the first of its kind published by a nursing research journal.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2141-julie-fairman-phd-rn-faan-transitions-from"><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/2141-julie-fairman-phd-rn-faan-transitions-from">Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Transitions from Standing Faculty at Penn Nursing</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><a href="/live/profiles/35-julie-a-fairman" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Julie A. Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN</a>, Nightingale Professor in Honor of Nursing Veterans and professor of nursing, an internationally recognized scholar and leader in nursing education and history will transition from her faculty role on June 30th, 2022.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/admissions/financial-aid/amy-gutmann-leadership-scholars/#Scholars"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/110,7,449,346/ignore_cropper/1/12014_AGLSCollage.rev.1632929657.png" alt="Amy Gutmann Leadership Scholars" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="339" data-max-h="339"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/admissions/financial-aid/amy-gutmann-leadership-scholars/#Scholars">Meet the Amy Gutmann Leadership Scholars</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">The first cohort of undergraduate and graduate scholars are here at Penn Nursing with a focus on making a lasting impact in underserved urban and rural communities. </div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2049-with-more-kids-eligible-for-vaccines-is-the"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/332,0,1664,1333/ignore_cropper/1/12091_kids-vaccines-main-teaser.rev.1635966065.jpg" alt="" 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/1/12091_kids-vaccines-main-teaser.rev.1635966065.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/332,0,1664,1333/ignore_cropper/1/12091_kids-vaccines-main-teaser.rev.1635966065.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1332" data-max-h="1333"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2049-with-more-kids-eligible-for-vaccines-is-the">With More Kids Eligible for Vaccines, is the Pandemic in a New Phase?</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> With the FDA authorization last week, 28 million more children are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Penn Nursing’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/details/profiles.php?id=15620">Melanie Kornides, ScD</a>, and other experts from Penn Medicine, share their thoughts about what to expect in the weeks and months to come.</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/1958-promoting-self-care-among-african-immigrants-with"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/180,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/11813_MicrosoftTeams-image_7.rev.1623676888.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/1958-promoting-self-care-among-african-immigrants-with">Promoting Self-care Among African Immigrants with Chronic Diseases</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> In a new article for Penn LDI’s <em>Health Policy$ense</em> blog, <a href="https://ldi.upenn.edu/author/onome-henry-osokpo-phd-msc-msn-rn-0">Onome Henry Osokpo, PhD, MSc, MSN, RN</a>, LDI Associate Fellow, Provost Postdoctoral Fellow for Academic Diversity, and Penn Nursing Postdoctoral Research Fellow, writes about the cultural and structural factors that affect self-care in African immigrants with chronic disease.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2064-prestigious-fellowship-for-penn-nursing-professor"><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="" 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/2064-prestigious-fellowship-for-penn-nursing-professor">Prestigious Fellowship for Penn Nursing Professor</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/details/profiles.php?id=58">Connie M. Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, MSN</a>, the Lillian S. Brunner Endowed Chair in Medical and Surgical Nursing, Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy and Nursing 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>, has been elected one of 24 new Fellows of <a href="https://www.thehastingscenter.org/">The Hastings Center</a>.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2095-fourth-annual-story-slam"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/29,0,712,684/ignore_cropper/1/12268_FLu17qRVUAAr9Zk.rev.1645113411.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="683" data-max-h="684"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2095-fourth-annual-story-slam">Fourth Annual Story Slam</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">On Wednesday, February 16, nurses from Penn Nursing and Penn Medicine shared their true, personal stories for Penn Nursing’s annual Story Slam event.</div></article>