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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/1744-antonia-m-villarruel-reappointed-dean-of-the-penn"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/11104_Dean_Villarruel_Headshot_2020_560x380.rev.1599658599.jpg" alt="" 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/1744-antonia-m-villarruel-reappointed-dean-of-the-penn">Antonia M. Villarruel Reappointed Dean of the Penn School of Nursing</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The announcement was made today by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2053-exploring-psychological-resiliency-of-older-adults"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/137,0,517,380/ignore_cropper/1/8136_ariana_chao_560x380.rev.1538748047.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/2053-exploring-psychological-resiliency-of-older-adults">Exploring Psychological Resiliency of Older Adults with Diabetes</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Studies suggest that exposure to the COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with a variety of different mental health consequences including reports of depression, loneliness, and insomnia. People who are more than 65 years of age and those with underlying medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes and obesity are particularly vulnerable to negative outcomes from COVID-19. Until now, few investigations have identified and separated the mental health consequences of exposure to the COVID-19 pandemic from preexisting factors in this age group. A new prospective study of a large cohort of older adults with type 2 diabetes and overweight/obesity from across the U.S. has explored this subject with surprising results.</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/1979-safe-nurse-staffing-standards-in-hospitals-saves"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/41,0,409,368/ignore_cropper/1/11047_nurse_staffing_560x380.rev.1597696012.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="368" data-max-h="368"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1979-safe-nurse-staffing-standards-in-hospitals-saves">Safe Nurse Staffing Standards in Hospitals Saves Lives and Lowers Costs</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">A <a href="http://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(21)00209-6/fulltext">new study</a> published in <em>The Lancet Global Health</em> showed that establishing safe nurse staffing standards in hospitals in Chile could save lives, prevent readmissions, shorten hospital stays, and reduce costs.</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/1862-equitably-allocating-covid-19-vaccine"><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/1862-equitably-allocating-covid-19-vaccine">Equitably Allocating COVID-19 Vaccine</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Equitable implementation of COVID‐19 vaccine delivery is a national and global priority, with a strong focus on reducing existing disparities and not creating new disparities. But while a framework has been recognized for equitable allocation of COVID‐19 vaccine that acknowledges the rights and interests of sexual and gender minorities (SGM), it fails to identify strategies or data to achieve that goal.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1778-leah-geoghegan-hnp-agnp-c-nu14-gnu18"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,840,570/ignore_cropper/1/11280_560x380_4.rev.1605023764.png" alt="Leah Geoghegan, HNP, AGNP-C, Nu’14, GNu’18" 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/1/11280_560x380_4.rev.1605023764.png 2x" data-max-w="840" data-max-h="570"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1778-leah-geoghegan-hnp-agnp-c-nu14-gnu18">Leah Geoghegan, HNP, AGNP-C, Nu’14, GNu’18</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">After graduating from Penn Nursing in 2014, I moved to NYC and started my career as a staff nurse at NYU Langone Health in Manhattan.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1962-treating-sleep-apnea-with-cpap-therapy-is"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/896,6,2227,1338/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/896,6,2227,1338/ignore_cropper/1/10726_AMY_SAWYER.rev.1587654179.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/896,6,2227,1338/ignore_cropper/1/10726_AMY_SAWYER.rev.1587654179.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1331" data-max-h="1332"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1962-treating-sleep-apnea-with-cpap-therapy-is">Treating Sleep Apnea with CPAP Therapy is Associated with Lower Risk of Heart Problems</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Penn Nursing’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/details/profiles.php?id=15476">Amy Sawyer, PhD, RN</a>, Associate Professor of Sleep & Health Behavior in the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/academics/bhs/">Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences</a>, is co-lead investigator for a study showing that patients with untreated, moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea had a higher risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event, but the risk of incident heart problems was decreased in those who used CPAP therapy. The findings were published recently in an <a href="https://www.sleepmeeting.org/abstract-supplements/">online supplement</a> of the journal <a href="https://academic.oup.com/sleep/article-abstract/44/Supplement_2/A173/6260261?redirectedFrom=fulltext"><em>Sleep</em></a> and were presented as a poster during <a href="https://www.sleepmeeting.org/">Virtual SLEEP 2021.</a></p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1731-american-academy-of-nursing-names-linda-aiken-a"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/486,28,1270,814/ignore_cropper/1/11062_linda_aiken_2019.rev.1597930128.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/486,28,1270,814/ignore_cropper/1/11062_linda_aiken_2019.rev.1597930128.jpg 2x" data-max-w="784" data-max-h="786"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1731-american-academy-of-nursing-names-linda-aiken-a">American Academy of Nursing Names Linda Aiken a Living Legend</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">This honor is bestowed upon a person who has made significant contributions to nursing and health care over the course of their career.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1912-josiah-borden-grn21"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/500,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/11664_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500_7.rev.1617887804.png" alt="Josiah Borden" 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/1912-josiah-borden-grn21">Josiah Borden, GRN’21</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“I was five years old in a public restroom when I made my decision to become a nurse. My mother was helping me get dressed for school, as she had countless mornings before, but this morning, for a reason I’ll never know, she took a very serious pause to tell me I could be anything I want someday.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1922-penn-nursing-dean-antonia-villarruel-to-receive"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/89,0,469,380/ignore_cropper/1/11258_Dean_Villarruel_Headshot_2020_560x380.rev.1603895371.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/1922-penn-nursing-dean-antonia-villarruel-to-receive">Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel to Receive The Ohtli Award from the Government of Mexico</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> This is the highest honor bestowed by the Mexican Government to individuals and organizations that have stood out for their work in favor of the empowerment of the Mexican diaspora and helped to “open the path” for the new Mexican American and Latino generations.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2004-welcome-to-the-new-academic-year-2021-2022-from"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/832,0,2963,2133/ignore_cropper/1/11962_Penn_Nursing_Portraits_e-8.rev.1631019654.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/832,0,2963,2133/ignore_cropper/1/11962_Penn_Nursing_Portraits_e-8.rev.1631019654.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/832,0,2963,2133/ignore_cropper/1/11962_Penn_Nursing_Portraits_e-8.rev.1631019654.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2133"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2004-welcome-to-the-new-academic-year-2021-2022-from">Welcome to the New Academic Year, 2021-2022 from Dean Antonia M. Villarruel</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Dear Colleagues – It feels like some time since I’ve been able to say this, but …<strong>Welcome back to Fagin Hall</strong>! It is great to be together again in our home base on Penn campus—and to resume in-person operations. It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome our returning students, faculty, and staff to this new academic year. I’d also like to welcome Penn Nursing’s new additions: 100 BSN, 83 ABSN, 65 MSN, 22 Post-MSN, 10 PhD, 41 Post-Masters DNP and executive leadership, and 28 Nurse Anesthesia DNP students. We have been waiting for you! Our faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to provide the best and safest educational experience possible.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1712-christina-stille-nu92"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,840,570/ignore_cropper/1/10952_Copy_of_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500.rev.1594753471.jpg" alt="Christina Smith Stille, Nu'92" 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/1/10952_Copy_of_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500.rev.1594753471.jpg 2x" data-max-w="840" data-max-h="570"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1712-christina-stille-nu92">Christina Stille, Nu’92</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Telehealth: new and always interesting in pediatrics.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1734-welcome-to-the-new-academic-year-2020-2021-from"><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/1734-welcome-to-the-new-academic-year-2020-2021-from">Welcome to the New Academic Year, 2020-2021 from Dean Antonia M. Villarruel</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Dear Colleagues–welcome back to Penn Nursing! This is a semester like no other. While our day-to-day operations may look different, our mission—to make a significant impact on health by advancing science, promoting equity, demonstrating practice excellence, and preparing leaders in the discipline of nursing—<strong>remains steadfast</strong>. </p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1905-infants-experiencing-opioid-withdrawal-more-often"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/524,0,1856,1333/ignore_cropper/1/11650_lake-eileen-teaser.rev.1616681139.jpg" alt="Eileen Lake is the Jessie M. Scott Endowed Term Chair in Nursing and Health Policy, a professor o..." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/524,0,1856,1333/ignore_cropper/1/11650_lake-eileen-teaser.rev.1616681139.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/524,0,1856,1333/ignore_cropper/1/11650_lake-eileen-teaser.rev.1616681139.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1332" data-max-h="1333"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1905-infants-experiencing-opioid-withdrawal-more-often">Infants Experiencing Opioid Withdrawal More Often Treated in Poorer Quality Hospitals</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The research from Penn Nursing analyzed information from three datasets accounting for 25 percent of U.S. births annually.</p></div></article>