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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/1792-scope-of-practice-restrictions-and-vulnerable"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/10,0,375,365/ignore_cropper/1/11310_sop-head-screen650_-_Copy.rev.1607021681.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="365" data-max-h="365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1792-scope-of-practice-restrictions-and-vulnerable">Scope of Practice Restrictions and Vulnerable Populations</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">Penn Nursing</a> and the <a href="https://ldi.upenn.edu/">Leonard Davis Institute (LDI) of Health Economics</a> teamed up to explore the issue’s changing dynamics at both the national and Pennsylvania state levels.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1711-anonymous-entry"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1000/ignore_cropper/1/10958_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500.rev.1595520401.png" alt="Holding Hands" 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/1/10958_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500.rev.1595520401.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1000/ignore_cropper/1/10958_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500.rev.1595520401.png 3x" data-max-w="2000" data-max-h="1000"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1711-anonymous-entry">Anonymous Entry</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“As an abortion provider in a city where health outcomes are poor and disparities are stark, I have seen firsthand how important it is for pregnant people to be able to access abortion care and family planning services.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1494-luz-elena-perez-mendez-nu22"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/120,31,470,380/ignore_cropper/1/9836_Untitled_design.rev.1571754766.png" alt="Luz Elena Pérez Méndez, Nu'22" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="350" data-max-h="349"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1494-luz-elena-perez-mendez-nu22">Luz Elena Pérez Méndez, Nu’22</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“I was volunteering in a small rural clinic in the outskirts of Volcán Tajumulco in Tejutla, Guatemala—the village where my parents are from—and witnessed a live birth for the first time. I cried, of course. This single moment allowed me to realize the beauty of life and the incredible process of bringing another life into this world.”</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1677-nurses-go-beyond-the-caregiving"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/246,0,1503,1256/ignore_cropper/1/10809_coronavirus-nurses-Katie-Lord-HUP_0_-_Copy.rev.1589392057.jpg" alt="Katie Lord, a registered nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, drew this carto..." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/246,0,1503,1256/ignore_cropper/1/10809_coronavirus-nurses-Katie-Lord-HUP_0_-_Copy.rev.1589392057.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/246,0,1503,1256/ignore_cropper/1/10809_coronavirus-nurses-Katie-Lord-HUP_0_-_Copy.rev.1589392057.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1257" data-max-h="1256"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1677-nurses-go-beyond-the-caregiving">Nurses Go Beyond the Caregiving</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> In the face of a disease that requires physical separation from other human beings, these care providers have extended their role, taking on tasks usually relegated to others and sitting in as family and friends to the ill. And the Penn Nursing community is doing all it can to support their colleagues on the frontlines.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1568-a-brain-link-to-stihiv-sexual-risk-young-women"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/876,204,2604,1934/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/876,204,2604,1934/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/876,204,2604,1934/ignore_cropper/1/9912_Anne_Teitelman_2016.rev.1572896600.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1728" data-max-h="1730"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1568-a-brain-link-to-stihiv-sexual-risk-young-women">A Brain Link to STI/HIV Sexual Risk: Young women with Low Condom Use During Sex Find Visual Sexual Cues Less Pleasant and Less Evocative</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Data show that young adult women in the United States have high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that increase their risk of HIV. Though epidemiologic and behavioral factors for risk have been studied, we know very little about brain factors that may be linked to STI/ HIV sexual risk.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1689-new-gift-to-penn-nursing-continues-sands-nursing"><img src="/live/image/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,184,1536,1720/ignore_cropper/1/10917_delaney_lawson.rev.1592856104.jpg" alt="Delaney Lawson, Nu'18, Sands Nursing Scholar" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,184,1536,1720/ignore_cropper/1/10917_delaney_lawson.rev.1592856104.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,184,1536,1720/ignore_cropper/1/10917_delaney_lawson.rev.1592856104.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1536" data-max-h="1536"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1689-new-gift-to-penn-nursing-continues-sands-nursing">New Gift to Penn Nursing Continues Sands Nursing Scholars Program</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Delaney R. Lawson, BSN, RN, Nu’18 chose to attend Penn Nursing for numerous reasons—Ivy League education, commitment to excellence, faculty expertise, career opportunities—but it was the <strong>Estelle M. Sands and George H. Sands Nursing Scholars program</strong> that made attending possible. “The funding from the Sands Nursing Scholar Program made a tremendous difference for me—it truly eased the financial burden of affording tuition,” she said. “And later, after graduation, the program granted me the opportunity to work at a prestigious medical center.”</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1465-welcome-to-the-new-academic-year-2019-2020"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2133/ignore_cropper/1/8511_pennnursing_nov18_1216.rev.1546440248.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2133/ignore_cropper/1/8511_pennnursing_nov18_1216.rev.1546440248.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2133/ignore_cropper/1/8511_pennnursing_nov18_1216.rev.1546440248.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2133"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1465-welcome-to-the-new-academic-year-2019-2020">Welcome to the New Academic Year, 2019-2020</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Welcome back to Penn Nursing! It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome our returning students, our faculty, and our staff to a new academic year. I’d also like to welcome Penn Nursing’s new additions: 96 BSN, 80 Accelerated BSN, 118 MSN, 88 Post-MSN, 9 PhD, and 33 DNP students.</p></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/1593-for-babies-with-congenital-heart-disease"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/400,0,1732,1333/ignore_cropper/1/9219_Spatz_3_credit_UniversityCommunications_Eric_Sucar_5.rev.1560260810.jpg" alt="Courtesy of Eric Sucar" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/400,0,1732,1333/ignore_cropper/1/9219_Spatz_3_credit_UniversityCommunications_Eric_Sucar_5.rev.1560260810.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/400,0,1732,1333/ignore_cropper/1/9219_Spatz_3_credit_UniversityCommunications_Eric_Sucar_5.rev.1560260810.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1332" data-max-h="1333"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1593-for-babies-with-congenital-heart-disease">For Babies with Congenital Heart Disease, Skin-to-skin Contact Proves Safe and Beneficial</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Research from Penn Nursing and CHOP argues that for this population, “kangaroo care” can and should become routine.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1704-isabel-li-bsn-rn-nu19"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/10940_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500-2.rev.1594214605.png" alt="Isabel Li, BSN, RN, Nu'19" 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/1/10940_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500-2.rev.1594214605.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/10940_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500-2.rev.1594214605.png 3x" data-max-w="1500" data-max-h="750"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1704-isabel-li-bsn-rn-nu19">Isabel Li, BSN, RN, Nu’19</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Six months after moving to Manhattan and beginning my career as an inpatient nurse, the city that I had just begun to call home became an epicenter for the COVID-19 pandemic. In under 48 hours, my acute surgical unit transformed into a full, 34-bed COVID ICU.</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/1578-tarik-khan-msn-rn-fnp-bc-gr22"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/10338_Untitled_design_82.rev.1581431517.png" 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/1578-tarik-khan-msn-rn-fnp-bc-gr22">Tarik Khan, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, GR’22</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“I know what it’s like to receive bad patient care. Ignored. Be given poor advice. Left in the dark. Patronized. Judged. Disrespected. Dealt with like I was faking.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1685-responding-to-challenges-of-older-adults-with"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/52,0,432,380/ignore_cropper/1/10871_older_couple_560x380.rev.1591797922.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/1685-responding-to-challenges-of-older-adults-with">Responding to Challenges of Older Adults with COVID-19</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Older adults with COVID-19 who survive hospitalizations and return to their homes confront substantial health challenges and an unpredictable future. Early evidence suggests that complex and long-term physical, functional, cognitive, and emotional negative health consequences will be the norm for them. However, the trajectories of health care needs of older adults with COVID-19 in the weeks and months following hospital discharge have yet to be identified.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1467-flores-selected-for-national-workshop"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/704,0,2835,2133/ignore_cropper/1/9715_Flores_2018.rev.1567604114.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/704,0,2835,2133/ignore_cropper/1/9715_Flores_2018.rev.1567604114.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/704,0,2835,2133/ignore_cropper/1/9715_Flores_2018.rev.1567604114.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2133"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1467-flores-selected-for-national-workshop">Flores Selected for National Workshop</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (Council) has selected Penn Nursing’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/15515-dalmacio-dennis-flores">Dalmacio Dennis Flores, PhD, ACRN</a>, Assistant Professor, as one of six early career nurse scientists to participate in the 2019 Duck-Hee Kang Memorial Mentored Workshop. The competitively chosen group of postdoctoral and new faculty will receive research mentoring from senior nurse scientists during a one-day workshop on October 22, 2019 in Washington, DC.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1528-new-international-collaboration"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,78,301,380/ignore_cropper/1/9945_Bates_SJTU_homepage_560x380.rev.1574106005.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="301" data-max-h="302"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1528-new-international-collaboration">New International Collaboration</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/history/">The Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing</a> is collaborating with the School of Humanities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University to explore the development of nursing in China.</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>

ON VIDEO

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IN PHOTOS