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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/1785-closing-the-racial-disparity-gap-in-survival-after"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/118,0,498,380/ignore_cropper/1/3386_margo-brooks0carthon-560x380.rev.1478203970.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/1785-closing-the-racial-disparity-gap-in-survival-after">Closing the Racial Disparity Gap in Survival After In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> In-hospital cardiac arrests (IHCA) represent catastrophic and often terminal events. Despite investments to improve the quality of resuscitation efforts, fewer than 25 percent of all patients that experience cardiac arrests in hospitals survive to discharge, and survival varies significantly across hospitals and by race. Until now, few have been able to specify reasons for the between-hospital differences.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1960-krista-pinola-appointed-chair-of-the-penn-nursing"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/116,0,445,329/ignore_cropper/1/11817_Pinola.rev.1623759272.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="329" data-max-h="329"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1960-krista-pinola-appointed-chair-of-the-penn-nursing">Krista Pinola Appointed Chair of the Penn Nursing Board of Advisors</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Effective July 1, 2021, Krista Pinola (NU’86) will be appointed as Chair of the School of Nursing Board of Advisors. Andie Laporte, sitting chair, and Dean Antonia M. Villarruel unanimously endorsed this appointment in consultation with the Office of the University Secretary, and with the approval of President Amy Gutmann, David Cohen, and Scott Bok – outgoing/incoming Chairs of the Board of Trustees (respectively). Krista will follow Andie Laporte’s successful tenure as Chair.</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/1964-alison-marie-dubiner-nu21"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/361,0,1260,900/ignore_cropper/1/11820_Untitled_design_51.rev.1624291890.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/361,0,1260,900/ignore_cropper/1/11820_Untitled_design_51.rev.1624291890.png 2x" data-max-w="899" data-max-h="900"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1964-alison-marie-dubiner-nu21">Alison Marie Dubiner, Nu’21</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“Who doesn’t love babies? I certainly do, but it’s the birthing person I enjoy caring for more.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1864-lauren-marconi"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/11537_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500_6.rev.1614963498.png" alt="Lauren Marconi" 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/1/11537_Humans_of_Penn_Nursing_1000x500_6.rev.1614963498.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1864-lauren-marconi">Lauren Marconi</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“I can’t believe it has been a year since we have been on lockdown, and it feels like the longest year of doing everything correctly, from social distancing to wearing masks. I started nursing school at Penn in June 2020 while studying completely online.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1920-2021-presidents-innovation-prize-for-penn-nursing"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1331,1331/ignore_cropper/1/11695_P-100990-Master-V1-041X-square.rev.1618850692.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1331,1331/ignore_cropper/1/11695_P-100990-Master-V1-041X-square.rev.1618850692.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1331,1331/ignore_cropper/1/11695_P-100990-Master-V1-041X-square.rev.1618850692.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1331" data-max-h="1331"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1920-2021-presidents-innovation-prize-for-penn-nursing">2021 President’s Innovation Prize for Penn Nursing Senior</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Anthony Scarpone-Lambert, who is graduating in a few weeks, is the first nursing student to win this award. The President’s Innovation Prize was created by <a href="https://president.upenn.edu/meet-president">University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann</a> to strengthen the University’s commitment to innovation under the Penn Compact 2020.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2040-mandates-likely-work-to-increase-vaccine-uptake"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/212,0,1064,853/ignore_cropper/1/12066_thumbnail_albarracin-dolores-vaccine-mandates-teaser.rev.1634831314.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/212,0,1064,853/ignore_cropper/1/12066_thumbnail_albarracin-dolores-vaccine-mandates-teaser.rev.1634831314.jpg 2x" data-max-w="852" data-max-h="853"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2040-mandates-likely-work-to-increase-vaccine-uptake">Mandates Likely Work to Increase Vaccine Uptake</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Rather than causing a backlash, vaccination requirements will succeed at getting more people inoculated, according to research from <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/details/profiles.php?id=17310">PIK Professor Dolores Albarracín</a>, the Alexandra Heyman Nash Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor with appointments in the <a href="https://www.asc.upenn.edu/">Annenberg School for Communication</a> and the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">School of Nursing</a>, and fellow colleagues at Penn.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2020-addressing-systemic-inequities-linked-to"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/113,0,492,380/ignore_cropper/1/3386_margo-brooks0carthon-560x380.rev.1478203970.jpg" 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/2020-addressing-systemic-inequities-linked-to">Addressing Systemic Inequities Linked to Readmission Disparities for Minority Stroke Patients</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Racial minorities are disproportionately affected by stroke, with Black patients experiencing worse post-stroke outcomes than White patients. Racial disparities in stroke outcomes have been linked to suboptimal control of risk factors such as hypertension, lack of access to health care, and decreased utilization of neurologic services. However, it was previously unknown if outcomes for Black ischemic stroke patients were affected by care settings with insufficient nursing resources.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1909-international-award-for-penn-nursing-professor"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/3277_brawner_560x380.rev.1506614560.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/1909-international-award-for-penn-nursing-professor">International Award for Penn Nursing Professor</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) recently awarded <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">Penn Nursing</a>’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/97-bridgette-m-brawner">Bridgette M. Brawner, PhD, MDiv, APRN</a>, Associate Professor in the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/academics/fch/">Department of Family and Community Health</a>, its Diversity and Equity Award. The award was presented during the ISPN 23rd Annual Virtual Conference on March 24. Brawner will present the Diversity/Equity lecture at next year’s conference.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1773-penn-nursings-maria-torchia-logrippo-is-a-2020-nln"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/11240_Maria_LoGrippo560x380_copy.rev.1603733706.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/1773-penn-nursings-maria-torchia-logrippo-is-a-2020-nln">Penn Nursing’s Maria Torchia LoGrippo is a 2020 NLN Academy of Nursing Education Fellow</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education fosters excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of outstanding individuals in and outside the profession who have contributed to nursing education in sustained and significant ways.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1738-helping-teens-with-type-1-diabetes-improve"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/665,44,2233,1614/ignore_cropper/1/8554_Terri_Lipman_2016.rev.1547822449.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/665,44,2233,1614/ignore_cropper/1/8554_Terri_Lipman_2016.rev.1547822449.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/665,44,2233,1614/ignore_cropper/1/8554_Terri_Lipman_2016.rev.1547822449.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1568" data-max-h="1570"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1738-helping-teens-with-type-1-diabetes-improve">Helping Teens with Type 1 Diabetes Improve Diabetes Control with MyDiaText</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Adolescence is a difficult period of development, made more complex for those with Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). The challenges of managing multiple doses of daily insulin administration, blood glucose monitoring, dietary and exercise requirements, can make self-care difficult and complicate outcomes. Adolescents with T1DM often have poorer diabetes outcomes than others, indicating that glucose control is difficult for them to maintain.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2068-illinois-nurse-staffing-legislation-predicted-to"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/97,0,477,380/ignore_cropper/1/11047_nurse_staffing_560x380.rev.1597696012.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/2068-illinois-nurse-staffing-legislation-predicted-to">Illinois Nurse Staffing Legislation Predicted to Reduce Hospital Deaths and Improve Care</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> According to a new <a href="https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/11/12/e052899.full">study</a> published in the scientific journal <em>BMJ Open,</em> proposed state legislation in Illinois—HB 2604 Safe Staffing Limits Act– would significantly improve nurse staffing in hospitals and likely save thousands of lives. The cost of improving nurse staffing could be offset by cost savings achieved by the impact of better nurse staffing on shorter length of hospital stays.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1797-improving-hospital-nurse-staffing-is-associated"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/89,0,469,380/ignore_cropper/1/11047_nurse_staffing_560x380.rev.1597696012.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/1797-improving-hospital-nurse-staffing-is-associated">Improving Hospital Nurse Staffing Is Associated with Fewer Deaths from Sepsis</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> According to a new <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0196655320310385">study</a> published in American Journal of Infection Control, improving nurse staffing as proposed in pending legislation in New York state would likely save lives of sepsis patients and save money by reducing the length of hospital stays.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1743-virtual-reality-trains-public-to-reverse-opioid"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/330,0,1182,853/ignore_cropper/1/11128_thumbnail_VR_pic.rev.1600106098.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/330,0,1182,853/ignore_cropper/1/11128_thumbnail_VR_pic.rev.1600106098.jpg 2x" data-max-w="852" data-max-h="853"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1743-virtual-reality-trains-public-to-reverse-opioid">Virtual Reality Trains Public to Reverse Opioid Overdoses</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The United States has seen a 200% increase in the rate of deaths by opioid overdose in the last 20 years. But many of these deaths were preventable. Naloxone, also called Narcan, is a prescription drug that reverses opioid overdoses, and in more than 40 states — including Pennsylvania — there is a standing order policy, which makes it available to anyone, without an individual prescription from a healthcare provider.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1883-laporte-challenge-fund-inspires-fourteen-new"><img src="/live/image/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/89,0,469,380/ignore_cropper/1/11578_Andie_Laporte_560x380.rev.1615412414.jpg" alt="Andie Laporte, Nu’69, Chair of Penn Nursing’s Board of Advisors" 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/1883-laporte-challenge-fund-inspires-fourteen-new">Laporte Challenge Fund Inspires Fourteen New Endowed Fellowships</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">With over 70 percent of our students reliant upon financial aid to afford a Penn Nursing education, fellowships are particularly critical, especially for students in our accelerated second degree and Masters programs who are often no longer eligible for certain types of aid. It was this need that inspired Andie Laporte, alumna and Chair of Penn Nursing’s Board of Advisors, to offer matching funds to anyone who would like to endow fellowships at the School. Thanks to Andie’s brilliant idea and generosity, donors established fourteen new fellowships for students in need, all designated for accelerated second degree and Masters students.</div></article>