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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/2205-the-magliacano-digital-communications-center-is"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/185,0,2316,2133/ignore_cropper/1/13569_MDCCUnveiling-56.rev.1666722071.jpg" alt="Maria Coutretsis Magliacano, Nu’98" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/185,0,2316,2133/ignore_cropper/1/13569_MDCCUnveiling-56.rev.1666722071.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/185,0,2316,2133/ignore_cropper/1/13569_MDCCUnveiling-56.rev.1666722071.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2133"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2205-the-magliacano-digital-communications-center-is">The Magliacano Digital Communications Center is now LIVE!</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Penn Nursing’s legacy of leadership and focus on innovation demands cutting edge technology in all of its spaces—including the Carol Elizabeth Ware Lobby in Claire M. Fagin Hall. Thanks to a generous gift from Maria Coutretsis Magliacano, Nu’98 and Marc Magliacano, W’96, the look and feel of the lobby—not to mention the School’s technology assets—have been transformed by a strategically designed digital communications center.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2150-statement-on-roe-v-wade-decision"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2133/ignore_cropper/1/9216_gb_181024_5428.rev.1560187361.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/1/9216_gb_181024_5428.rev.1560187361.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2133/ignore_cropper/1/9216_gb_181024_5428.rev.1560187361.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2133"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2150-statement-on-roe-v-wade-decision">Statement on Roe v. Wade Decision</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Penn Nursing stands firm on its principles of equitable access to health care—including abortion.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2058-impressive-showing-for-student-nurses-at-penn"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1080/ignore_cropper/1/12108_IMG_20211119_202252_196_002.rev.1637608123.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1080/ignore_cropper/1/12108_IMG_20211119_202252_196_002.rev.1637608123.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1080/ignore_cropper/1/12108_IMG_20211119_202252_196_002.rev.1637608123.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1080" data-max-h="1080"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2058-impressive-showing-for-student-nurses-at-penn">Impressive Showing for Student Nurses at Penn During Annual Convention</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/snap/">Student Nurses at Penn</a> (SNAP) were a powerhouse – winning awards/scholarships/elections, having legislative impact, making presentations – at the 69th Annual Convention of the Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania held November 18-19, 2021, in Harrisburg.</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/2098-investigating-the-effects-of-critical-illness-in"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/163,0,543,380/ignore_cropper/1/12280_early_child_cognitive_560x380.rev.1646165415.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/2098-investigating-the-effects-of-critical-illness-in">Investigating the Effects of Critical Illness in Early Childhood on Neurocognitive Outcomes</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Approximately 23,700 children in the U.S. undergo invasive mechanical ventilation for acute respiratory failure annually. Although most survive, little is known if they have worse long-term neurocognitive function than children who do not undergo such procedures. There are concerns about neurotoxic effects of critical illness and its treatment on the developing brain. Therefore, infants and young children may be uniquely susceptible to adverse neurocognitive outcomes after invasive mechanical ventilation.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/files/1853-leading-to-a-healthier-more-equitable-future"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/4,0,346,341/ignore_cropper/1/12071_Strategic_Plan_Cover_560x380.rev.1634839705.png" alt="Penn Nursing’s strategic plan, Leading to a Healthier, More Equitable Future." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="342" data-max-h="341"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/files/1853-leading-to-a-healthier-more-equitable-future">Forging a New Path Forward</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Penn Nursing’s strategic plan, <i>Leading to a Healthier, More Equitable Future, </i>is about unstoppable drive, doing more, and forging a new path forward.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2071-penn-nursing-awarded-pennsylvania-state-grant"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/420,0,4416,3999/ignore_cropper/1/12154_MicrosoftTeams-image_5.rev.1639582797.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/420,0,4416,3999/ignore_cropper/1/12154_MicrosoftTeams-image_5.rev.1639582797.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/420,0,4416,3999/ignore_cropper/1/12154_MicrosoftTeams-image_5.rev.1639582797.png 3x" data-max-w="3996" data-max-h="3999"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2071-penn-nursing-awarded-pennsylvania-state-grant">Penn Nursing Awarded Pennsylvania State Grant</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu">Penn Nursing</a>’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/cgwh/">Center for Global Women’s Health</a> (CGWH) has been awarded a $30,000 grant through <a href="https://www.education.pa.gov/Postsecondary-Adult/Pages/Governor-Wolf's-It's-On-Us-PA-Grant-Program.aspx">It’s On Us PA</a>, a statewide campaign that aims to end sexual assault by bringing together college and university presidents, superintendents, administrators, teachers, students, families, and community members to reframe the conversation around sexual violence and pledge to be part of the solution.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2059-after-covid-19-priorities-for-health-system"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/460,0,1263,803/ignore_cropper/1/8779_Mary_Naylor.rev.1553180064.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/460,0,1263,803/ignore_cropper/1/8779_Mary_Naylor.rev.1553180064.jpg 2x" data-max-w="803" data-max-h="803"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2059-after-covid-19-priorities-for-health-system">After COVID-19: Priorities for Health System Transformation</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu">Penn Nursing</a>’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/details/profiles.php?id=52">Mary Naylor, PhD, R, FAAN</a>, the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and Director of the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/ncth/">NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health</a>, and co-chair of the Culture Inclusion & Equity Action Collaborative—one of the four collaboratives under the <a href="https://nam.edu/programs/value-science-driven-health-care/">National Academy of Medicine’s Leadership Consortium</a> that convened experts and stakeholders across nine sectors of health, health care, and biomedical research to review how each sector responded to COVID-19, identify challenges encountered in combating the pandemic, and outline opportunities to reinforce, revitalize, and transform the health system.</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/2210-teen-drivers-often-unsafe-on-the-road-with"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/15,0,395,380/ignore_cropper/1/13590_MicrosoftTeams-image_31.rev.1667312193.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/2210-teen-drivers-often-unsafe-on-the-road-with">Teen Drivers Often Unsafe on the Road with Speeding and Handheld Cellphone Use</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in adolescents, and risky driving behaviors like speeding, rapid accelerations, and cellphone use can contribute to crashes. New research finds many teens struggle to abide by the rules of the road.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2086-forwarding-nurse-led-innovation"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/379,0,1478,1100/ignore_cropper/1/12222_leading_hero.rev.1641850535.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/379,0,1478,1100/ignore_cropper/1/12222_leading_hero.rev.1641850535.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/379,0,1478,1100/ignore_cropper/1/12222_leading_hero.rev.1641850535.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1099" data-max-h="1100"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2086-forwarding-nurse-led-innovation">Forwarding Nurse-Led Innovation</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">In order for nurses to lead in health and health care innovation, schools of nursing and nursing programs must think strategically about the knowledge and skills the next generation of nurses will need and then support those innovation needs at all levels of research, education, and practice.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2139-congratulations-to-the-class-of-2022"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1094,0,2099,1003/ignore_cropper/1/10709_Commencement_caps.rev.1587406266.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1094,0,2099,1003/ignore_cropper/1/10709_Commencement_caps.rev.1587406266.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1005" data-max-h="1003"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2139-congratulations-to-the-class-of-2022">Congratulations to the Class of 2022!</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Penn Nursing’s 2022 commencement is in the history books. It was the first in-person graduation held in two years! The graduates, their families, friends, and the Penn Nursing community, gathered at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on May 16, 2022. We celebrated their achievements, their studies, their work, their honors, and we welcomed them among the ranks of the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/alumni/">Penn Nursing Alumni</a>.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2212-thinking-beyond-the-hospital-for-black-men"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1358/ignore_cropper/1/13598_richmond-terry-neighborhood-injury-recovery-teaser.rev.1667844557.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1358/ignore_cropper/1/13598_richmond-terry-neighborhood-injury-recovery-teaser.rev.1667844557.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1358/ignore_cropper/1/13598_richmond-terry-neighborhood-injury-recovery-teaser.rev.1667844557.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2000" data-max-h="1358"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2212-thinking-beyond-the-hospital-for-black-men">Thinking ‘Beyond the Hospital’ for Black Men Recovering from Traumatic Injury</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Research from Penn Nursing and Penn Medicine found that where these patients live and return post-hospitalization affects whether they’ll experience symptoms of depression or PTSD as they heal.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2022-bellagio-center-residency-for-penn-nursing"><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/2022-bellagio-center-residency-for-penn-nursing">Bellagio Center Residency for Penn Nursing Professor</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/details/profiles.php?id=35">Penn Nursing</a>’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/details/profiles.php?id=35">Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN</a>, Nightingale Professor in Honor of Nursing Veterans, Professor of Nursing, and Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing Scholars Program, has been selected for <a href="https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/bellagio-center/residency-program/">The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Program</a>, a month-long residency in Bellagio, Italy. Her residency will take place in 2022.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2117-lead-as-a-social-determinant-of-child-and"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/242,49,760,567/ignore_cropper/1/9196_Jianghong_Liu_2016.rev.1559327209.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="518" data-max-h="518"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2117-lead-as-a-social-determinant-of-child-and">Lead As a Social Determinant of Child and Adolescent Physiological Stress and Behavior</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Lead is an environmental neurotoxicant that causes neurocognitive deficits and cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. It also disproportionately affects socially disadvantaged communities. The association between lead exposure and children’s IQ has been well studied, but few studies have examined the effects of blood lead on children’s physiological stress and behavior. Three <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing</a> (Penn Nursing) studies shed light on how lead can affect children and adolescents’ physiological stress and emotional/behavioral development.</div></article>

IN RESEARCH

  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2170-investing-in-patient-care-and-savings"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/ignore_cropper/1/13336_Male_patient_home_visit_iStock-1218253146.rev.1662042968.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/26/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/ignore_cropper/1/13336_Male_patient_home_visit_iStock-1218253146.rev.1662042968.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/26/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/ignore_cropper/1/13336_Male_patient_home_visit_iStock-1218253146.rev.1662042968.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2134"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/2170-investing-in-patient-care-and-savings">Investing In Patient Care and Savings</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Successful investment bankers have a nose for profitable innovation. In the case of Penn Nursing Board of Advisors member and Wharton alum John J. Rydzewski, he knew as soon as he heard Mary D. Naylor, PhD RN FAAN present early research findings for the Transitional Care Model (TCM) that it was potentially transformational. That led him to recently make a generous gift to Dr. Naylor’s work at Penn Nursing’s NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health.</p></div></article>