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Accelerated Options

Fast-track into the nursing profession.

Students in our accelerated programs benefit from the same world-class faculty, research opportunities, clinical experiences, and general advantages a Penn Nursing education has to offer. These programs typically suit students with ambition to expedite their education in order to enter a chosen career path as soon as possible.

Program OptionsStudents in the Penn Nursing Sim Lab, 2011

The BSN Second Degree Program  is designed for students who already have a non-nursing baccalaureate degree. It allows students to capitalize on their completed education and frees them to focus completely on their nursing studies.

The Direct Entry BSN/MSN Program is for students who know from the start that they’d like to pursue a specific master’s specialty and are not planning to work between earning their BSN and MSN degrees.

Our Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation is designed for highly motivated students to move directly from our bachelor’s program into completing their PhD in Nursing.



Why Our Accelerated Program?

  • Why did I choose Penn Nursing’s Accelerated program? I was immediately enticed by the School’s state of the art simulation facilities , the opportunities for a global experience , and the draw for an intellectually engaging educational experience. I also wanted to be part of a school that believed in fostering interdisciplinary partnerships, as I appreciate the diversity of perspectives other disciplines would add to my nursing experience. Choosing Penn Nursing’s ABSN program was the most efficient path for me as it offered me a BSN within 1.5 years, and the flexibility to complete my Family Nurse Practitioner Program within 5 years time, which is critical in helping me develop my nursing expertise.

    –Christina Yee

  • Being a student in the Accelerated program has provided me with so many opportunities! I’m the leader of the Baby Transitions initiative under the Community Champions program, and had an opportunity to teach a Baby Basics class focusing on discharge and safe transitions home. While in the Accelerated program, I’ve also been able to provide breastfeeding education, and facilitate parent time, with a focus on developmental milestones for babies of parents in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. I’ve shadowed Certified Nurse Midwives who are current faculty members and alumni of the program. I was also a research assistant in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at Penn Nursing, assisting with various research projects on inequalities in healthcare. Lastly, I began working as a Women’s Health Clinical Research Assistant within the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Penn Medicine .  –Danielle Hounshell

Admissions contacts:

Filomena Circelli
Associate Director of Enrollment Management
Accelerated (Second Degree, BSN/MSN, RN Return) & Transfer Programs
(215) 573-3047

General Admissions Inquiries
(215) 898-4271