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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The field of nursing is broadly complex and rapidly evolving. Our MSN programs offer the opportunity to step to the forefront of the nursing profession and practice in a wide range of specialties.

Nurse Practitioner programs:

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Acute Care
Pediatric Primary Care 
Psychiatric-Mental Health 
Women’s Health/Gender-Related


Advanced Specialist programs:


Administration programs:

Health Leadership
Nursing and Healthcare Administration 


Why Our MSN Program?

  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><img width="250" height="250" alt="" data-decoration="true" src="/live/image/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,275,2133,2406/9615_Michelle_v2.rev.1564155972.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image9615 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,275,2133,2406/9615_Michelle_v2.rev.1564155972.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,275,2133,2406/9615_Michelle_v2.rev.1564155972.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2133" data-max-h="3200"/>I’ve had so many interdisciplinary experiences at Penn throughout the years. Most recently, I pursued a health care informatics minor which included course work with first-year Wharton BA’s at the Institute of Biomedical Informatics that’s housed in the Perelman School of Medicine. My classmates included post-docs, medical residents and fellows, informaticians, and current administrators from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Beyond this, school and work (for those who work part-time) are stressful enough and Penn Nursing faculty are constantly working in the background to identify supportive clinical placements and ensure that we are set-up to succeed. Even our p receptors are arranged, which has allowed me to simply focus on learning with the knowledge that they have been vetted by faculty and prior students. Most importantly, I’ve learned how to think critically, communicate, and collaborate with other medical colleagues to pursue the best interests of our patients.</p><p> –Michelle Lu, CRNP, MSN, RN<br/> Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><img width="250" height="250" alt="" data-decoration="true" src="/live/image/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,454,2133,2585/9617_Heather_web.rev.1564156108.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image9617 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,454,2133,2585/9617_Heather_web.rev.1564156108.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,454,2133,2585/9617_Heather_web.rev.1564156108.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2133" data-max-h="3200"/>I’m completing my third degree at Penn Nursing. I was an undergrad, then last year I graduated from the Pediatric Acute-Chronic NP Master’s program, and now I’m currently enrolled in the Healthcare Administration Program. Throughout both my undergraduate and graduate careers at Penn, I cannot emphasize enough how invested the professors have been in my success. Not to mention the numerous elective classes and opportunities to take classes outside the School of Nursing; in fact, this is how I became interested in the Healthcare Administration Program. Penn makes each and every opportunity available to you. It is a beautiful campus full of motivated people who are all uniquely talented. Penn and nursing go hand-in-hand: both are challenging, rewarding, and allow you to become a life long learner. I wouldn’t trade my Penn experience for the world. Go Quakers!</p><p> –Heather Bong, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC<br/> Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Chronic Care Concentration;<br/> Nursing and Healthcare Administration</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><img width="250" height="250" alt="" data-decoration="true" src="/live/image/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,473,2133,2604/9616_Brianna_web.rev.1564156068.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image9616 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,473,2133,2604/9616_Brianna_web.rev.1564156068.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,473,2133,2604/9616_Brianna_web.rev.1564156068.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2133" data-max-h="3200"/>I originally came to Penn Nursing for my BSN as a first generation, low-income student from a small New Jersey town, raised by a single mother. An Ivy League education seemed like a far-reaching dream, but I was warmly welcomed and my eyes were opened to the endless possibilities afforded through a career in nursing. While at Penn, I was a peer tutor, an admin assistant at Student Financial Services, and actively involved in Community Champions and Dance for Health. I fell in love with Penn and community nursing as an undergrad, so I applied to sub-matriculate into the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. I was a recipient of the Advanced Nurses Educating Workforce Scholarship through HRSA, which provided additional education and training in the social determinants of health for future nurse practitioners in primary care. My time at Penn Nursing has given me knowledge, opportunity, and a voice I could have never imagined possible.</p><p> –Brianna Garcia, MSN, AGNP-C<br/> Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner</p></div>

Learn from the best

The research, practice, and educational opportunities you’ll find at Penn Nursing are unparalleled. Our renowned faculty and their diverse interests, combined with our deep connection to the broader Philadelphia community and its world-class medical facilities, provide you with the experiences and skills to lead and excel no matter your chosen path.

Undergrad Nursing, 2011The Penn advantage

In addition to formal opportunities to undertake dual degrees with other Penn schools, you’ll find faculty across the University are highly collaborative and willing to advise and mentor students pursuing scholarship and research in their area of expertise. We also take care of matching you with a preceptor, vetting locations, and finding the best clinical placement fits for you.

Industry leaders

At Penn Nursing, we know we’re training future leaders. Our graduates go on to coveted positions in the best hospitals and clinics throughout the world. They are sought after by employers and often offered positions before graduation. They effect positive change in their own work environments and shape healthcare policy both here and abroad. And our strong network of alumni support student learning as well as career ambitions. 

MSN Minors

Designed to supplement and enrich our MSN programs, we offer multiple minors for those who want to more deeply engage with their chosen field.

How to apply

For details on our application process, see the Admissions section.