Master of Science in Nursing

Graduates from the MSN program at Penn Nursing are prepared to creatively combine knowledge and skills, with special attention given to clinical decision-making and management.

Nurse Practitioner Programs

Acute Care APRN

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Primary Care APRN

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

Advanced Specialist Program


*Eligible for the Leonard A. Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Program Fellowship, which offers a free Penn education to budding NPs who are committed to working in underserved communities after graduation.

Leadership Program

Nursing and Healthcare Leadership (starting in 2025, this online program combines and enhances the curriculum of the Nursing and Healthcare Administration and Health Leadership programs)


Designed for highly motivated nursing students who possess a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and who want to pursue an advanced practice MSN degree in conjunction with our PhD program. Learn more about the MSN-to-PhD program.

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.

All of Penn Nursing’s programs are accredited. To learn more about the accreditation and pass rates, please visit our Accreditation page.



July 23 | 4:00pm

MSN Programs Info Session


July 24 | 6:00pm

Master of Professional Nursing Info Session


July 30 | 7:00pm

Leonard A. Lauder Community Care NP Program Info Session


August 14 | 7:00pm

Leonard A. Lauder Community Care NP Program Info Session


August 15 | 2:00pm

Nursing & Healthcare Leadership Info Session


August 27 | 8:00pm

Streamlined Adult-Gerontology APRN Info Session

Program Outcomes

7:00 a.m. - Nursing staff grab coffee as they head to their shifts in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. At the completion of this advanced level of nursing education, Penn Nursing MSN graduates will:

  • Use scientific inquiry to translate evidence into practice and promote clinical scholarship
  • Perform advanced nursing skills for specialty and subspecialty nursing practice
  • Lead quality improvement and manage care delivery models across settings
  • Leverage strong networks to advance in professional role

These overarching outcomes for all MSN program/tracks reflect the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials.

A MSN advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) will integrate theoretical and clinical expertise to demonstrate mastery of specific population focused student learning outcomes. The student learning outcomes specific to advanced nursing education for practice specialties include:

  1. Formulating plans of care for population-specific diagnoses.
  2. Delivering educational and therapeutic interventions using advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and genetics.

While program curricula prepare students to sit for national certification within their role and population area, APRN graduates may be required to complete additional state specific requirements before being permitted to practice.

Other Student Related Outcomes

A minimum of 12 course units are required for most of our MSN programs. Depending on the program, full-time students will take between one and three full calendar years to complete their course of study. A maximum of five (5) calendar years, beginning with the initial graduate course following matriculation, is allowed for completion of the work for the MSN degree.

“The school offers state-of-the-art simulation experiences, intimate clinical rotations, and global opportunities.”


Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions Inquiries

(215) 989-4271