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 Track

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

Primary Care APRN Track

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 Programs


Administration Programs

Health Leadership
Nursing and Healthcare Administration

*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.


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.



May 22 | 6:00pm

Spring 2024 Graduate Programs Info Session


June 14 | 12:00pm

Spring 2024 Graduate Programs 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.

“I describe my time at Penn as drinking from a fire hydrant. With access to such a large hospital system as well as so many experts at our fingertips, plus the various clinical experiences and skills that we get to apply to diverse clinical populations, there really is no end to what you can learn.”


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