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Accelerated Nursing Programs

If you already have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and/or have an RN license through an AD or diploma program, you have the option to apply to our BSN Second Degree,  Direct Entry BSN-MSN/DNP, or BSN-PhD accelerated program.

Penn Nursing Students come to us from across the country and the world. They bring a wealth of ex...Penn Nursing Students come to us from across the country and the world. They bring a wealth of experience to their studies and enrich our community.Accelerated students complete their BSN degree in 18 months and can choose from a multitude of options—we offer 11 master’s specialties, as well as dual degrees in public health, bioethics, and business administration. Students may also decide to enter the workforce as an RN and complete one of our many MSN specialties on a part-time basis.  Penn Nursing students are equipped with the expertise that leads them to exciting career opportunities both at home and abroad.






Why Our Accelerated 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/0,55,560,614/9600_Abigail_Shiroff.rev.1564000163.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image9600 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,55,560,614/9600_Abigail_Shiroff.rev.1564000163.jpg 2x" data-max-w="560" data-max-h="840"/>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. One of my favorite experiences since I’ve been here was taking part in the iLEAPP program with the Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine and the University of the Sciences pharmacy school. We followed a patient for a year and half and saw the medical system from their perspective. I loved it—getting to know what my peers in medical and pharmacy school learn and where they are coming from in their educations has really helped my relationships in the clinical setting.</p><p> – Abigail Shiroff</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/0,217,2133,2348/9549_Penn_Nursing_ad-65.rev.1561406069.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image9549 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,217,2133,2348/9549_Penn_Nursing_ad-65.rev.1561406069.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,217,2133,2348/9549_Penn_Nursing_ad-65.rev.1561406069.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2133" data-max-h="3200"/>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 <a href="/community-champions/">Community Champions</a> 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 <a href="/chopr/">Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research</a> 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 <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Penn Medicine</a>. </p><p> –Danielle Hounshell</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/0,33,560,593/9601_Azucena_Villalobos.rev.1564000194.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image9601 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,33,560,593/9601_Azucena_Villalobos.rev.1564000194.jpg 2x" data-max-w="560" data-max-h="840"/>As a daughter of Mexican immigrants, I was exposed firsthand to the social factors – such as language barriers and lack of education, insurance, and access to care – that disproportionately affect the health and wellbeing of underprivileged communities. As a nurse, I will work to close these gaps. Healthcare is about more than just treating illnesses, and it was important to me to attend a school that would provide me with the knowledge and tools necessary to address the array of issues affecting patients and communities. I chose Penn Nursing due to the value this institution places on community engagement and social justice. It has challenged me to think critically and outside the box, and I’ve had the pleasure of learning not only from my instructors, but also from my cohort—everyone brings a multitude of experiences, ideas, and backgrounds. It has been an incredible journey!</p><p> – Azucena Villalobos</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/0,25,560,584/9603_Kimberly_Abbey.rev.1564000194.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image9603 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,25,560,584/9603_Kimberly_Abbey.rev.1564000194.jpg 2x" data-max-w="560" data-max-h="840"/>As a person of color, I have a passion for health promotion and disease prevention while acknowledging the disparities among populations that are most disadvantaged. In my career as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, I’ll be a provider that listens, supports, and collaborates with women during the most pivotal times throughout their life. I chose Penn Nursing because of the responsibility that accompanies that role. I wanted to ensure that I was being trained by leaders within the field and that I would be joining a community where I would always be supported. Penn Nursing has been all of that for me. It is an institution that provides access to an abundance of resources, has faculty that are all currently in practice, and is driven by evidence-based research, and I’m confident that it has prepared me well for the real world.</p><p> – Kimberly Abbey</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p class="lwitem32"><img width="250" height="250" alt="" data-decoration="true" src="/live/image/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,1068,2133,3200/9551_Penn_Nursing_ad-185.rev.1561406069.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image9551 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,1068,2133,3200/9551_Penn_Nursing_ad-185.rev.1561406069.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,1068,2133,3200/9551_Penn_Nursing_ad-185.rev.1561406069.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2133" data-max-h="3200"/>Why did I choose the BSN Second Degree program at Penn Nursing? From an early age, I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to caring for others. When I discovered more about nursing as a profession and career, I felt that I had found my calling. The way nurses are taught to consider the patient in the context of their environment, and to recognize the importance of both physical and emotional well-being, resonated with me more than the medical model of care. My passion for primary care also aligned with the nursing profession, especially with the developing role of the nurse practitioner. My career goals center around helping children grow into their healthiest selves with whatever cards life deals them. Complementing this mindset is my passion for developmental pediatrics and working with children with developmental differences. I hope to continue to advance the role of nurse practitioners in primary care settings and specifically in developmental <a href="/pediatric/pediatric-primary-care-nurse-practitioner/">pediatrics</a>. </p><p class="lwitem32"> –Jessica Rose</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/0,646,2133,2777/9550_Penn_Nursing_ad-166.rev.1561406069.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image9550 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,646,2133,2777/9550_Penn_Nursing_ad-166.rev.1561406069.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,646,2133,2777/9550_Penn_Nursing_ad-166.rev.1561406069.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2133" data-max-h="3200"/>Why did I choose Penn Nursing’s Accelerated program? I was immediately enticed by the School’s state of the art <a href="/academics/a-penn-nursing-education/learning-through-simulation/">simulation facilities</a>, the opportunities for a <a href="/global-health/student-opportunities/">global experience</a>, 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 <a href="/family/">Family Nurse Practitioner Program</a> within 5 years time, which is critical in helping me develop my nursing expertise.</p><p> –Christina Yee</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/0,105,560,665/9602_David_Norris.rev.1564000194.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image9602 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,105,560,665/9602_David_Norris.rev.1564000194.jpg 2x" data-max-w="560" data-max-h="840"/>Penn Nursing offers Returned Peace Corps Volunteers an opportunity to apply for the Coverdell Fellowship, which has allowed me to share and reflect upon my experiences from my host country of Ethiopia. Aside from this, the school offers state-of-the-art simulation experiences, intimate clinical rotations, and global opportunities. As students here, we refine our skills and think innovatively before we even get our first job as a nurse…and if we want to transition into the advanced practice programs, the process is really easy. In my career as a nurse, I hope to incorporate my background in exercise science and global public health into my everyday patient care, ultimately practicing as a CRNA in underserved populations across the US and internationally.</p><p> – David Norris</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/0,640,2133,2771/9548_Penn_Nursing_ad-61.rev.1561405996.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image9548 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,640,2133,2771/9548_Penn_Nursing_ad-61.rev.1561405996.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,640,2133,2771/9548_Penn_Nursing_ad-61.rev.1561405996.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2133" data-max-h="3200"/>I first learned about Penn Nursing through a recruiting event at UC Berkeley where I attended undergrad. I talked to Penn Nursing students and alumni in both CA and the Northeast to garner multiple honest perspectives. What persuaded me to attend the University of Pennsylvania was the general consensus that Penn Nursing is a top-tier program, fostering curiosity and innovation. It was necessary for me to attend a second degree BSN to MSN program that would provide more than just a basic foundation to nursing practice. Through challenging <a href="/academics/a-penn-nursing-education/learning-through-simulation/">simulations</a>, comprehensive lectures by experts in the topic, and <a href="/practice/practice-partners/">top clinical placements</a>, Penn Nursing provides tools for the student nurse to think critically and work cohesively in a team-based, patient-centered approach that translates to quality nursing care. Initially, choosing nursing and Penn Nursing was one of the most terrifying decisions I’ve had to make, but also one of the most exhilarating. It has become one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life thus far. </p><p> –Julie Truong</p></div>

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