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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?

  • 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

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