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Accelerated BSN-PhD Admissions

The Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation is a BSN-to-PhD program that is open to incoming accelerated BSN students and current BSN students in their sophomore or junior year of study. 

Thank you for your interest in the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania!

Please note that each group of applicants has a different application process and timeline, see below for instructions on how to apply.

For incoming accelerated BSN students

A complete application package consists of the following: 

  1. Completed online application : you may only apply to one accelerated program option, BSN Second Degree , BSN-MSN , or BSN-PhD
  2. Two essays: to be uploaded as part of your online application
  3. Letters of recommendation: one recommendation must be from an individual who can speak to your academic skill; you will want to choose recommenders carefully, the more knowledgeably they can speak to your abilities and chances of success in our program, the better. All recommendations must be submitted online, without exception, through the online application.
  4. Transcripts: Unofficial copies of all of your post-secondary transcripts, including transcripts for any classes you might have taken at a community college or while studying abroad must be uploaded for review purposes.

    • Official transcripts are only required if offered admission and can be sent electronically (from the issuing institution) or sent via postal-mail (addresses listed below) .  Note: mailed transcripts can take up to six weeks to arrive at the School of Nursing after the initial request.
  5. Official GRE scores: completed within the last five (5) years; GREs must be taken before November 1st (submit scores to Institution Code 2911).
  6. Interviews: our Program Coordinator will contact you if you are chosen for an interview. Interviews will be with a faculty selection committee.

The deadline to apply for the 2020 program is October 15, 2019. Application will be available July 1st.

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For current 4-year traditional BSN students and accelerated BSN students

A complete application package consists of the following: 

  1. Completed online application : the NURSING HILLMAN SCHOLAR, PHD application
  2. PhD essay : to be  uploaded as part of your online application
  3. Three letters of recommendation: we require one letter speaking to your academic ability and suggest a member of the faculty; one from an academic advisor; and one from an individual who knows you in a professional capacity. All recommendations must be submitted online, without exception, through the online application.
  4. Official GRE scores:  due by January 15, 2019; selection decisions will not be made until we have your official score report (submit scores to Institution Code 2911).
  5. Interviews: our Program Coordinator will contact you if you are chosen for an interview. Interviews will be with a faculty selection committee.

The deadline to apply for the fall of 2020 is January 3, 2020.

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Mailing address

Application materials not submitted electronically can be sent to: 

ATTN: Accelerated Nursing Programs
Office of Enrollment Management
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Claire M Fagin Hall, Suite M-5
Philadelphia PA 19104-4217

Electronic transcripts should be sent to admissions@nursing.upenn.edu .