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Accelerated Direct Entry BSN-MSN Admissions

The Direct Entry BSN-MSN program is for students who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field, and are interested in becoming an advanced practice nurse (Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife) by completing both the BSN and MSN degree programs at Penn.

Please note: The application deadline is October 15th for entry in June 2020, and the application will be available on July 1st, 2019. Applicants will be notified of our decision in early February.


Admission requirements

A complete application package consists of the following: 

  • Completed online application: you may only apply to one accelerated program option, BSN Second Degree, BSN-MSN, or BSN-PhD
  • Personal statement: you will be given the question once you start the application process
  • Two letters of recommendation: one of which must be academic; we urge you to choose recommenders who know you well enough to speak confidently as to your abilities and chances of success in this rigorous program; these must be submitted online, without exception, through the online application
  • 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
  • Official GRE scores:  GRE scores are required for the BSN/MSN option.

    An exemption waiver from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirement is available for applicants to our BSN/MSN program who meet the following criteria:

    • Graduate of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States or Canada with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above on a 4.0 scale
      • If you are currently completing your bachelor’s degree and your GPA at time of application is a 3.2 or above on a 4.0 scale, the GRE is waived.
        OR
    • Applicants with a master’s degree in a discipline other than nursing, with a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
    • Eligibility for the waiver is based on your cumulative BSN GPA, which we will not recalculate.

 Submit scores to Institution Code 2911

  • Video Interview: Question Prompts will be available once your start the application process                                                

Additional qualifications

A GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred. Experience in a healthcare field—be it through a volunteer position or work—is also highly regarded.

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.

International applicants

In addition to all required application materials listed above, you must submit the following:

  • Transcript Evaluation: Applicants with international degrees and/or coursework must have their educational credentials evaluated, course-by-course, using a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
  • Results from the TOEFL or the academic IELTS taken within the last two (2) years for all non-native English speakers. A minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL is required. The expected breakdown is as follows: Reading 26; Listening 26; Speaking 23 (26 is preferred); Writing 25. For the IELTS, a minimum combined score of 7.0 is required, with each subsection having scores of at least 7.0. Submit scores to Institution Code 2911                                                                                                                                                                                                              *Exemptions: Applicants who received a BSN or MSN degree in the United States or Canada OR your undergraduate degree was conducted in English are exempt from this requirement.

We encourage you to contact Penn’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) for information on everything from immigration paperwork to the various resources Penn provides international students.​ ​ 

Applying while still in another bachelor’s program

If you are currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program, and want to start one of our accelerated programs, you may  apply for admission. However, our decision and your ability to matriculate will depend on the successful completion of your bachelor’s degree. Since all prerequisite courses must be completed before you can start the program in June, it is recommended that current students complete their degree by May 31st.  Prerequisite courses maybe completed online.

You may also apply to the program while you work on your prerequisites; however, they must be completed before you can begin your studies with us.