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Traditional Four Year BSN

Penn Nursing combines the resources and opportunities of a large university with the intimacy and personal attention of a small college. Our traditional four-year BSN is a direct-entry program for graduating high school seniors.

At Penn Nursing you will learn from a passionate faculty whose accomplishments are recognized worldwide.  You will benefit from the academic opportunities of an Ivy League university while enjoying a fun and fulfilling campus life.  You will gain clinical experience in some of the nation’s top hospitals, located just steps from your classrooms.  And you will have the chance to participate in faculty driven research, supported by state-of-the-art technology.  Penn Nursing graduates are the leaders who are shaping the future of health care practice, policy, research, and education.

The nursing program begins in your freshman year with a combination of science courses, nursing courses and liberal arts courses, and students are encouraged to take advantage of our flexible curriculum and take courses offered within Penn’s four undergraduate schools. Clinicals begin in the spring of your sophomore year, and students will have experiences in primary care, acute care, women’s health, and mental health settings working with patients from newborns to older adults. 

Application Requirements

High school students apply for our undergraduate degree through the University’s central admissions office. For a full list of requirements, deadlines, and optional supplemental materials, please visit Penn’s Undergraduate Checklists and Deadlines.

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Individualized visits are available to high school seniors.  This provides an opportunity to meet with our associate director of enrollment management, Marianne Smith. Visiting applicants can also have lunch with an undergraduate nursing student and attend the Penn Admissions Information Session and campus tour.

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Science Advisory: Advocating for Developmental Care for Infants With Complex Congenital Heart Disease

Developmental disorders, disabilities, and delays are common outcomes for infants with complex congenital heart disease. Targeting early factors influencing these conditions after birth and during neonatal hospitalization for cardiac surgery remains a critical need. However, significant gaps remain in understanding the best practices to improve neurodevelopmental and psychosocial outcomes for these infants.

Study Shows Missed Nursing Care is a Key Factor in Adverse Outcomes for Very Low Birthweight Infants

Sometimes hospital staff nurses cannot provide required care due to time constraints. This reality can contribute to potentially dire outcomes for very low birthweight (VLBW) infants, who weigh less than 3.3 lbs. at birth. These newborns depend on the nurse for survival. Missed nursing care is likely clinically relevant to whether VLBW infants develop an infection, develop a brain hemorrhage, or even die. Given post-pandemic staffing shortages and the increased burden placed on nurses, routine measurement of missed care and managerial efforts to prevent it could be vital to improving the health and life course of VLBW infants.

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