Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Recognized worldwide, Penn Nursing’s MSN programs offer valuable opportunities to concentrate in a specific field of nursing while expanding the depth and breadth of your knowledge.
All applicants must have completed a BSN at an accredited college or university and a statistics course. Generally speaking, competitive applicants have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their BSN program. Applicants who have completed their BSN program in the United States with a GPA of 3.2 or greater on a 4.0 scale are eligible to have the GRE requirement waived.
All students at Penn Nursing must fulfill our immunization requirements as well as CPR certification, drug screen and background checks, licensure requirements, and other program-specific qualifications.
Required RN experience
The following programs require RN experience:
- Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP — A minimum of 1 year RN experience in acute care setting at time of application.
- Neonatal NP — 2 years RN experience (post-orientation) in a level III NICU
Pediatric Acute NP, Acute/Chronic Care Concentration — A minimum of one year full-time experience in pediatric acute care after completion of orientation. Two or more years recommended
Pediatric Acute NP, Critical Care Concentration — A minimum of one year full-time experience in pediatric critical care after completion of orientation. Two or more years recommended
Pediatric Acute NP, Pediatric Oncology Concentration — A minimum of one year full-time experience in pediatric oncology after completion of orientation. Two or more years recommended
RN experience must be met prior to the start of the clinical sequence. In all programs except Nurse Anesthesia, non-clinical courses may be taken part-time while completing the required work experience. Program directors may suggest RN experience at their discretion.
Decisions for part-time applicants are processed on a rolling basis upon completion of admissions review. Full-time decisions vary by program with the majority of programs reviewing after posted deadlines.
You are welcome to apply for these programs if you are still enrolled in a BSN program, however your acceptance will be contingent upon the successful completion of your degree requirements and evidence of RN licensure.
Program start dates
The following programs begin in August for full-time students:
- Family NP
- Neonatal NP
- Pediatric Acute Care NP- Chronic Care Concentration
- Pediatric Acute Care NP- Critical Care Concentration
- Pediatric Acute Care NP- Pediatric Oncology Concentration
- Pediatric Primary Care NP
The following programs begin in May for full-time students:
- Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP
- Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP
- Nurse Midwifery*
- Psychiatric Mental Health NP
- Women’s Health / Gender-Related NP**
The Health Leadership and Nursing and Healthcare Administration programs can begin full- or part-time in the fall, spring, or summer. Part-time enrollment for all other programs may begin in the fall, spring, or summer.
*BSN students who graduate in May: please visit the Nurse-Midwifery page for full-time eligibility requirements with regard to RN licensure.
**BSN students who graduate in May: please visit the Women’s Health / Gender-Related page for full-time eligibility requirements with regard to licensure.