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PhD and DNP

Recognized worldwide for excellence in research, education, practice, and policy, Penn Nursing’s DNP and PhD programs prepare nurses to be leaders in innovative-practice and research-intensive environments.

Our DNP programs

Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (PM-DNP)

Our Post-Masters Doctor of Nursing Practice is for all advanced practice nurse specialties who will practice at the most advance level of nursing.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice for Nurse Anesthetists (DNP-NA)

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice for Nurse Anesthetists (DNP-NA) is the first of its kind to be offered by an Ivy League university and replaces our 24-month nurse anesthesia master’s degree program.

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Our PhD programs

Full-time PhD candidates generally complete their work and successfully defend their thesis after four Megan Streur (left) and her dissertation chair Dr. Barbara Riegel (right), 2016Megan Streur (left) and her dissertation chair Dr. Barbara Riegel (right), 2016years with us, and are given full financial assistance—including tuition, fees, insurance, and stipend—for their first three years in the program.  Though you have the option to study part-time, we do not offer funding to part-time PhD students.

Application deadlines for our PhD programs are November 1 or December 1, depending on program. 

PhD

If you have a BSN, MSN, or an MS in a related field, you may apply directly into our PhD program.

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BSN-PhD (Hillman Scholars)

Our Hillman Scholars for Innovation program is for highly motivated undergraduates and covers the entire educational trajectory from a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing straight through to a doctorate.

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MSN-PhD

Apply for this program if you’ve completed your undergraduate degree and are seeking both a Masters of Science in Nursing and a PhD.

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