A world-class city filled with art and culture and an incredible campus that offers cutting edge resources–that’s what students receive at Penn Nursing. And that’s just the start. Penn Nursing and the wider university offer something for everyone, as well as a lifelong community.
Penn Nursing is globally known for educating dynamic nurses—because our School values evidence-based science and health equity. That’s where our expertise lies, whether in research, practice, community health, or beyond. Everything we do upholds a through-line of innovation, encouraging our exceptional students, alumni, and faculty share their knowledge and skills to reshape health care.
Penn Nursing students are bold and unafraid, ready to embrace any challenge that comes their way. Whether you are exploring a career in nursing or interested in advancing your nursing career, a Penn Nursing education will help you meet your goals and become an innovative leader, prepared to change the face of health and wellness.
Penn Nursing is the #1-ranked nursing school in the world. Its highly-ranked programs help develop highly-skilled leaders in health care who are prepared to work alongside communities to tackle issues of health equity and social justice to improve health and wellness for everyone.
Penn Nursing’s rigorous academic curricula are taught by world renowned experts, ensuring that students at every level receive an exceptional Ivy League education. From augmented reality classrooms and clinical simulations to coursework that includes experiential global travel to clinical placements in top notch facilities, a Penn Nursing education prepares our graduates to lead.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
As the top nursing school in the world, we are dedicated to developing the next generation of experts and leaders in our field and rely on a rigorous application process to select those who we believe are best qualified to become a Penn nurse.
We offer combined programs, integrating our specialized nursing education with the strong liberal arts curriculum and the specialties of other renowned Penn schools (Wharton, Annenberg, Engineering & Applied Science, and Arts & Sciences). We also encourage our students to consider a minor, dual degree, and submatriculation options like pre-acceptance into one of our Master’s programs or toward a degree from Penn Law School or Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM).
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.
All of Penn Nursing’s programs are accredited. To learn more about the accreditation and pass rates, please visit our Accreditation page.
Do you already have a bachelor’s degree in another field?
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.
Click the link below to view the curriculum and plans of study for this program in the University catalog.
Please note: The above student budgets includes all standard undergraduate charges but does not include nursing clinical fees, nursing simulation lab fees or the cost of University Health Insurance. You are eligible to submit a Budget Increase Request through Student Financial Services to have your financial aid packages adjusted.
Full refund of tuition and fees is automatic only during the first two full weeks of the fall and spring terms - up to the end of the course selection period as determined on the university academic calendar. Fifty percent of tuition and fees is refunded for courses dropped during weeks three and four and must be requested through the Assistant Dean of Admissions and Academic Affairs. No refunds are given after week four. Please note that this policy pertains only to courses taken during the fall and spring semesters. Summer courses operate on a different refund schedule. Please also see the University’s Return of Funds Policy.
Applying to Penn
High School Students and First time Bachelor’s Applicants
“The school offers state-of-the-art simulation experiences, intimate clinical rotations, and global opportunities. As students here, we refine our skills and think innovatively before we even get our first job as a nurse…and if we want to transition into the advanced practice programs, the process is really easy.”
Penn Nursing can answer questions related to specifics to nursing, admissions deadlines, and prerequisites. However, we are not involved in the uploading and processing of transfer applications. You can send any questions regarding the application process to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Penn.
The School of Nursing can answer questions specific to nursing and/or admissions deadlines and prerequisites. However, we are not involved in the uploading and processing of transfer applications. You can send any questions regarding the application process to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Penn.
This will largely depend on whether the courses you’ve taken previously can count as credit towards the BSN. This cannot be determined until after you are admitted. If admitted, a plan of study will be drafted for you regarding the remaining curriculum you will need to finish. Generally, students take about 3 years to finish the traditional BSN as a transfer student.