School of Nursing – Fall 2021 Education Plans
This note is a follow-up to the message of 3/16/21 from the President and Provost regarding expectations to return to in-person teaching, research, and residential environment for the fall of 2021. The return to Penn’s campus and Fagin Hall assumes a widespread distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and continued safeguards that will allow a safe return.
As we look towards fall semester preparations, we share below some guidelines (also attached) so that faculty, students, and School can begin to make plans and align resources.
General Guidelines across Programs
- Clinical training will continue in-person at clinical partner agencies according to all State, City, and University health guidelines. All students will be required to review, sign, and comply with the Penn Nursing Student Clinical Compact that outlines requirements of the student, school/University, and the clinical training site to ensure safe clinical training.
- The preparation and offering of most courses will be dependent on class size.
- A course may use both in-person and virtual learning strategies based on what facilitates student learning (as opposed to teaching preference).
- Components of a course can be offered as either in-person or as virtual learning. Given current limitations, a component of a class cannot be simultaneously delivered as both video and in-person.
- Decisions about in-person or virtual learning should be based on what facilitates student-learning (versus teaching preference) and relevant pedagogy.
- Discussions with Department Chairs, Vice-Chairs, and Program/Track Directors should be initiated at the earliest possible time to assure effective planning.
- Approval for the type of course delivery must be approved by the Department Chair prior to scheduling/discussions with the Office of Academic Affairs by April 5th.
In addition to these general guidelines, we include additional considerations and requirements specific to each program:
- Courses with an enrollment of less than 30 students will be taught in person.
- Courses with an enrollment of 30 or more will be expected to follow the guidelines:
- Lecture: All lecture content for all courses, regardless of class size, will be prepared for and offered in virtual format using SON-available platforms, e.g., Canvas, BlueJeans, Zoom.
- Recitation: Content will be delivered in person.
- Simulation: Content will be delivered in person.
MSN and DNP-NA
- For courses with an enrollment of less than 30, course content may be delivered in person or virtually.
- Courses should be designed with the needs and preferences of the learner (e.g. if a virtual learning format could decrease students’ commuting challenges, allow for greater participation among those who are geographically bound and/or those who are working).
- Engagement of students in decision-making for courses is strongly encouraged.
- Clinical training will continue in-person at clinical partner agencies according to all State, City, and University health guidelines (see #1 above).
- DNP-NA students will conduct their DNP projects in-person at healthcare facilities and agencies as available. Faculty and Site Leads for DNP Projects will use both in-person and virtual platforms for project mentoring.
- Faculty advising will occur both in-person and via virtual platforms.
- Finalization of course format should be discussed with the Program/Track Directors and approved by the Department Chair/Vice-Chairs.
Post-Masters DNP and Post Graduate APRN Certificate—Streamlined Program
- These are fully online programs; all courses are provided in an online format in Canvas.
- DNP projects will continue in-person or virtually at healthcare facilities and agencies planned and available.
- Faculty and Site Leads for DNP Projects will continue to use virtual platforms for project mentorship.
- Faculty advising will continue to occur via virtual platforms.
- PhD courses are expected to be conducted in-person. Considerations of conducting courses in a virtual format should be approved by the Department Chairs.
- Research practicums and data collection activities by PhD students must comply with the Penn Nursing Resumption Plans. New plans and plans increasing scope of activity must be approved prior to any changes in your in-person activities.
Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing
Julie Sochalski, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Academic Programs
José A. Bauermeister, PhD, MPH
Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations
Chair, Department of Family & Community Health
Nancy A. Hodgson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Anthony Buividas Term Chair in Gerontology, Professor of Nursing
Chair, Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences