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.

Above & Beyond: Women Award for Penn Nursing Dean

Penn Nursing Dean Antonia M. Villarruel was recently honored with a 2024 Above & Beyond: Women Award from City & State: Pennsylvania. The award celebrates influential women in Pennsylvania who demonstrate exemplary leadership in their respective fields, making significant contributions to society in business, public service, media, nonprofit, and organized labor.

April 08, 2024

Villarruel was honored with this designation because she has had a career of firsts. She was the first Latina dean at an Ivy League nursing school, Penn Nursing, where she has led for nearly a decade. Villarruel was also the first (and to date, the only) Latina nurse inducted into the National Academy of Medicine. She was the first generation in her Detroit Mexican American family to go to college. Now she is part of the first generation of American nurses to earn a PhD, reaching the top echelon of academia with her groundbreaking research on sexual health.

At Penn Nursing, Villarruel was the first dean to secure her own National Institutes of Health research funding. Her cross-cultural investigations of sexual health, which she began as a graduate student at Penn, led to an intervention program used as a national model.

“I’m proud of being able not only to do that research, but also disseminate it in vulnerable communities,” said Villarruel, who directs the WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. She received her award in late March at the annual City & State Pennsylvania Above & Beyond Awards Gala at the Fitler Club in Center City, Philadelphia.

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