Master of Professional Nursing

Penn Nursing’s new Master of Professional Nursing (MPN) degree for non-nurses, and MPN/MSN option offer students with a bachelor’s degree in another field an accelerated path to a career in nursing.

About the Program

This accelerated entry-level nursing program, offered at the graduate level, prepares students to deliver a full array of health care services to meet the demands of patients and families with increasingly complex health needs. For an Advanced Practice Nursing Role, we also have a MPN-to-MSN program option.

All of Penn Nursing’s programs are accredited. To learn more about the accreditation and pass rates, please visit our Accreditation page.

Program Information


Program Length

15 months

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Program Details


MPN Program—an accelerated entry-to-practice nursing degree for non-nurses

The MPN program is an accelerated, 15-month full-time program for students with a non-nursing undergraduate degree who want to pursue a nursing degree and attain an RN license.

The four-semester plan of study sequentially builds robust skills in population health, health equity, interprofessional collaboration, care transitions, and systems thinking to advocate for better health care. The program leverages its rich academic partnerships with regional clinical sites to provide the experiential foundation required for nurses to play leading roles in delivering high quality and accessible care across varied settings and populations.

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MPN-to-MSN Program—for non-nurses interested in an advanced practice nursing role

Applicants to the MPN Program who know they are interested in an advanced practice nursing role as a Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Midwife, and who can confidently identify an area of specialization, may apply to our MPN/MSN Program. The MPN/MSN provides applicants with 11 MSN specialties to choose from. MSN program length is dependent on the specialty and any RN work requirement, if applicable. Learn more about our MSN program and specialties.


Minimum qualifications for the program

Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.


All courses must be completed at an accredited institution and have a grade of C or higher.

  • Introduction to General Chemistry with lab (4 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Microbiology with lab (4 credit hours)
  • Anatomy and Physiology with lab (8 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Nutrition (3 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • Life-Span Human Development (3 credit hours)


Experience in a healthcare field—be it through a volunteer position or work—is highly regarded.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2024 Enrollment

Priority Deadline: November 1, 2023

Latest Decision Notification: mid-January

Final Deadline: February 1, 2024

Latest Decision Notification: late-March

*Dates subject to change without notice.

Costs & Tuition

The average projected total costs of the 2024-2025 MPN program are as follows:

  • Tuition & Fees: $142,749
  • Estimated Personal Living Expenses: $50,641*
  • Estimated Total Cost of Attendance: $193,390

*Individual personal living expenses may vary. An estimated breakdown of personal living expenses is below.

Program Outcomes

Students leave the MPN program able to:

  • Lead and deliver high-quality, safe, cost effective, equitable, and collaborative team-based care;
  • Use equity-centered nursing interventions that promote population health;
  • Lead policy and advocacy initiatives for socially-just and ethically-responsible health care; and
  • Drive sustainable evidence-based practice and quality improvement solutions.

Through challenging simulations, comprehensive lectures by experts in the topic, and top clinical placements, Penn Nursing provides tools for the student nurse to think critically and work cohesively in a team-based, patient-centered approach that translates to quality nursing care.



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