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Nursing and Healthcare Administration

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Drawing on the combined strengths of the top ranked School of Nursing, Wharton School of Business, and the Organizational Dynamics Program at Penn, this top-ranked program gives you an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the very best in the field.

Program modality

Although this program is in-person, to accommodate the busy schedules of our students some courses will be offered in an online or hybrid format.

Our Program

We know our students have wide ranging interests regarding the kind of administrative or leadership fields they would like to pursue, so we tailor your educational plan to best suit your career goals. In addition to coursework in leadership development, research, and systems thinking, our curriculum includes content in financial management, strategic planning, quality improvement and patient safety, human resources management, informatics and health policy. Our coursework is offered in a combination of in-person, online and executive style formats with multiple opportunities for interprofessional learning.

Why Our Nursing and Healthcare Administration Program?

  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><img width="250" height="250" alt="" data-decoration="true" src="/live/image/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,454,2133,2585/9617_Heather_web.rev.1564156108.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image9617 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,454,2133,2585/9617_Heather_web.rev.1564156108.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,454,2133,2585/9617_Heather_web.rev.1564156108.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2133" data-max-h="2131"/>I graduated from Penn’s undergraduate nursing program and then completed both the Pediatric Acute-Chronic NP Master’s and Nursing and Healthcare Administration Programs. Throughout both my undergraduate and graduate careers at Penn, I cannot emphasize enough how invested the professors have been in my success. Not to mention the numerous elective classes and opportunities to take classes outside the School of Nursing; in fact, this is how I became interested in the Healthcare Administration Program. Penn makes each and every opportunity available to you. It is a beautiful campus full of motivated people who are all uniquely talented. Penn and nursing go hand-in-hand: both are challenging, rewarding, and allow you to become a life-long learner. I wouldn’t trade my Penn experience for the world. Go Quakers!</p><p> –Heather Bong, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC<br/> Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Chronic Care Concentration;<br/> Nursing and Healthcare Administration</p></div>


Our curriculum consists of ten courses in nursing and healthcare administration, one nursing leadership elective, and three electives which can be taken in either Organizational Dynamics,Health Law, Health Care Innovation, Healthcare Quality Improvement and Safety or at the Wharton Business School.

Many students in our program complete a variety of minors includingHealth Informatics, Organizational Dynamics, and Quality Improvement and Safety Processes in Healthcare or a Health Care Innovation certificateWith other renowned Penn Schools, we also offer you the opportunity to combine an MSN with a Master’s in Healthcare Quality & Safety or with Master’s in Law.

At the end of your program, you will complete an administrative practicum providing you with an immersive experience with a nurse leader or consultant in your area of interest. Previous practicum sites have included Penn Medicine, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Study Options

Part- and full-time plans of study are available. Program faculty will collaborate with you to design a plan of study conducive to your scheduling needs.