Nursing and Healthcare Administration

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.

US News and World Report #3 ranking

About the 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.

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

Program Information

Full-Time

Program Length

2 years

Financial aid available?

Yes

Start Semester

Fall

Learning Format

In-person *

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

Program Length

2 years

Financial aid available?

Yes

Start Semester

Year-round

Learning Format

In-person *

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

Program Details

Curriculum

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 including Health Informatics, Organizational Dynamics, and Quality Improvement and Safety Processes in Healthcare or a Health Care Innovation certificate. With other renowned Penn Schools, we also offer you the opportunity to combine an MSN with a Master’s in Healthcare Quality & Safety or with a 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).

Click the link below to view the curriculum for this program in the University catalog or download a sample plan of study.

View curriculum

Requirements

Minimum qualifications for the program

BSN degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Prerequisites

College level statistics course

Licensure

RN

Application Deadlines

Full-time Enrollment

Summer & Fall 2024 Start Deadline: February 1, 2024

Latest Decision Notification: early-March

Part-time Enrollment

Spring 2024 Start Deadline: February 1, 2024

Summer & Fall 2024 Start Deadline: March 15, 2024

Latest Decision Notification: late-April

*Dates subject to change without notice.

Costs & Tuition

Your program costs will depend on how many course units (CU) you take per semester.

Discount available for employees of our Academic Practice Partners. Click here to learn more.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of this advanced level of nursing education, Penn Nursing MSN graduates will:

  • Use scientific inquiry to translate evidence into practice and promote clinical scholarship
  • Perform advanced nursing skills for specialty and subspecialty nursing practice
  • Lead quality improvement and manage care delivery models across settings
  • Leverage strong networks to advance in professional role

“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.”

Events

 

February 28 | 6:00pm

Health Leadership and Administration Info Session

Penn Nursing is leading to healthier, more equitable future.

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