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Academic Advising

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Penn Nursing students benefit from a dual advising structure.  All students are assigned a faculty advisor and have access to the professional staff advisors in the Office of Student Services.


All academic advising through the Office of Academic Affairs will be conducted online. Walk-in academic advising hours have been canceled for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Students are always welcome to contact an advisor in the Office of Academic Affairs and should email to discuss a question or schedule a phone or Blue Jeans appointment. Appointments will only be scheduled by contacting

Professional Staff Advisors in Suite M-18

Professional Staff Advisors are available by appointment or during walk-in hours within the Office of Student Services (Fagin Hall, Suite M-18).  Staff Advisors serve as a secondary resource assisting with questions regarding plans of study, unique academic options and connecting students to University support resources.

While all of our advisors are available on walk in hours and by appointment, certain advisors have different areas of specialization.  You may be referred to these advisors during your appointment and can reach out to them directly with questions.

Faculty Advisors

Faculty Advisors serve as the student’s primary advisor for questions about the nursing profession, course selection and career pathways.  Students must meet with their Faculty Advisor at least once per semester to receive sign-off in order to participate in the advance registration process.

Peer Advisors

Incoming BSN and Doctoral Students are assigned a Peer Advisor during the summer prior to arrival.  Peer Advisors are knowledgeable upperclassman student leaders who assist new students with the transition to Penn and the School of Nursing.

Incoming Traditional BSN students should expect to hear from their peer advisor the summer before their fall start at Penn.

Accelerated BSN Students should expect to hear from their peer advisor in April before the start of their initial summer session.

Doctoral students will receive the name of their peer advisor in their welcome letter.