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Academic Opportunities

Make it your own. Penn Nursing offers a wide variety of supplemental academic opportunities designed to enhance your academic experience and professional development.

Learn more about each of these unique options below. Our highly knowledgeable academic advisors are also available to discuss how to best integrate one or more of these opportunities with your program requirements.

Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program - Nursing

The Benjamin Franklin Scholars (BFS) Program for Nursing seeks to foster the development of the next generation of nurse achievers - scholars, leaders, and researchers - through intellectual rigor, academic excellence, and oustanding achievements.

Scholars are required to complete three Benjamin Franklin Seminars - small, intensive classes in a wide range of disciplines across the liberal arts and sciences - as well as a Capstone Honors course in the Nursing school. 

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Dual Degrees

We recognize the the value of interdisciplinary learning, which is why students at all levels - undergraduate, masters, and doctoral - can pursue a dual degree with other schools across campus. Our Dual Degree page provides a complete listing of our approved programs.

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Global Opportunities

Penn Nursing offers a variety of international experiences for students in the BSN and MSN programs. These range from short-term opportunities - focusing on comparative healthcare in international contexts - to full semester clinical experiences. 

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Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation

**The Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is coming to an end and we are no longer accepting applications.**


Penn Nursing offers a variety of minors in such in-demand areas as global health, palliative care, health services management, and oncology. Adding a minor allows students to complement their major by diving more deeply into a specific area of inquiry. 

See a full listing of our minor programs for BSN and MSN students.

Nutrition Major

Our Nutrition major is an interdisciplinary collaboration with Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences. You’ll study concepts like dietary behaviors and metabolism, as well as scientific approaches to the physiological roles of nutrients in the diet, from the cellular to human level. 

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Research Opportunities

Students have numerous opportunities to engage with research at Penn Nursing - whether that means participating in one of the school-supported research centers, applying for a prestigious fellowship through the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF), or working one-on-one with a faculty mentor on a student-driven research project.

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One of the most popular options at Penn Nursing, submatriculation allows undergraduate students the opportunity to apply to a graduate program and begin coursework while they are completing the BSN degree. Students can apply to any of the MSN / DNP majors here at Penn Nursing, or to Penn Law. 

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Note: students interested in the PhD program should apply for the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation.