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BSN Students

The School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania welcomes the newest members of the Penn Nursing community. We look forward to welcoming you in person during New Student Orientation!

Incoming Student Checklist - 2018

Set up your PennKey
A PennKey and password are required to access many of the University’s resources, including establishing your Nursing email. You should receive a PennKey set-up code in the mail or email within 5 to 7 business days after you submit your enrollment deposit. If you do not receive your set-up code in this timeframe, please visit the PennKey website and click on the “student” tab.


Set up your Nursing Email
Request your Penn Nursing email address and computing account here . It is important to register for and regularly check your Penn Nursing email account. Once you arrive on campus, it will be the School of Nursing’s primary means of communicating important class and clinical requirements, information about scholarships, jobs and internships, as well as School news and events.  The computing account will also give you the ability to log into the computer lab at the School of Nursing as well as access your shared drive – be sure to take a look at our Office of Information Technology’s information for incoming students as well.
Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
Incoming students are expected to read the Academic Integrity at the University of Pennsylvania Guide  and the Code of Student Conduct before arriving on campus.

Registration and Advising Information

BSN Students

In late August, students will be assigned a faculty advisor who will work with you throughout your time at Penn Nursing to discuss academic and personal concerns, oversee future registration, and provide mentorship related to your career goals. Until then, the advisors in the Office of Student Services will serve as your primary academic advisors.

Advisors can be reached by email at .  *You do not need advisor sign off to register during advance registration for fall 2018 courses in the School of Nursing.

Registration Instructions

Sample Plan of Study

Sector Descriptions and Sector Finder Tool

Nursing/Wharton Dual Degree Students

NHCM  Registration Instructions

NHCM   Sample Plan of Study

NHCM sector (liberal arts) requirements are different from those for single-degree Nursing and single-degree Wharton students.  Please refer to the sample plan of study above, and consult with NHCM advisor Dr. Christina Costanzo  for more information.

Course Information and Policies

Academic Policies and Placement Exams
Course Information
  • Welcome Letter from N061 Faculty
  • Freshman Course Timetable  - Full listing of courses across the University. 
  • Freshman Seminars - While not required, freshman seminars are an excellent introduction to academic life, and are highly recommended during the freshman year. Freshman Seminars provide a unique opportunity to work with a faculty in a small class setting (usually no more than 20 students) devoted to a significant intellectual endeavor.
  • Nursing Course Timetable - Full listing of Nursing courses offered this Fall.
  • Writing Seminars  - All Nursing undergraduates are required to take a writing seminar during their first year at Penn, which offers a chance to develop your writing skills through analysis and discussion of various text and interesting topics.
Compliance and Immunizations

All students at Penn Nursing must have appropriate immunizations and a physical evaluation to enter the clinical setting. Students also must have a series of background checks, CPR certification, online trainings and a drug screen annually.

Please check your Nursing email throughout the summer for updates and instructions from the Office of Student Information regarding clinical compliance for Fall 2018.