Penn Nursing Admissions: Accelerated degree

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Find Your Specialty The BSN Second Degree Program

Focus Your Study The BSN/MSN Program

Activate Your Career The Hillman Scholars in Nursing Innovation BSN/PhD Program

The Accelerated Program is designed for students who have earned a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and are drawn to the nursing profession through advanced study at Penn Nursing. Students enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Accelerated Program are ambitious, inquisitive, and diverse. They are graduates of elite universities and have earned degrees in a wide range of disciplines. They are civil engineers. They are lawyers. They are social workers. As the only nursing school at an Ivy League university offering multiple degrees, Penn Nursing is consistently ranked as one of the top nursing schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Our students learn from the nation’s leading educators and researchers, gaining real-life nursing experience in a state-of-the-art simulation center and at top-ranked clinical sites. Penn Nursing graduates are equipped with the expertise that leads them to exciting career opportunities both at home and abroad.

See the World. Experience the World. Penn Nursing students come to us from around the corner and around the globe. They have worked in corporate America, traveled to the most remote parts of the world, and have served as Peace Corps volunteers. They bring a wealth of experience to their studies and enrich our community with fresh ideas and enthusiasm for learning.

Penn Nursing has a deep focus on global health, with myriad opportunities to study all over the world. Study Abroad Programs Botswana, Israel, Honduras, Spain, and Thailand are a few of the countries where Penn Nursing students have the opportunity to study abroad. Nursing students are encouraged to explore a full range of study abroad programs, including clinical practice at a government clinic in Botswana, and psychiatric mental health and community health in India. Through Penn’s Nursing Global Health Affairs Office, students can take advantage of unique opportunities to make a profound difference in maternal and infant care delivery in Haiti, where the infant mortality rate is astoundingly high. The School of Nursing is committed to fostering strategic partnerships for developing nursing science that effectively addresses local and global challenges to health, including health disparities. Semester, summer, and independent study opportunities are available. Students have 24-hour worldwide assistance and emergency services through Penn’s affiliation with International SOS.

Center for Global Women’s Health

Global Nursing and Health Care Minor

The Center for Global Women’s Health (CGWH) is a unique interdisciplinary collection of faculty and students who are dedicated to making a measurable impact on women’s health issues around the world. Members collaborate on women’s health scholarship, education, and clinical practice.

Social justice is the underlying focus, with research programs designed to promote the well-being of women and girls. Research concentrations are in the following areas:

afety from Violence and Harm • S quity, Empowerment and • E Advocacy, and ealth Promotion and Disease • H Prevention. CGWH research is impacting policy change in areas such as sexual assault examination.

In response to society’s growing needs to address global health threats and challenges, Penn Nursing has designed a specific Global Nursing and Health Care Minor for master‘s and post-master‘s students. Each student selects a geographical area of focus in this four-course concentration, which provides a deep understanding of the core dimensions of global health.

Study Leaders. Be Leaders. Penn Nursing’s expert faculty and staff provide a rich support network that guides graduates throughout their studies and into their professional careers. Graduates of the accelerated program accept highly sought-after clinical placements at the nation’s top hospitals.

Mentorship Program

Simulation Center

The relationship between the mentor and mentee is a rich, mutually rewarding collaboration that supports students throughout their academic and professional careers. All Penn Nursing students have a faculty advisor working closely with them to help develop their skills, nurture their interests, and engage in dialogue about the current developments in the nursing profession.

The Helene Fuld Pavilion for Innovative Learning is Penn Nursing’s unique, state-of-the-art educational center. This 7,000-square-foot space is equipped with the latest technology. The state-of-the-art interactive mannequins breathe, cry, and respond just like reallife patients. Students gain practical knowledge and experience in a multitude of simulated care settings including home, outpatient, and hospital. In this challenging environment, students safely test their skills, efficiency, and diagnostic abilities.

Create Opportunities. Embrace Opportunities. Students in the accelerated program can choose from a multitude of options to focus their study. Penn Nursing offers 15 master‘s specialties, flexible degree options, and unique joint degrees with other University of Pennsylvania schools, such as the MSN/MPH and MSN/MBE.

Research As a research-intensive university, Penn Nursing students have unprecedented opportunities to study with top nursing scientists and make an impact in policy and practice. The internationally renowned faculty represent the greatest minds in nursing research, education, and practice. Penn Nursing boasts seven research centers where pioneering studies in various specialties are shaping and furthering the practice of nursing and health policy.

MSN Options

Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation This unique BSN-to-PhD program educates the nursing scientist who has a passion for creating innovative solutions to health issues facing vulnerable patients and populations. Students selected for this highly competitive program receive scholarship support.

Whether interested in nurse anesthesia, midwifery, pediatric oncology, or healthcare administration, there are 15 specialties to choose from, taught at the highest level by the top nurse educators and clinicians in the country.

See the Difference. Make a Difference. Academically Driven, curious, and fully engaged, Penn Nursing accelerated students have a commitment to making a visible impact in nursing care through outreach, health promotion, and global health equity. There is no limit to the ways that Penn Nursing students can become involved with issues they are committed to affecting positively and create real change at the clinical level.

Health Promotion

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