University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
|Dean||Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN|
|Location||Philadelphia, University City, PA, USA|
|Affiliations||Ivy League, American Association of Colleges of Nursing|
The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (also known as Penn Nursing, or SON) is an undergraduate and graduate institution at the University of Pennsylvania located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to U.S. News & World Report, the School of Nursing at Penn is among the top-ranked graduate nursing schools in the United States. The School of Nursing receives approximately $480 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, making it among the most highly funded nursing schools in the country.
Penn Nursing's main building, Claire M. Fagin Hall, is located south of the center of campus. Within a block of Fagin Hall are the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and buildings of the Perelman School of Medicine.
Previously, Fagin Hall had been the Tri-Institutional Education Building. In 1973, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania became part of the University of Pennsylvania. The following year, the Board of Trustees voted to close the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's nursing training school. Subsequently, the Tri-Institutional Education Building became the main building of the School of Nursing.
At the undergraduate level, the School of Nursing offers traditional and accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs. From October 2014 through September 2015, the NCLEX first-time test-takers pass rate was 93.04%. While Yale University and Columbia University also have nursing programs, Penn is the only Ivy League institution to offer a baccalaureate nursing program.
Penn Nursing has 15 masters programs, including nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse-midwife, as well as a doctoral certified registered nurse anesthetist program. The majority of Penn Nursing's graduate programs are top-ranked in their specialty. Penn Nursing also offers a PhD program.
Students can also earn joint degrees from the School of Nursing and other schools in the University of Pennsylvania. Options include the Nursing and Health Care Management program with the Wharton School, leading to a BSN and a Bachelor of Science in Economics. There are also dual-degree and joint degree options for nursing students of different degree levels and in different schools in the university.
Nursing students have the option to apply to various study abroad programs during the spring or fall semesters, or during one of the two summer sessions of Penn's academic calendar. Sites include Australia, England, Botswana, Hong Kong, Spain, and Thailand.
- Linda Aiken, health services researcher
- Claire Fagin, Dean Emerita, first woman to serve as interim president of an Ivy League university
- Sarah H. Kagan, gerontological nurse and MacArthur fellow
- Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing
- Center for Global Women's Health
- Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research
- NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health
- Although HUP began operating a school of nursing in 1886, it wasn't until 1935 that Penn responded to The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association's request for higher education institutions by adding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education to its list of academic programs. In 1944, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania authorized the newly created School of Nursing to grant the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. A 75-year legacy.(2009, Fall). UpFRONT, 5-6.