Nurse Practitioner Program of the Month: University of Pennsylvania

Yes, most spring NP program application deadlines have passed but it's not too early to start making plans for fall.  Now is the time to start thinking through your NP education.  Are there any additional prerequisite courses you need to complete?  How will your plan fit into the proposed 2015 DNP requirement?  If you are thinking of becoming a nurse practitioner in the near future, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is certainly worth considering in your NP program search.

Why consider the University of Pennsylvania in your NP program search?  Whatever the stage of your nursing education, Penn's got a program for you.  The accelerated BSN/MSN program for students with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing, for example, allows students seeking a career change to take the fast track to becoming a NP.  If you already have your nursing degree and are simply looking to advance to the MSN level, Penn offers a multitude of MSN specialties.  From an adult-gerontology acute care NP program to a pediatric oncology nurse practitioner specialty, the University of Pennsylvania provides specialty options for students of all interests.

Penn's curriculum is also quite innovative compared to other universities.  Students in University of Pennsylvania's NP programs are given the opportunity to select a minor creating a further specialized education.  Minors such as adult oncology, palliative care and global nursing and health care allow students to tailor their education to meet personal career goals.  

Outside of the classroom, the University of Pennsylvania offers a wide range of opportunities to round out your education.  Students may study abroad at participating universities, Australia's University of Queensland, for example.  Other international opportunities include summer programs like community health in Botswana or comparative health systems in Hong Kong or Thailand.  More of a homebody?  Not to worry, Penn also provides plenty of supplemental local activities for nursing students as well.  The Healthy in Philadelphia program, for example, is a collection of outreach activities geared towards improving the health of adults and children living in West Philly.

How do students fare after graduating from Penn's prestigious NP programs?  NP Komal Patel, a 2011 MSN graduate says "The education I received at Penn has undoubtedly shaped my future for the better.  I gained the key skills and knowledge to become an important member of the health care team".  

Whether you are looking for a nurse practitioner program for non-nurses or to further your nursing education from the BSN level, the University of Pennsylvania has a program to meet your needs.  With highly regarded NP programs, many ranked the nation's number one nurse practitioner programs by U.S. News and World Report, Penn is sure to prepare you for a successful career as a nurse practitioner.

Are you preparing to apply to a nurse practitioner program?  Where are you thinking of attending?