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scholarly agenda that pushes the boundaries of nursing science, in turn influencing education and shaping policy and practice.
Education
Education at the University of Pennsylvania facilitates the intellectual, personal, and social development of students as they identify and attain academic and professional goals.  Our educational environment fosters independence, ethical behavior, creative and critical thinking, increased breadth of knowledge, and sensitive interactions concerning cultures and viewpoints.
Programs, from baccalaureate to post-doctoral and lifelong learning, are enriched by the varied needs and perspectives of a culturally diverse population, as well as pressing needs for nursing leaders in a rapidly changing world.  These leaders will be the clinical experts and nursing scholars of the future.
The baccalaureate program, including traditional and second-degree students, focuses on professional nursing practice across the continuum of health care, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable populations.  The curriculum is dynamic and reflects changes in science and technology as well as content and clinical experiences emphasizing evidence-based practice, leadership skills, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
The Master’s programs focus on advance practice nursing and administration, with an emphasis on specialty and subspecialty practice in concert with changing societal needs.  Graduate nurses are prepared for advance practice that creatively combines knowledge and skills in critical thinking and expert interventions across the lifespan.  Special attention is given to clinical decision making and management skills, as well as methods of evaluation of quality and cost of care.
Pre- and post-doctoral education is dedicated to advancing the discipline of nursing through research.  The goal is to equip students with a foundation in nursing and a field of concentration in order to make substantive contributions to scholarship.  Strong faculty mentorship is integral to the development of a critical cadre of future researchers, academicians, and leaders, nationally and internationally.
Practice
Practice serves as the foundation for research and education and is defined as the diverse and varied construction, application, and evaluation of knowledge
and action within the discipline of nursing, and most importantly for the users and recipients of nursing care.  We believe it is the responsibility of academic nursing to serve as the fulcrum for modeling the intentional integration of education, research, and clinical care in order to advance the science and shape the structure and quality of health services.
DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The School of Nursing provides students with an Ivy League education, strong clinical preparation, and unlimited opportunities to create their own paths in the health care system.  The curriculum represents the combined resources of the undergraduate and graduate schools of nursing, the four hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, as well as the University as a whole.  The Penn Nursing student works toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in a program that balances the liberal arts, sciences, and professional nursing preparation.  Completion of 40.5 course units is required for graduation.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
I. Nursing Major 29.5 cu’s
A. Clinical Courses 14.5 cu’s
B. Non-Clinical Nursing Courses  14 cu’s
C. Nursing Elective 1 cu
II. Sector and Free Elective Requirements  6 cu’s
Sector I—Society  1 cu
Sector II—History and Tradition  2 cu’s
Sector III—Arts and Letters 1 cu
Sector IV—Formal Reasoning and Analysis 1 cu
Free Elective  1 cu
III. Writing and Language Requirements 5 cu’s
Writing Requirement  1 cu
Language Requirement 4 cu’s
  Total: 40.5 cu’s
Nursing Major
The core curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing consists of nine clinical courses, 13 non-clinical courses, and one nursing elective.  A list of required clinical and non-clinical nursing courses can be found in the School of Nursing Undergraduate Handbook, available online at www.nursing.upenn.edu/ students/handbooks/.  
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